Everyone wants their big day to go smoothly. Gorgeous hair, beautiful skin and physique, captivating dress, and a classy setup. But just how do resourceful brides select their makeup artist for their special day? We spoke with numerous brides and came up with a list of common considerations. These 10 tips will help you make the right choice, and we’re not talking about your other half.

 

The makeup artist you choose will be with you on the morning of your wedding day which is a special time full of nerves and excitement. You need to feel comfortable with them and they should fit in seamlessly, like an extension of your bridal party.”

She said choosing a bridal makeup artist is about more than the makeup.

“Besides the makeup, we end up helping with a whole host of other things including holding babies, zipping bridesmaid dresses up, answering the door, and most importantly, pep talks! When the bride is in our seat, we’re spending that time reassuring, easing their nerves and making them feel comfortable. It’s all part of the job

1. Start early

About eight months prior to your wedding, start taking note of makeup artists and their works. If you’ve recently attended a wedding and you liked the makeup style on the bride, ask for the name of the makeup artist and do some research on their portfolio to assess whether you like what they do. Also useful is creating a mood board that depicts the looks that you like. This can serve as a source of inspiration for your to-be makeup artist.

2. Reviews matter

Every makeup artist has a track record, and it pays to read reviews given by past clients. Participate and read comments posted on bridal forums to get a sense of who’s who in the bridal makeup industry. From there, you can shortlist the top few makeup artists that you’d like to speak more with or even select for your big day. Be mindful to take reference from reviews by other brides, and not just marketing teams out to convince you of how good their artists are.

3. Try it out

The same way car buyers request a test run before laying down their down-payments, ask if the makeup artist can do a trial session. After all, your skin is just as important as your big day and you would want to be in the care of those who know their stuff.

During the trial, bring photos of the makeup looks you like and share the mood board and all your preferences so that the makeup artist can get a sense of what you want. Schedule a whole day shoot, both indoors and outdoors. This way, not only will you see how well the makeup lasts in real life, you’d have it on print as reference. This can be especially helpful so that your makeup artist can decide on the type of foundation to use for your indoor or outdoor segments during the big day. Take note, though, that trials usually come at a fee.

 

5. Don’t forget about your hair

Your wedding look is incomplete without styled hair, and here’s a valuable tip a bride shared with us: it helps when your makeup artist and hairstylist can work well together. Schedule a trial session when both stylist and artist can work concurrently on you, so that you can preempt possible clashes in opinions or flare-ups. Remember that weddings can sometimes be high-pressure work environments, and when big families or wedding entourages come into play, it really helps to know you’ve got people who’ve got your back no matter what.

On the other hand, if your makeup artist is doubling up as your hairstylist, it will be a good idea to check out his or her hair portfolio too, to make sure you like the hairstyling as much as you like the makeup style.

6. Remember your entourage

Factor in makeup for your bridesmaids, family members, and special guests. Speak to your makeup artist and ensure that they have it included in the cost. Let your makeup artist know exactly how many other people will be needing her services, so she can decide whether she needs to bring along assistants. This is especially important if you have a huge entourage. Say, if you have a family of twelve, you might definitely need to get a supporting makeup artist to help your guests look good, while your makeup artist attends solely to you.

 

9. Get to know them personally

Ultimately, you’d want a makeup artist who has a good attitude. Therefore, it’s important to select someone you feel comfortable with and well taken care of by. It is one thing to have a creative flair that helps you look good on your big day and another when that streak runs its own course. Speak honestly with your makeup artist, and let them know if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the agreement. It is your big day, and apart from looking good, it is crucial that you feel positive and happy throughout the day.

10. Prepare your skin

No matter how professional or seasoned your makeup artist is, you have to do the necessary things to look the part. Prepare in advance for last-minute emergencies such as sudden and unwanted red eyes or swollen lips. Use only linen that your skin is used to in the days leading up to the wedding. Eat simple and cut salt from your diet to reduce the appearance of bloating. Avoid new food or drinks, and do not test out new facial or skincare products two weeks before the big day.

 

6 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING MAKEUP ARTIST

When speaking with your potential makeup artist, Emma recommends asking them the following questions:

1. CAN THEY TRAVEL TO YOU ON THE DAY?

“Make sure they are a mobile makeup artist who is willing to travel to you on your wedding day and they’re not located too far away from where you are getting ready.”

2. DO THEY DO TRIALS? 

“A trial is essential to make sure your makeup artist can achieve the look you want, and it will also give you confidence on the day.”

3. WHAT MAKEUP BRANDS DO THEY USE?

“Make sure you choose a makeup artist that uses high quality brands. Also be sure to let them know of any skin conditions or allergies so they can cater to this.”

4. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO DO MAKEUP ON THE DAY? 

“It takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour to do the bride’s makeup. If you are booking your makeup artist for your bridesmaid and mothers or other guests, I recommended to have at least 30 to 45 minutes for each additional person.”

5. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

“They should be happy to discuss the packages they offer and should be able to give you a quote over the phone. If you’re planning to hire a wedding hair and makeup artist, you can expect an average cost of £100 to £280. Expertise level, location, and the size of the bridal party will all affect the cost.”

6. WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY FALL ILL OR HAVE AN EMERGENCY ON THE DAY?

“While the chances of your makeup artist falling ill or having an emergency on your wedding day are slim, having a contingency plan in place will give you peace of mind. Make sure they have a solid back-up plan.”