How To Pick The Right Makeup Artist For Your Wedding
You’ve imagined this day your whole life. You’ve mentally designed dresses, saved pictures and colour schemes just for the biggest day of your life. Now you’re here you want nothing but the best. You’ve spared no expense just to make this day perfect, a day to remember. The dress. The cake. The flowers. The venue. The cars. Brides maids. Flower girls. The lighting. The photographer. You’ve even personally hand made the little favours for each and every one of your guests. But what about your makeup?! And hair?
Choosing the right makeup artist can be like searching for a needle in a hay stack. There are so many factors to consider. For one, a makeup artist can be a little too pricey. I mean it’s only just a little makeup right? Well that’s what someone once said to me. “Oh, I’m not paying that much for just a little makeup….” Well I would ask the question how much does your big day mean to you? Can you really afford to look back at the photos and see yourself all a pale and washed out? Over powered by all the lights coming from the professional cameras and videography equipment? A false eye lash hanging on for dear life, about to fly off with every blink. A falling false lash isn’t something a little photo editing can fix.
We all apply a little bit of makeup for every day purposes. Whether it’s just a little powder, eyeliner or a bit of lippy. But is it passable for wedding day makeup? Is it flawless? Will it withstand the beads of stress and flusters of the whole day? Do you really want to touch-up in the middle of a family photo? Do you or your friend know how to set the makeup so that it does not budge? After all I’m assuming the party will continue well into the morning. You don’t want to be constantly thinking about that fading lipstick! So many questions and so much to think about and yet “it’s only just a bit of makeup….” Right? Well…
Without going into too much depth about the relationship between makeup and photography, even if it is applying just enough to make you look “natural” in the photos, let me give you a few suggestions on what you should consider when hiring a “professional” makeup artist.
A professional makeup artist will come with a whole world of makeup just for you. A makeup kit that is specific to you and your requirements, your skin tone and colour scheme. A kit full of an array of colours and shades just for you. To suit your choice of dress and theme. And of course that one specific look that only you and your makeup artist can put together. Their only goal is to make you look your best for your big day. To bring out your inner beauty. And portray your personality. Every client is unique – a blank canvas – a Mona Lisa in their creative eyes. (well mine, anyway).
Your professional makeup artist should have years of experience with different face shapes and skin tones so they will know which features to highlight and which features to downplay. They should have a vast knowledge of techniques to use in order to bring out your best features. Because simply, not everyone suits the same one-stamp look. Everyone is unique so you deserve a unique look.
A professional makeup artist would have gone to a reputable makeup school and then continued to take on regular makeup courses to keep up to date with current trends and techniques. Make sure your questions about their professional history. Their passion should shine through their conversation about makeup. They should know about different face shapes and eye shapes so that they can suggest what suits you. I mean we all have that little something we need to cover. From a little tattoo to that little blemish that we just want to cover for one day. A qualified professional makeup artist should have no problem in apply their knowledge in colour theory and camouflage makeup. A little colour correction should be no problem. These are specialised makeup that are not really used by everyone on a daily basis. Just like any artist who knows their craft. All this will help towards achieving that flawless finish.
Your makeup artist should be knowledgeable in all areas and types of makeup application. Just in case you are not comfortable with any aspects of makeup. Different foundations, concealers and more importantly different creams, serums and primers specific to your skin type. Apart from the above. You should also take into consideration the following.
RECOMMENDATION - Of course, you should consider a makeup artist who comes recommended by family and friends. After all they would have had first-hand experience with the makeup artist. Also look at other client testimonials. A good makeup artist will have testimonials for you to read along with an extensive gallery of work.
We all live online these days. To be at the forefront of media and clients’ attention, makeup artists need to be pro-active on social media. Snap chat. Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Twitter. Viber. Tumblr. In all there are 91 leading social networks. So you will have plenty of choice and platforms to research on.
PORTFOLIO - how extensive is their portfolio? Most makeup artists will have some sort of portfolio. Whether it’s a basic print out of clients that they’ve done so far. Or a flashier more professional website. Regardless, always look for the quality in their work. Keep a look out for edited pictures. Do they have a good range of real brides or are they just photo shoot pictures? Don’t forget to research them on social media. There are plenty of platforms where the makeup artist can showcase their work.
PRICE – remember, quality does cost money but that doesn’t mean blow your budget out the window. Compare makeup artists. Look at what the going price is. Work out an average price and assess that against your budget. Be aware that with social media everyone is a “professional” these days. So stick to your one question “can they achieve that specific look I want?” a more in-demand makeup artist will demand higher rates. But you can be sure to find someone who is just as good in applying makeup if you research well.
TRIAL - Have a trial with the makeup artist as early as possible. At least 3-6 months in advance of the big day. The closer you get to the wedding the more hectic things will get. So you need someone who will adapt to your requirements. You will have a chance to ask questions. A good makeup artist will appreciate your input. After all, the information you provide will only make their job easier. This will help them narrow down the look you want and the look that will suit your personality. Get to know them personally. Are they open and friendly? You should feel comfortable in telling your makeup artist what you like and don’t like. It should be more of a relationship with your makeup artist rather than a transaction. Your makeup is personal to you so don’t be shy in telling them what you want. A good makeup artist will offer advice on how to take care of your skin and get that glow for the big day.
EXPERTISE - a good makeup artist will come fully equipped with brushes and tools for the job. So talk to your makeup artist. Ask questions. How long have they been in the industry? Are they specially trained in the industry? Don’t forget there is a world of makeup sectors out there and you do have areas that makeup artist can specialise in. In this case its beauty, bridal and even photographic makeup. What you should look for is variety in their work and knowledge. Such as stage, film and special effects makeup.
A makeup artist will have invested a lot of time and money in both training and building their kit. They will be dedicated to their craft.
EXPERIENCE - Check that they do indeed have relevant experience in what you are looking for. A professionally trained makeup artist will know the ropes and have experience dealing with stressful situations. Can they keep calm under pressure? Will they put you at ease? Can you rely on them to take control of certain things if need be? You don’t want to have to worry about the makeup artist too!
Your makeup artist should be versatile. They may have worked in other areas of makeup like fashion, film and TV, and even special effects. This would have added to their knowledge of makeup and lighting. Not all makeup photographs well. Even certain ingredients in makeup will reflect differently under photographic lighting. Your makeup might look fine in person but will it look just as good in photos and film? Does the makeup artist know the difference between incandescent lighting and natural lighting?
An experienced makeup artist will have prepared for practically everything, even down to the mini sewing kit just in case there is a wardrobe miss-hap. Look out for their confidence and skill level. Are they able to answer all your question? Are you satisfied with their answer? Or are you left with niggling doubt? These are all giveaways in how experienced your makeup artist is.
PROFESSIONALISM – your makeup artist should be friendly, polite and well mannered. Yes, you may be looking to hire the best you can afford and there may be a queue of other brides wanting to book them but you are still a very important client. It is your day and your makeup artist should make it so. You should be given the opportunity to talk as well as heard. Your makeup artist should be willing to listen to your ideas. After all you are the expert on what suits you.
VERSATILITY – listening is the key to learning. Your makeup artist should be able to adapt their ideas to suit your requirements.
This shows competence and confidence in their skill. willingness to improve their skills. Willingness to learn and adapt is fundamental to a makeup artist.
As techniques and styles are continuously changing and you want to look up to date. (Another important trait to look out for is confidentiality). Variety in looks suggested, drawing shading highlighting. A skilled makeup artist should be skilled in various techniques. Shading colour correcting, contouring, strobing. The skills would’ve been perfected over a certain number of years. Colour theory, special effects, airbrush techniques.
AVAILABILITY – is your makeup artist available for your required event? Will they be able to fit you in? do you need the makeup artist just for the one makeover or are you planning to change the look for the evening? Don’t forget that brides tend to have a couple of events in the same day. May be the mornings wedding ceremony and then later, the reception party. Asian weddings will involve the early morning ceremony followed by a registry, then probably an evening party. Now all the above can be done in one day or over a few days: Do you want the same makeup artist for all the occasions? Are they available? Can they offer a variety of looks for you? Or should you hire a different makeup artist for each occasion? Will you be moving far after the wedding? Will the makeup artist be able to come to you for the post wedding ceremonies? How much will that add to your budget?
BOOKING - book your choice of makeup artist immediately. They could get snapped up by someone else. It’s as simple as that. Makeup artists are in high demand so they won’t be waiting around for you to decide. They may give you a few days to think about it out of courtesy but there’s no guarantee. You can’t expect them to turn away other brides while you think about it. Just don’t take too long. A booking fee is usually required and tends to be non-refundable. So be aware of that. They most certainly will be turning away other potential clients so this will be a compensation should you change your mind.
TIMING - how many people need their makeup done? Will one makeup artist be enough? Will the makeup artist bring any assistants with them or will you need to look for a second makeup artist yourself? How much time do you need to get ready? How long will each person need to be allocated? Does the timing seem realistic or will you be rushed? Have they left enough time for travel between clients?
Makeup artist for the full day, a few days or just to pop in for the make overs?
LOCATION – how far does your makeup artist of choice need to travel?
Firstly, peace of mind. You’re stressed and worried about getting everything just right. Hiring someone to worry about your makeup will make things just that little bit less stressful.
You are paying for a skilled professional to come to you in your choice of venue and pamper you to your requirement. Now how much would you o
CONFIRMATION & BOOKING - A contract is always a good idea. Just some form of written agreement so there are no surprises for either you or your makeup artist.
Overall, hiring a professional makeup artist takes a lot of stress away from doing your own makeup. They will apply makeup so that it will look good in person and in the photos for years to come. It is a balance of techniques and products whilst taking into consideration your personality and requirements. Makeup should not be a worry at the forefront of your big day so let the professional makeup artist take that stress away from you.
Now, the big question does remain – does your makeup artist also do hair? Or do you need to look for another hair stylist? Hopefully the makeup artist will do hair and if not they will have someone that they work closely with. Be sure to confirm.
Remember when you are taking pictures with your phone bear in mind the lighting around you.