It’s certainly getting to that time of year again, the bookings are flying in and it’s almost BRIDAL SEASON!!!!!!!
This season is especially exciting because I am going to be a bride as well, marrying my high school sweetheart in Feb 2013.
When to book your makeup artist?
It depends on the bride and what she is most comfortable with, some people want and need to be super organised early on. Others are happy to wait until the last minute. Bridal makeup artists can be booked years in advance, so do keep that in mind also when considering making your booking.
As makeup is a very important part of your wedding day I believe the most important thing to remember when thinking about when to book is leaving enough time to have a trial and ensuring you are happy with your artist before you lock them in. You might want to trial a number of different makeup artists? or be happy to trial and book just the one. Either way keep this in mind when thinking about time.
If you have someone in mind, do trial as early as possible to avoid the disappointment of them being booked out
What to look for in a bridal makeup artist?
Similarily to anyone you were considering for a job, have a good look at their references and any images of previous work they have done, especially bridal work. If they don’t have any images of bridal makeup… why is that?
Also ask them how often or approximately how many weddings they have done. Again this might not bother all brides, I mean learner drivers had to start somewhere right? It’s kind of the same thing, when I first started doing bridal makeup I did it for free, then very cheaply just to gain the confidence and skills – ofcourse the brides understood my position and were happy to go with me.
Word of mouth is my best advertisement. So trust the opinions of your friends and other wedding industry professionals, on a day this important you need someone reputable who will be on time and get the job done.
You also want to get along with the person who is going to be all up and in your face! Make sure that when you are talking to the mua they are really listening to what you are saying. They might need to give some professional advice on how to best get what you want from a certain look, but as long as they are hearing you in the first place.
A makeup trial is essential. It is an opportunity to meet, discuss and trial different colours, looks, products and ideas that you have for your wedding day.
Another important thing to remember is that whatever you decide upon during this trial is what you will have on the day, with little or no deviation otherwise you could risk having a less than perfect face on the day due to no practice time.
I always tell my brides to try and have the trial done for their engagement party or hens night! Such a fun way to utilise the trial.
Makeup artists and their Products
Quality of products is extremely important! Especially on a day like this, your makeup artist needs to understand makeup products and application for beauty, bridal and photography, not to mention longevity and most likely tears!
However, not all the brands that muas use in their kits are widely known by everyday makeup wearers. If you do not recognise the brands that your artist uses ask them to explain a little bit about them, chances are they are better than any commercial brand you’ve ever heard of as they will be of industry quality.
What to tell your makeup artist
Be sure to clearly explain how many people will require makeup application, this will significantly impact the cost and time of the makeup application.
The location is very important as a travel fee will most likely incur if you need them to travel a substantial distance, they will also need to ensure they have things like tables and chairs and even power points.