How to Choose your Bridal Makeup Artist
AS AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD HERE IS MY TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST WISELY
I have had almost every type of bride you can imagine! I think it is vital to choose a wedding makeup artist that is confident in what they can do and has a relaxed personality. 99 out of 100 brides get stressed due to something going wrong with Flowers, reception décor and family just to name a few and it is up to the artist to make sure that the bride is relaxed and looking forward to walking down the isl looking picture perfect.
Over the past 7 Years I have had extensive experience in the bridal industry with Professional Bridal Makeup, Hair Bridal Styling & photography and thought you will find my tips useful…
Here are my tips for choosing your wedding day Makeup artist…
1. MOST IMPORTANT - CHECK CREDENTIALS & QUALIFICATIONS
There are many people out there posing as makeup artists without any credentials because a friend told them they do a good job with makeup! As a makeup artist we are especially focused on perfection and cleanliness and pick up on an imposter immediately just by looking at their work.
What to look out for in their portfolio: 1. Foundation too light or too dark especially when using flash - as a makeup artist we are trained to do makeup for productions & photo shoots to make sure you look flawless and natural. 2. Over contouring & highlighting (makeup is here to make you look naturally beautiful and to bring out your best features, not too completely change your face)! 3. The use of wax eyeliner inside the eye except if the person has extremely unnatural big eyes. 4. Skew lips. Getting lips perfect lips is the most difficult to do when it comes to doing makeup and makeup artists train endlessly to get it perfect! 5. Messiness! Any makeup spots under the eyes from eye shadow or mascara application. 6. Dark lip liner and light lipstick... Lip liner was not created to be seen but created to prevent your lipstick from bleeding. 7. Definite lines on eye makeup - there should be no definite lines between your Lid, crease and brow bone eye shadow colours. 8. Makeup style, for instance - a Photographic C - this will be the most common style of makeup when doing any bride. 9. Uneven blending of eye makeup, blush and eyeliner.
2. MAKEUP PRODUCTS
Stay Away from any makeup artist using retail store products. If retail products outweigh professional products move on to the next artist! 99% of Professional makeup artists will not compromise when it comes to their makeup products because they know the importance of using professional products designed for photo shoots & productions.
3. WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD BE ASKING? 1. Where did you study? 2. What qualifications do you have? 3. How long have you been in the industry? 4. What products are you using?
4. HAVE A CLOSE LOOK AT THEIR PORTFOLIO
It is of utmost importance that you look at the potential makeup artist portfolio. This will help you see the style of the makeup artist, each artist have their own style... I’m not saying that all makeup will look the same, but the finer details will become more apparent and you will see it across their portfolios’s. For instance, lines, brow shapes and especially cleanliness.
5. IS IT REALLY THEIR PORTFOLIO WORK?
Double check websites and social medial platforms. I myself have come across a few advertisements where my makeup and hair photos has been copied and used by other relatively new artists in the industry that has not yet built their own portfolios, makeup sure you know what you getting yourself into.
As you know makeup products are very expensive especially when you deal with products like Krayolan and Schwarzkopf! Paying a ridiculous amount for makeup does not ensure that you are getting the best artist, allot of things influence the price charged by artists.
Also don’t go for someone who charges too little, this might be the queue that the artist is self taught. It is a good idea to look at prices that seem reasonably, a little bit of research will go a long way…
7. CHECK REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS CLIENTS EG. FACEBOOK NOT JUST WEBSITE
Make sure to not only rely on reviews posted on websites as this can be written by the artist themselves and added to a website. On the other hand a Facebook or Google review can help you to get accurate reviews.
8. NO TRIAL... NO ARTIST…
If any Professional makeup artist agrees to do your makeup for your wedding without a trial... run for the HILLS! It's not worth not knowing what you will get on your wedding day... this is the most important day of your LIFE! Chances you will be able to change it if you don't like it is very unlikely!
9. HIGHLIGHTING & CONTOURING...
As professional makeup artist we know the correct way to highlight and contour! We have been professionally trained! H & C Is not there to change a face shape entirely but to enhance beautiful natural features of a bride by means of highlighting and contouring certain areas. We have been trained to know the effects it will have on your wedding photos.
10. GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST FIRST HAND
Personality plays a vital role when choosing a makeup artist, make sure they are professional but still personal. If you relate to their personality it could be a good idea to go for them... if not it might just turn out to be a disaster on your wedding day.
Out of personal experience I can tell you that I have never had a Bridezilla... YES this word is dreaded by all Makuep artists! I think it might be due to the fact that I do not do a bride without a trial to make sure that each and every client knows exactly what they are getting. I on the one hand have no problem with last minute changes but some artists might not find it too delightful. If you know you are the type of person to change your mind make sure that your artist will be up for it on day and you won't have any problems.
I hope you found my tips useful and that choosing your artist will be just a little bit less stressful.
Written by Alfie Grobler Owner at Beauty On Wheels