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Wedding Makeup Artist 101: A polished you

wedding makeupMost of you reading this are already thinking “What? I now need a makeup artist for my wedding day?” And the obvious answer is… yes.

Unless you’re sister’s boyfriend is the DJ, your aunt is making the cake, your best friend is sort of good with hair and will attempt to get you ready and your uncle just bought a new camera that he will be playing with at your wedding… you have my blessing to do your own makeup.

Therefore, this post will not be talking about “how” to do your makeup on your wedding day, rather it will talk about the Advantages, the Disadvantages, the Dos and the Don’ts. I also included my own personal advice that I would give to any bride who is shopping for a makeup artist for her special day!


Advantages of hiring a makeup artist:

  • One less stressful thing to worry about doing yourself
  • Professional quality products that will last all day (through sun, tears, sweat… you name it!)
  • High quality wedding photos
  • Everyone in your wedding party can look as polished as you
  • A nice feature in your “getting ready” ceremony with the girls in your wedding party
  • Makes for fun pictures in your wedding album
  • You’re not doing your own hair, right? why do your makeup then?

Disadvantage of hiring a makeup artist:

  • Can be pricey (but worth every penny!)
  • You may not feel like “yourself” with lots of makeup, but trust the Makeup Artist when they say you need to have lots of makeup on for it to even appear on your pictures. Most artists will host a trial to avoid any unwanted looks.

Now that you have decided to hire a makeup artist, do:

  • Ask friends for referrals and look up different makeup artists websites and look up some of their work. Inquire products used, the price they charge and the method they book (deposit, cancelation fee..)
  • Find an artist that you like and book early. Wedding season is so short and all weekends get booked up quickly
  • Book a consultation and explore which looks that are appropriate with your comfort level. I suggest doing it on a special occasion like a shower or a bachelorette. You don’t want it to go to waste and you can test out the longevity of the makeup
  • Advise the artist of the look you’d like to have. There is a difference between subtle, natural, glamourous and dramatic
  • Take care of your skin and drink lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Be mindful if you will be tanning over the summer. Be careful with tan lines and wrinkles!
  • Ask the artist to play up on your best features and try to look like you… but a more polished version. Avoid anything overly trendy or a new look you’ll regret later
  • Avoid a dark or dramatic lip since you will be kissing lots! You can do a darker lip for photos and wear a more neutral colour during the day
  • On your wedding day, ask the photographer to work with the makeup artist and do a test shot to make sure the colours look good
  • Don’t be too matchy matchy. Your eye shadow doesn’t have to match the table runner
  • False lashes look amazing. They can be awkward if you are not used to them, so try to wear them from time to time before the big day. Ask ahead if your artist supplies them or if you should buy them in advance
  • Same goes for contacts. Practice, practice, practice!! Notify the artist if you are wearing them before they start your makeup
  • Eyebrows frame the face, they too should be groomed for the day and enhanced with makeup if needed
  • Bring your own waterproof mascara, it’s way more fun to double dip, you can apply endless amounts and the wand is way easier to use than the disposable ones

“Your bridal makeup should enhance your features so you look like yourself — at your most radiant and beautiful,” – Bobbi Brown (Makeup Artist).

Don’t:

  • Ask for contradicting looks
  • Only shop for the cheapest price. Get the artist you want and deserve
  • Offer to pay for everyone’s makeup. It can be very costly

As a makeup artist, here is my advice to the bride:

  • Choose an artist that you get along with and that you can communicate easily with. Make sure they are reliable, punctual and organized
  • Speak up if you don’t like the look, you should work with your makeup artist to achieve the polished look you desire. However, be sensitive to the artist because artistic talent is a very personal thing
  • If you don’t hire the artist for touch ups during the evening, it’s probably a good idea to buy the lipstick/gloss you will be wearing and have it on you during the day
  • If you think it’s pricey, don’t forget that the makeup artist is using their time to travel, time onsite, professional products, disposable tools and not to mention the time needed to sterilize the brushes after they have left the site.
  • You can always ask for a group discount, but be mindful that too many clients in a short time period can be exhausting for the artist and hiring additional help may not save you money in the long run. There can also be a travelling fee.
  • Tipping is always appreciated, but never expected. When I do get a few extra dollars it always make my day because I know my client was happy 🙂

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