I thought I’d write a quick post on my top 5 tips for choosing a makeup artist for your wedding day. I think anything that will be photographed on the big day is really important, as this is what is going to be captured and looked back on for life! Of course every bride wants to look her absolute best, and you can always do your own makeup, but most brides get a professional makeup artist for their wedding day. I’m one of those people that if my eyeliner flick doesn’t match either side or I accidentally stab myself in the eye with my mascara wand, the rest of the day is ruined, or at least my mood! So without further adieu, here’s my top 5 tips for choosing your makeup artist:
1. Do your homework
It seems an obvious one, but it’s so important to check out the social media accounts of the professional MUA’s you are thinking of booking. This way you can get a real, genuine feel for their work, what their strengths are and their signature look or particular skill; you don’t want to go for a high-fashion MUA if you want a really natural, effortless look for your big day, or vice versa. Although word of mouth and recommendations are great, you still need to make sure they are what you are looking for, for your style and the look you want to go for.
2. Don’t be a MAC snob
Nothing annoys me more than MUA’s who are so hardcore MAC that they haven’t dared to peek behind the curtain and play with other makeup brands, brushes and tools out there. Although their range is huge, personally I don’t think MAC have all the best products across every range of makeup! If I had to use only one makeup brand for the rest of my life, I would probably choose Charlotte Tilbury or Bobbi Brown #justsayin… So don’t assume that all MUA’s that boast they only use MAC products are the best. I love it when an MUA can give me an honest opinion and comparison between different brands and products; like with any good sales person, they should know the competition just as well as their own brand!
3. Get a trial
Unless you know your MUA and they have done your makeup before, I would strongly recommend getting a trial, ideally between 6 and 8 weeks before the date of your wedding. This is to avoid any dramatic changes in your skin condition between the trial and the wedding day, yet give you enough time to make any adjustments or improvements to your skincare regime. Have an image of your wedding dress on hand to show the MUA as certain dresses might lend themselves really well to a certain makeup look, think of the 1950’s tea dresses which can carry off a feline cat eyeliner and strong lip. Even if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want, communication with your MUA during the trial is important; don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t like something, they don’t mind, this is the point of the trial – to work out exactly what you want, which makes for a more relaxed atmosphere the morning of your wedding.
4. Skincare comes first
All the best MUA’s know that skincare is the first step to a flawless face of makeup, so make sure your chosen MUA knows his/her skincare stuff! There really is no point in putting on beautiful, expensive makeup in the hopes of looking like a Grecian Goddess if you’re not looking after your skin. Your MUA should be able to give you a few skincare tips in the run up to your wedding day, specific to your particular skin. You want your skin to be the best, prepped and primed canvas it can be for your MUA. That said, don’t panic if you have the mother of all spots appear the morning of your wedding day, your professional MUA will have tips and tricks to hide and conceal any nasty skincare surprises.
5. Be yourself
And finally, the last thing you want is to walk up the aisle and your fiancé to wonder who “yer one” wearing the white dress is! You want your makeup artist to improve and enhance your natural beauty, not transform you into something, or someone, else entirely! You still want to look like yourself, just better – more glowing, more beautiful; but still you! If you don’t wear self tan a lot, now is not the time to go for a tan the shade of mahogany; if you have naturally curly hair and always wear it curly, now is not the time to go for a poker straight hair style – you get my drift. Likewise, if you rarely wear makeup, now is not the time to rock up the aisle with a dramatic smoky eye and bold red lips. The best look to go for is always a classic, timeless version of yourself.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and by following these steps, find yourself the perfect MUA for you. I will be doing a more in-depth bridal skincare post soon for the months, weeks and days leading up to your wedding day, to ensure your skin is in tip-top, “glowing-from-within” condition.