10 Tips for Choosing a Bridal Makeup Artist

Makeup plays a very important role in weddings. You need to ensure your makeup lasts throughout the night and also enhances your best features for the many moments you will be photographed. While some brides do their own makeup (even the Duchess of Cambridge did!) hiring a makeup artist is a great way to ensure you have one less thing to worry about on your big day. Here are my Top 10 Tips to help you choose the right artist and make the best of your makeup on your wedding day.

1. Plan Your Look: If you have a certain makeup look you like, bring a magazine cut out or even a web image to show your makeup artist. He or she can use these images to get a better idea of what you’re looking for. Pinterest is a great tool for finding bridal makeup looks.

2. Use Social Media: Savvy makeup artists are all over social media promoting their work and their specials. You might get lucky and find a great deal on pricing all while getting to know your artist’s personality. Do searches featuring your location and what your looking for. For example, you could search: "miami bridal makeup artist."

3. Take Your Artist’s Advice: While a makeup artist’s main goal is to keep their clients happy, they also want you to look your best in your pictures, because those shots will be used to show other clients their work. Your favorite makeup look or product might not be the best for flash photography, so your artist will gently suggest something different. The techniques you usually prefer might ruin the photos taken on your special day. The makeup artist is a pro for a reason! Bridal makeup isn't supposed to be what you wear every day--keep that in mind!

4. Schedule A Trial: A bridal trial is your way to “interview” your artist before they do your makeup on the big day. Ideally, the makeup artist should do your makeup just as they would on your wedding day. The contract to secure the artist for your wedding date is also (usually) discussed at this time.

5. Party Hard...Right After That Trial: You won’t get much time to rest at your wedding reception. From the ceremony to the party, you will be moving about, stopped for photos and entertaining your guests. The last thing you need is a makeup meltdown. So, right after your wedding makeup trial, I recommend heading out for drinks or bowling or some other activity to really test your makeup. This will also help you see how your makeup looks in different lighting. If anything goes or looks wrong, bring it up to your artist!

6. Speak Up About Allergies/Product Reactions: Professional artists take great care in what they put into their makeup kits. They select the best products from all lines (not just one...because trust me, not one line is completely perfect!) and make sure those products are the best for their clients. But, they’re makeup artists...not magicians! You know your skin and body better than anyone else. If there are certain products you can’t use, speak up!

7. Know What You Don’t Want: I like to say knowing what you don’t want is just as important as knowing what you do want. The same applies to makeup. If you absolutely hate a color (matte brown, let’s say) or product (liquid liner) or technique (smokey eyes) let the makeup artist know that as well.

8. Bring Your Favorite Lip Gloss or Lipstick: If you have a favorite “everyday” lipstick or gloss, bring it with you on the big day. Bridal makeup is usually (unless otherwise requested) soft and neutral, so your natural lipstick or gloss will probably be great for touch ups. Some makeup artists will leave some gloss and lipstick in a small container for you, but it’s always best to be prepared.

9. Avoid Skin Procedures and New Products: Facials, peels, microdermabrasion,waxing and any other skincare procedures should be avoided a week or two before the wedding so your skin won’t have any irritation. Remember, a makeup artist can cover up the redness, discoloration, or the brown tones of sunspots, but they cannot cover up the texture (like bumps or pock marks).

10. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute: Bridal makeup artists usually require deposits in advance to secure a date. If you wait until the last minute to book a makeup artist, few will want to take on the frantic bride and you will have to rely on makeup counters or less reliable options.

What advice would you give brides about bridal makeup and choosing a makeup artist on their wedding day?

1 comment:

  1. Wanna hear something interesting? I'm the one that does my wife's makeup. Which is fun I admit. I like art, and I think it's a good outlet of creativity. I like seeing her happy

    I was also looking for wedding makeup tips from reapinpin some time ago. When the anniversary happens, probably most would be surprised who's the MUA, yep probably me but it depends upon my wife's decision.

    Thanks for the tips, if we ever need to look for one well, this is the guide I'll be thankful for.


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