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Bridal Series – How to find the right Makeup Artist for your Wedding day & what to expect from them

Most brides these days know the importance of choosing a professional Makeup Artist for their wedding day.  A good makeup artist knows how to apply makeup which will look good and, most importantly, last from the photos to the ceremony, all the way to the dancing at the end of the night!  He or she will also know what will looks good on camera and how to define your features so you glow with a natural beauty.


Here are some tips on picking a good makeup artist:

  1. Check their website and Facebook pages for pics of their recent work.  They should have a good number of pictures of real brides and not set up bridal photo-shoots, selfies or practice pictures from their makeup course!
  2. Don’t be afraid to contact them with any questions such as what makeup they use  (they should use mostly high quality brands of makeup) or whether they can offer skincare advice leading up to the wedding.
  3. Check what qualifications they have.  They don’t have to be working for a makeup counter but they should have recognised qualifications so that they are trained to do Bridal makeup.
  4. You should book your makeup artist 1 year to 6 months in advance of the wedding.  Some popular artists can book out 12 – 18 months in advance!  Especially for weekends or popular dates like bank holidays or around Christmas time, so tick it off your list early.
  5. This is a big one!  As tempting as it might be to get someone who’s not very experienced or “does their own makeup lovely”  to do yours on your wedding day – don’t do it!  Hire a professional.  As much as someone may be good at putting makeup on themselves and have plenty of selfies to prove it, trusting them to apply makeup to you & your bridal party on your big day is a different story!  I’ve heard so many stories of girls who got a friend or someone down the road  who did a 5 week makeup course to do their wedding makeup and it has turned out to be a disaster!  Remember your wedding photos last forever and so does a bad makeup job, so wedding makeup is the one thing you should not scrimp on and I can’t say that enough.  Also if someone is charging 25 a face to do wedding makeup, I would be wary, you really do get what you pay for I’m afraid and they may not have the skill and professional makeup in their kit to give you the look you deserve for your wedding day.


What you should expect:

  • Your makeup artist should give you a quote which includes makeup for yourself and your bridal party on the day.  Any trials will be priced separately and should be booked in advance of the wedding – A trial is extremely important in order to come up with the perfect look for you, so don’t skip it!  You can expect the trial to last for 1-2 hours and most are carried out at the makeup artists house, although they can come to you if preferred.
  • They should make a list of the exact products used on you and take pictures so that they can recreate the same look for you on your wedding day.
  • They should be able to advise you on a skin care routine to follow leading up to your big day.
  • If there is anything your makeup artist does at the trial that you don’t like, let them know and they can change it for you or adjust it on the day to make sure  you’re happy.  After all it’s only makeup so can easily come off or be adjusted by a good makeup artist.
  • If you don’t like everything that the makeup artist has done on you, you don’t have to book her/him for your wedding day.  It’s so important to feel like you will look your absolute best so if they have put too-dark foundation on you, that’s not exactly going to inspire confidence!  However, most true professional artists can match your foundation and colouring no problems and they are experienced enough to know what colours suit you.
  • You should have some idea of the look you’re going for prior to the trial, if you have something specific in mind and you have pictures to show (of a celebrity for example), that will be really helpful to your makeup artist.
  • Make sure you let your makeup artist know exactly what level of makeup you want on the day.  You may be someone who rarely wears makeup so wouldn’t feel comfortable with a smokey eye or bright lips and you might just want to look like a natural more pretty version of yourself with very light makeup.  Then again, you may be used to wearing a lot of makeup, including liner and lashes and you may want to go all out with a pretty, glam look.  If so discuss this with your makeup artist beforehand so there are no misunderstandings.  If you just say “do whatever you want, I’m easy” and then you don’t like what she/he does, you can’t really blame them if they had no guidance or at least a general idea of what you want.
  • Remember your makeup will probably be a little more and a bit more colourful than what you are used to, even for someone who doesn’t wear much makeup.  The reason for this is that it must be defined enough to show in the pictures and also applied well enough to last the whole day/night.  However, it shouldn’t be of drag queen proportions! (unless that’s the look you are going for!!)
  • Your makeup artist should be able to supply and apply false lashes, either strip or individual lashes for you and your bridal party on the day.

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On the day:

  • Your makeup artist should arrive early and in plenty of time to do all of your bridal party.
  • You can expect each makeup application to last 30 – 45 minutes (more for the bride or for smokier looks) so be aware of that when planning hairdresser timings etc.
  • The makeup artist should stay for touch-ups prior to you leaving your house.
  • They should be able to provide you with a sample of the lip products used on you and your bridal party for touch-ups during the day but you should carry your own powder or blot sheets if necessary.  The makeup artist can buy these for you and give them to you on the day, so just ask!
  • Finally, your makeup artist will always appreciate it if you send them a professional photo (for their portfolio) after the wedding which clearly shows the makeup of you and your bridal party 🙂

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If you have any further questions or would like to book me for your wedding makeup, check out my website at: or

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All pics above are of weddings that I have done makeup for 🙂