Finding A Professional

Top Tips for finding a professional Make Up Artist


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Having never booked a make-up artist before, I’m unsure of the key attributes I should be looking for when hiring one for my big day – what are your top tips?




1. Research

Before contacting a make-up artist, research what sort of look you’d like to achieve. Reference material for wedding make-up is endless and can be found in magazines and online.

2. Draw up a shortlist

Ask friends and family for recommendations, look in local magazines and see if your hair stylist knows anyone. Be sure to check out online portfolios to get a feel for each artist’s style and creativity. Bear in mind that not all of them specialise in bridal work.

3. Make contact

Email or phone each supplier. Provide as much information as you can such as date and time of the wedding, the sort of look you require, the size of your bridal party and the venue details. You’ll get a feel for the artist after a couple of minutes talking on the phone – you’ll either have a rapport or you won’t. If they’re friendly, knowledgeable and relaxed, you’ll feel confident in their ability. Don’t be shy and ask as many questions as you need to. And make sure you discuss prices in advance so there are no nasty surprises.

4. Arrange a trial

The make-up artist will do their best to arrange the trial around your availability and it will usually last between 90 minutes and two hours. Take any images with you, but if you’re not sure what you want, your artist will be more than happy to guide you. Make sure you’re near a mirror so you can see exactly how your look is developing. If you don’t approve of the finished look, please let the artist know why and allow them tweak or re-do the look. If you’re happy, book the artist!