TIPS FOR FINDING AND HIRING A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST

All eyes will be on you on your wedding.

Your face should reflect the happiness and glow that every bride experiences.

It should also reflect and ‘rise up’ to match the beauty of your gown and headpiece.

Do not skimp on having your makeup done professionally thinking you are saving some money.  Your photos are forever!

Also, make sure that you find a makeup artist that can see your ‘vision’ for how you want to look on your big day.

And make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find the one makeup artist that will be a good fit for YOU!!

Start searching at least a minimum 4-6 months before. But 6-9 months is more realistic.

Makeup artists specializing in bridal makeup book their dates several months to a year in advance so you want to make sure they are available for your date.

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One of the best ways of finding a makeup artist is through word of mouth. A referral from someone you know and trust who has first- hand experience is always a plus as long as your tastes and styles are similar.

Some good questions to ask the person giving the make-up artist referral are the following:

• was the bridal makeup artist reliable and timely

• was the artist friendly and accommodating

• was their kit organized and clean

• how long did the makeup last during your wedding day

• will the artist travel to your home or hotel on your big day

Ask to see photos of the makeup artist work.

If the makeup artist can’t show you photo of his/her work…move on.

When you find someone you think may be a good match for you, call or email them.

Listen to your instincts.

Are they professional in their response? Are they pleasant and courteous?

Do they take the time to answer your questions or rush you off the phone?

Do they ask questions about your skin, your makeup, your vision for your look on your day?

If an email is sent do they respond back to you in a timely manner?

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Set up a trial appointment. Some makeup artist will travel to you for your trial appointment.

Others you have to travel to their studio for the trial but will travel to your location the day of your wedding. Be sure to ask about this ahead of time.

If they are traveling to you for the trial, did he/she show up on time? Do you want to risk this on your big day? Lateness is never excusable.

Is the artist well prepared, and is he/she genuinely interested in what you want and need?

Do they want to know how you are wearing your hair, the style of your dress, what allergies to product you might have if any.

Is the artist’s kit clean and orderly, stocked with a wide range of ‘professional quality’ products and options? And is everything clean and sanitary? Brushes should be clean.

Does the makeup artist wash his/her hands before applying makeup to your face?

Once your makeup trial is completed, don’t be afraid to give your honest feedback.

If you don’t like something, say so. This way the makeup artist can offer alternatives and different options.

Please realize that as a professional we do have experience in what will look good and last but the trial is a conversation between the two of you to come up with a look that you will be happy with. DO NOT say you love it if you don’t because the makeup artist will recreate the same look on your wedding day. The trial is the time to experiment and discuss things and try different colors, etc.

You are paying for this service and have every right to say you aren’t happy.

If your makeup artist is offended or is not willing to accommodate you…move on to another.

If everything checks out and you are happy and want to hire your makeup artist make sure you discuss all the details for your wedding day.

How many total in your party are needing makeup that day.

What time do you need the makeup artist to arrive (allow 30 minutes prior to when you actually think you need them to arrive).

If there are many in your party needing makeup do you need the makeup artist to bring an ‘assistant’ or 'second artist' as well?

Be clear on what the artist payment and business policies are.

And then sit back and relax knowing you have a professional coming to make you gorgeous on your special day !!

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