I often hear brides tell me that hiring a makeup artist just isn’t in their budget and that a sweet friend has offered to do their makeup for them. While this gesture is a kind one, it might actually be a huge point of stress on your wedding day. I have also had brides give the same answer for having their hair done and for this blog post I would insert some of the same arguments for having a makeup artist as I would for having your hair done.
Just like in wedding photography, not all makeup artists are the same. There is a vast sea of them and some are really good at what they do and some are not. So how do you weed out the really awesome from the just ok? Here is a list that I use:
Having your makeup done ahead of your wedding day does several things. It allows you and your makeup artist to communicate about the look you want and to fix anything that you don’t like. This also insures that any unknown allergies you might have to makeup don’t crop up on your wedding day itself. I encourage all my brides to time it so that your makeup is done the same day as your engagement photos or your bridal portraits so that it takes one more thing off your plate.
If you are a bride still planning her wedding day and want a list of great local makeup artists, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.