So, you’re getting married – exciting!
You have found a wedding venue you both love, it’s booked, and your budgets are set.
Now it’s time to look for that perfect wedding dress which makes you feel like a princess and get your hair and makeup sorted – you have to look your best on this special day don’t you!?
Looking for the perfect makeup artist and hair stylist can be one of the biggest challenges you face, the way you look in your pictures need to look like you, just better!
Before I go into how to choose a makeup artist -first let me set a few old wives’ tales straight.
- You do not need to wear a lot of foundation and dramatic eye makeup for your wedding photos, not unless you are trying to sell the makeup artist’s handy work, which you are not, you want photos of you looking divine, not add to the makeup artists Instagram account.
- You do not need to wear a lot of foundation to make your makeup last, a good makeup artist will apply the makeup so well by layering, that it will last till the last kiss good night.
- A full set of false eyelashes will not make your eyes look bigger, they will close your eyes, make them look smaller and make you look like you are wearing a full set of false eyelashes, singular false eyelashes will open your eyes.
- Contouring to change your face shape so that your husband to be has no idea who is wearing that white dress coming down the aisle is not what he wants to see.
- Natural makeup is natural looking makeup. It is not a sheer foundation with a heavy eye – that is still dramatic makeup.
- Just because your friend can do her own makeup really well, does not mean she can do yours.
- Just because someone has done a makeup artistry course, does not mean she can do beautiful bridal makeup, what experience does she have as a makeup artist?
So – back to choosing your makeup artist!
We makeup artists are a sensitive bunch of souls, we are very proud of our work, and we all have a style of our own.
Personally, I like to describe my makeup style as Armani, I like clean natural fresh timeless looking makeup. I love an elegant natural glowing look.
Someone else may describe their makeup style as Versace, bold brazen colourful and dramatic, lots of gold, shimmer and contouring.
Another makeup artist may see themselves as Vivien Westwood (think Jeffree Star)– out there, pushing the boundaries, lots of vibrant colour, dead nude lips or dark black ones.
So when you come to me expecting me to do a Versace style makeup I am offended and confused, just because I am a makeup artist does not mean I want to copy someone else’s makeup! It is an insult to my sensitive artist’s soul!
You need to look like a glamorous version of yourself on your wedding day. Because one day you will look back at your photos or show your granddaughters how gorgeous you looked when you were their age, you look like you!
So, if you are a glam, and think Kim Kardashian’s makeup is AMAZING – choose a makeup artist who does your style of makeup, look at their work online – makeup they have done on other people, not themselves.
If you are a natural girl who never wears makeup, choose a makeup artist whose work reflects your natural style. Just because someone says they do natural makeup does not mean they do ‘natural’, so again look closely at their pictures online.
If you are not sure what style or look you are after, look for someone who does a wide variety of makeup looks, choose someone who has worked outside of the bridal industry as they will be more flexible in their style than someone who has specialised in bridal from day one.
Do not choose your makeup artist on price. Choose them because you like what they do, often, when you think you are saving money, the savings are only around $50 – $100, and for that, you could be missing out on looking the very best version of you. Save a few dollars on the flowers or the wine, but not on your hair and makeup and dress.
If I had a dollar for the number of weddings I have done, where a bridesmaid tells me that the makeup on their wedding day was not as good as the makeup I have done – I would be retired. These girls all admit they were looking at price, not style or quality when they booked.
You will forget the meal you ate on your wedding day, and the wine you drank, but the photos of you, looking like you, will last you a lifetime.
When going for your makeup trial, be clear as to what makeup you wear daily, this will give the makeup artist an idea as to how much or little makeup you normally wear.
Bring pictures from their makeup page or Instagram page – not someone else’s as we cannot copy someone else’ work. If you are a Pinterest queen – go to their Pinterest site if they have one and choose pictures of their work, this way you know that they will get your makeup look on point.
Remember your makeup has to suit your dress style, and the maid’s makeup has to suit their dresses. To avoid the flowers taking all of the attention away from your face, the colour stories need to match. You cannot have red flowers and wear a pink lip!
This is also the same for hair, your hairstyle needs to suit your dress – remember that your whole look is as much a story or style as the rest of your wedding is, it all needs to work together!
You are allowed to see what the makeup artist is doing to your face as you get your makeup done, feel free to check the progress in the mirror so that you know your makeup is on track! If they do not let you look, this could mean you could possibly end up with a makeup look you did not have in mind, by working together, you get to look exactly as what you had in mind.
Also, choose your makeup artist to suit your lifestyle choices. For example, if you are a big believer in cruelty-free makeup or vegan makeup, or you are a vegan or vegetarian, or health nut – you can now find makeup artists like myself who only use cruelty-free, natural where possible and vegan makeup.
If you are a big Mac or Napoleon fan, or only wear makeup that comes from Sephora or Mecca, choose a makeup artist who is on the same page as you, both of you will enjoy the experience of sharing colour ideas etc.