Choosing your perfect make-up artist

Along with choosing your perfect dress, your wedding photographer, your venue and your flowers; getting your hair and make-up perfect is next on the list.

Evie Smith, a UK based hair and make-up artist has written a handy guide to help you choose between the many options on the market.

Doing it yourself, having a friend do it or hiring a professional.

With so many make-up artists and hair stylists to choose from, it can all seem a little daunting. Some brides will opt to do their make-up themselves or even get a friend to do it. This can be a good idea if you are on a budget, but if your friend is not a professional, the day can quickly go from perfect to a nightmare. Knowing how to make products last all day, what foundations will suit your skin type and where eye shadow should be placed to really make your eyes pop are all very
important techniques that only professional artists will know. They will also know the different between day make-up and photographic makeup. It is important that you look fantastic in your images as well as on the day.

Evie makeup1Where to look

With so many options available, it can be confusing to even know where to start. Some brides’ first port of call will be to go to a make-up counter in a department store. These can be a good idea if you are on a budget, however, bear in mind that not everyone that works on these counters are make-up artists, some will have been trained by the company or just be good at sales. With department stores, it also may not always be possible to have a trial run, which is so important for your wedding day. It is also worth noting that not all of the products that they apply will be suitable for your skin. Professional make-up artists will have an army of different products to suit each and every skin type.

It is a good idea to check the internet for makeup artists in your local area. Artists that are professional will have a lot of good reviews and beautiful images that showcase their work. Check for their websites, facebook pages and google plus to see what others are saying about their work.


Once you have chosen a few make-up artists that you like the look of, it is important to schedule in a trial. This will usually take place in the comfort of your own home 6-8 weeks before your wedding. Having a trial will allow you to meet your make-up artist and see if you get on with them. It is absolutely vital that you get on with your make-up artist. This is your most important day and you need someone that you can be confident expressing your opinions to. At the trial, you can expect to go through various different styles, until you find your perfect look.

Make sure that your make-up artist is constantly taking notes, listening to you and taking lots of images so that he or she can recreate it exactly how you want it on the big day.

Evie makeup2Book them

After having your trials, you should have picked your make-up artist. It is important to book them ASAP. Professional make-up artists book up months in advance, sometimes a year or two and so it is important to secure your wedding date in their diary as soon as possible.

Expect to pay a deposit, sometimes even before the trial, to make sure that they will hold the date for you. Some artists will make you sign a contract. This is for both your peace of mind and theirs. It will explain that they will be there on the wedding day for you and that you are agreeing to pay a set amount on a specific date.

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