Congratulations! You’ve finally snagged the man of your dreams and you’re getting married! You’re starting to go through the process of planning everything from the flowers, to the venue, to the date. Somewhere along the way, you forgot about a very crucial, yet often overlooked aspect of your day…the makeup!
How do you go about finding the magical wizard who will transform you into the bridal beauty that you’ve spent hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at?
I’m going to break down the how, when, and why for you in this post of hiring a makeup artist for your special day!
First and foremost, hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding will be one of the best investments you make that day. I can’t tell you how many brides have said that they would have spent thousands of dollars for their makeup artist, because it was THAT vital for them to have the perfect look. When I was working for Sephora, I had a woman come in asking for me to do makeup for her “wedding pictures”. I, of course, was wondering why just her pictures? What about her wedding? Did she mean her Upload Filesengagement pictures? She then explained to me that she hated her hair and makeup the day of her wedding, so she and her husband were recreating their wedding pictures so she didn’t cringe every time she showed her wedding pictures. Yep, it’s that important.
First things first, who should you hire?
Finding someone to hire is a tricky process. The biggest thing that I suggest is finding someone who is either certified or licensed. Someone who is licensed in either esthiology (the study of skincare), or cosmetology is a plus. Some makeup artists don’t have a license, but are certified. Usually, a certification is done by a well-off makeup artist or makeup school. Be sure to ask to see any certifications or licenses they hold. A reputable makeup artist will share with you whether or not he or she is licensed or certified.
Although it might be tempting, do not go with a friend or a family member who seems like they’re pretty good with their own makeup. Doing your own makeup is very different from doing makeup on someone else. Ask to see pictures of their work on another face. This will make all the difference, and you can see how they work with various face shapes.
How should I go about hiring an artist?
Social media is an awesome tool for finding the things you need. Looking up people on Google Reviews, Yellow Pages, Instagram and Facebook is a great way to find the right makeup artist for you. Many of my clients come from Instagram, and this is through the use of hashtags. For example, I live in Indiana, so I will put “#indianamakeupartist” on my posts about makeup, that way people searching for makeup artists in Indiana can find me! Not only are they finding ways to book me, but they’re seeing my work which kills two birds with one stone!
When should I book my artist?
It never ceases to fail that I will get brides messaging me a month away from their wedding. This is a sure fire way to sabotage your wedding makeup dreams. Although it is definitely possible that a makeup artist will be available with that short of notice, it is highly unlikely. You have to remember that just like you, makeup artists are busy people. Either we already have a wedding (or two) booked for that day, or we have cleared our weekend for something else. If you are getting married in prime wedding season (May-October), best practice is booking at least 6 months before your date. In this time period, a makeup artist can get to know you and your preferences better, study pictures that you have sent, and book a trial or two before the date. Many brides will book their makeup artist as soon as they set a date, and that is even better!
Are trials really that important?
I cannot stress the importance of a trial enough. They are SO SO SO important, and help to give you the final look that you want for your special day. Be sure to bring pictures of looks that you are interested in. With pictures, however, remember that the model/celebrity/whoever in the picture probably has a different face shape or complexion as you. Do not expect to look identical to the subject, but instead let your makeup artist pull inspiration from the picture. I guarantee this will help him or her have a clearer view of what you want.
With trials, you should expect an artist to book a time to meet with you about two or three months before your date. This will give the artist time to tweak and do another if needed! You should also expect to pay the same amount that you would pay for the day of your wedding. Some artists will give you a grand total at the end of your wedding day, but most will split it up. For instance, if a makeup artist charges $60 a makeover, they will charge you a total of $180. They might have you pay it all in one fee, or charge the $60 each time they do your makeup.
…but what if I don’t want to pay that much?
Think of it this way: you are receiving a service. Although it is not a service that you can hold in your hand, someone is still offering their time and expertise to you. Don’t be cheap. Like I mentioned before, you want someone who is certified and/or licensed, and with this comes a price. You are paying for the products your artist uses on you. You are paying for the time it takes for them to make you look and feel beautiful. You are paying for their travels to get to you that day. But most importantly, you are paying for that person’s education, both past and future–because a good artist will continue to learn more and more throughout their career 🙂
Do I tip my makeup artist?
The beauty industry is one of the biggest tipping industries! If you loved your artist, please, TIP! We don’t expect it, but we definitely appreciate it when you recognize our skill and expertise. If you do feel inclined to tip, general practice would be to tip like you are at a restaurant. If you enjoyed your service, 20% is perfect. If you felt that your artist was amazing and did everything she could to make you feel amazing, tip more! But again, we don’t expect any form of tipping!
What about my bridal party?
Most makeup artists will let you know if they are able to do full bridal parties or not straight off the bat. Be sure to specify how many bridesmaids you have, and whether or not the mother of the bride and mother of the groom will be included in that. A good and honest makeup artist will tell you the number of faces she feels comfortable with doing that day. For bridal parties, trials are not necessary, but pictures are still appreciated!
Those are all of my tips and tricks for booking your makeup artist for your special day! If you have any tips and tricks for future brides, put them in the comments below!