I have been doing wedding makeup for years and it is definitely one of the nicest jobs to have. You're involved in such an exciting girly morning and you get to make someone feel (hopefully) the best they've ever looked!
That said, weddings have gotten increasingly bigger in terms of size, budget & expectations and often hair and makeup need be totally sought after. So I decided that I would put some tips that I've learnt along the way from hearing and dealing with others about what to do when picking your wedding artist.
Enquire about your date ASAP!
Firstly if you are a makeup lover you will probably be very aware of how quickly suppliers book up I've had brides in the past ask me to confirm a date before the location can! Regardless of who it is if you have your heart set on them I would make sure that when you have the date to email straight away. If you're not on the makeup scene as such you may be shocked and surprised by how fast people are snapped up!
Research Your/Their Style
Do some research beforehand by looking at their social platforms or website to see if they are your style or even better chat to those who may have used those artists in the past because there is no write up in the world that is better than speaking to someone firsthand. Instagram is a great platform for imagery so you'll really get a feel of the makeup artist's style. Even doing a simple #weddingmakeup search will bring up loads of imagery and styles so you can get a feel for what you're looking for!
Speaking of style, make sure your artist is your style. Yes, it is true that artists can dip their hand at any look but you may want guidance from your artist on what type of look to go for that's within your comfort zone. If so choosing someone that is similar to what you wear or would like to wear will make this a lot easier for you.
Have a Trial
Make sure you have a trial! Most trials are 3-6 months before the wedding - don't panic if you have it before or after this once it suits you and your artist's schedule. But unless you have known them for years - and even at that - I would still have a trial. Even if you feel you trust your artist 100% its more the products you might want to trial - how well the foundation lasted, did you need more powder, were the lashes too heavy as the day went on?
Bring a picture to your trial if you think it will help you to communicate what you want and don't want, however, be open to the fact that it will look different on you as it depends on your face shape and lots of other factors. Google, Pinterest & Instagram are your friends here along with anything you find in magazines etc.
Make Sure You Like Your Artist!
Choose someone you actually like. You are going to spend a third of your wedding with this person so make sure that they make you feel relaxed and that you enjoy their company. You may get emotional or nervous so you need a good calming team around you.
I hope this helps and you can expect lots more blogs on bridal so let us know what else you want some tips on!
Lots of love,