Most brides are overwhelmed with the very idea of planning a wedding and have no idea where to even start when looking for a makeup artist. I’ve talked to so many brides and understand what a daunting task it can be. Here are some things to consider and look out for to make life easier when choosing a makeup artist.
With an endless supply of youtube videos and online materials there are more and more self proclaimed makeup artists popping up. Don’t get me wrong some self taught makeup artists are just as good as makeup artists that have gone through professional training. Others may have only perfected doing makeup on their own face and don’t know what makeup will work for everyone else - every single face is different. A certified makeup artist knows that the same makeup will look different on each person and has learned applications on all different skin types and face shapes. The certification process involves intensive practice on different skin types, eye shapes, face shapes, skin colors, etc. making the artist ready for different faces they may encounter
Be sure to check out their portfolio and make sure they have a working website -- not just an Instagram page. Reputable makeup artists will have a professional looking website showcasing their work. Portfolios should show a wide range of looks from natural to more dramatic looks. If only one makeup look is shown this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but its probably a sign that they only know how to do this one look and this is probably what look you should expect. Also be on the lookout for over-photoshopped images!!!
Reading online reviews are great, but a referral almost always guarantees a good makeup artist. If someone you know recently got married reach out and ask them about their experience and if they would hire them again.
This is something that is often times overlooked, but very important to consider. Make sure your makeup artist is responsive and also that your personalities click. A makeup artist may be amazing, but you might have a hard time communicating with them. Just remember that this person is going to be spending some of the most important moments with you so it is very important that you don't clash!
Price is something we have to talk about. You need to find an artist that fits in your wedding budget, but this is not something you should skimp on. You truly do get what you pay for. A higher priced makeup artist is priced that way for a reason. They have gone through extensive training, use high end products, know how to properly sanitize, and are professional.
Last but not least book a trial! A trial is the best way for you to decide if a makeup artist is the right fit for you. During a trial the makeup artist will create a customized look based on inspiration pictures from a previous communication. A trial does not guarantee your date, makeup artists tend to book dates on a first come first serve basis, so don't wait too long to put a deposit down on your date. Most brides even book their wedding date before they book their trial, but if you are unsure do the trial first, just be ready to lock down the date with a deposit and a contract when you're sure they're the perfect fit.