Top Tips For Choosing A Makeup Artist

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Having your makeup professionally done is a great way to start your wedding day. It’s always nice to be pampered, but it also takes away some of the morning stresses. Here we’re giving you some of our top tips for choosing a makeup artist for your wedding day.

Bride having her makeup done at Whitley Hall Hotel Wedding

Know Your Style

Before you can even begin to search for a makeup artist, you need to know what style of makeup you’re looking for. Start grabbing images from magazines, saving Instagram posts and Pinning to your hearts content. Seeing all these images together will give you a firm idea of the makeup styles you love, and make it simpler to narrow down your MUA choices.

Think Local

Thinking about the distance your makeup artist will need to travel to and from where you’re getting ready is another good way to narrow your search. It may even help to keep costs down too. If you’re getting married away from home, heading to a wedding fayre at the venue or speaking to your wedding coordinator can help you find local MUA’s and other suppliers too.

Do Your Research

Before you add any of your suppliers to your shortlist, do some research. Look at their social media; is their work consistent? Are the comments positive? It’s also a good idea to look at some of their reviews away from the website. If there are any negative ratings, read the text too to see what went wrong, and the response from the makeup artist. It may just be a misunderstanding.
(We once saw a 1* review of a restaurant because there was no dessert spoon on the table at the start of the meal.)

Narrow It Down

When you have your shortlist, start making some calls. Speaking on the phone is the fastest way to make a date enquiry, and get a feel for the person you’re talking to. If you’d like to arrange a meeting you can do so there and then, without waiting for emails. (This is probably one of the best top tips for choosing a makeup artist, or any supplier, that we can give you.)

Establish Packages

Knowing what is included in a package is so important. Will your makeup artist also be able to cover the bridal party? Is there a charge for travel? Is a trial included? Is there a different price point depending on the amount of people? Booking based on price alone isn’t always the best idea, but knowing what to expect for the price you’re paying will stop any additional costs creeping in on the morning of your wedding.

Go With Your Gut

Finally, trust yourself. If you’ve got a good feeling about someone, book with them. Your makeup artist will be one of the first suppliers you see on your wedding day, so getting along with them and trusting that they’ll do their job perfectly is a must. A calm bridal party makes for a happy wedding morning.

Makeup by Daniella Jade at Wortley Hall Wedding

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