The market is saturated with makeup artists, both professional and self-taught. How do you find the right one for your big day?

Below are a few questions to ask your makeup artist at your initial meeting, call or even your first email correspondence. The more information you have at the start the less chance there is for surprises later down the track.

♥ What is your background as a makeup artist? This is always a good question to start with (if this information isn’t already on the makeup artists website). Knowing you are getting someone who qualified and who has a few years’ experience under their belt will help you to feel assured that your bridal makeup will be stunning and stay flawless all day. It is also good to know what type of makeup your artist specialises in – stalk their online portfolio, which should give you a good indication.

♥ What makeup brands do you carry? For your wedding day, you want to have trusted, high end and established brands (especially if you have any skin concerns). Generally speaking, high end brands have more pigment and less ‘filler’ product so the makeup finish is generally better – which for your big day, is so important. Having your makeup artist use brands you have not heard of may impact your skin the longevity of the makeup that you need. I only stock premium brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and Anastasia Beverly Hills in my kit and always ensure to have tested the products on myself before using the product in my kit.

♥ Preparation for the trial? The trial is where all details should be discussed. Everything from the wedding theme, colour of the bridesmaids’ dress, any skin concerns, hairstyles and of course the ideas for the bridal look. In terms of the actual makeup trial, nothing is set in stone. I like to check in with my brides at the end of the trial day to see if they are still 100% happy their looks or if there is anything they would like to change. The bride should feel comfortable enough to change her makeup look up to and even on the day with her makeup artist. This is why it is important to get to know your makeup artist at your trial and decide whether she is the person you want there at the morning of your wedding.

♥ How long will the makeup take? This is an essential question. It will assist with knowing when everyone needs to start and also when everyone will be finished with the glam process. Generally, I allow 45 minutes per person (including lashes). Make sure to discuss any special requests, such as tattoo cover up with your makeup artist, as more time may need to considered.

Should I worry about skin care? I am a huge fan of skin care and I always tell all my brides to start their skin care regime at least 6 months before the wedding day. Your makeup will only look as good as it’s canvas. I have a post dedicated to bridal skin care prep, so feel free to get a full load down there. I share all my tips on giving yourself that natural glow from within.

Your makeup artist should be a fun person that you want to keep around on the morning of your wedding – make sure to choose someone you trust and someone who you connect with.

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