How to pick the perfect bridal makeup artist

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day. The last thing she needs is for her mascara to run down her face or for the heat of the day to ruin her foundation. If your big day is going to be immortalized on camera, you need to be certain that your makeup artist will deliver that confidence boost. If you’re unsure of how to go about it, here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Who’s available in your area?

You might find an excellent makeup artist at the other end of the country, but do you want to pay for their extra travel time? It’s far better to narrow your search down to the beauty professionals that are in your area, but make sure you allow for where you’re getting ready. For example, if you’re searching for bridal makeup in Manchester, isn’t it better that you get a makeup artist that’s closer to the venue if you decide to get ready there? They’ll be more readily available for test runs and consultations, while it reduces the risk of them being late on the big day.

Be clear on what you want

Now that you have a few options in front of you, you need to be clear aboutyour dream style. Do you want a “barely there” look, Hollywood glamour, or something more theatrical? Do you need them to do your hair too? You’ll be able to judge their style of makeup from the moment you land on their page, and it’s critical that you’re able to view a portfolio. If they don’t list these on the website, don’t be afraid to ask directly for them – it doesn’t mean you’re committing to anything.

What experience do they have?

Most experienced makeup artists will be able to give you a list of qualifications as well as references from clients in their portfolio, and you may even find some of the more experienced professionals on popular review sites. If you’re looking for the traditional bridal look, are they a bridal specialist? If you expressly want something more dramatic, do they have theatre or movie makeup experience? Whatever effect you’re trying to create, you need to be able to trust that they can deliver it on the day, so don’t be afraid of questioning them about their skills.

Always have a trial

Of course, it’s an absolute essential that you pay for a trial-run of your look well in advance of the wedding. This is particularly important if you have a specific theme for the wedding, or hair accessory to tie in, because once created, it may not have the same appeal that you thought it would, and you’ll need time to re-think. Also, a trial-run will enable you to see if you’re on the same wavelength as your makeup artist; if you have a good rapport, communicating your ideas will be much easier.

Do you have any more tips for picking bridal makeup artists?

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