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Updated: Feb 13

Ahhh your wedding! A day that memories will be made and forever be remembered!

You have thought of every single detail to ensure your wedding day will be perfect, but have you put the same effort into finding your makeup artist? While it may seem appealing to do your own make up to save money, the superior difference a professional can make will prove the cost is completely worth working into the budget.

Professional makeup artists are bringing their knowledge, skills and techniques to create a flawless look in photos as well as in person. The skill level of a makeup artist will ensure that your make up not only looks amazing but also lasts throughout the day and night.

However every professional makeup artist will have their own style, aesthetics and techniques so here are a few tips to make this challenging task a bit easier.

Photo: Lefteris Kalampokas Makeup/Hair by me

1. Do a research

Do your homework and find different professionals in your area. Make sure that the makeup artist you chose is reputable and understands the time sensitivity of a wedding day. Ask for their portfolio so you can assess the quality of their work. If you have any specific needs (i.e. allergies, product preferences, etc) ensure they are willing to accommodate those needs.

2. Know what you want before you pick a makeup artist

Determining the exact look for your wedding day can be a daunting task. Are you in for a nude look or want to go for full on glam? Deciding on one look can be challenging. However, it is important to have at least a rough idea before you decide to pick a makeup artist. When choosing a makeup artist, you need to keep in mind your taste and style in makeup. If you're more a glittery glam kind of girl, go for someone who creates such looks often. If subtle makeup is your thing, going for someone who prefers that style of makeup would be wise. Just like any other artist, makeup artists too have their own signature style, which they often find hard to completely go away from. So knowing the kind of makeup you want is important before you select one for your big day.

Photo: Snapshot Makeup/Hair by me

3. Schedule a trial run

Skipping a trial might save you some money, but you'll never know what you're in for if you give it a miss. The last thing you need on your wedding day is a makeup disaster. Bridal makeup trials are the perfect opportunity to meet with the makeup artist in person and share your ideas, thoughts and concerns. Be completely honest about your comfort level with makeup and how much you generally wear. True professionals know how to make sure you not only look flawless but also ensure you feel comfortable in the makeup they have applied.

After the trial keep the makeup for as long as you can to simulate your wedding day routine. Make sure to check the makeup in different lighting concentrating and take photos to see how the makeup is captured.

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Photo: Lazaros Grekos - Makeup/Hair by me

4. Find someone you get along with

Having your makeup done on the day of your wedding should be a relaxing pampering experience. Find someone who understands you and makes you feel at ease. The last thing you want on your big day is someone you cannot stand working literally centimeters away from your face for 60-90 minutes. You did not settle before finding your perfect match and your makeup artist should be no different.

5. Quality products

It is highly important to look for someone who has not only the proper training but uses professional products. Training and techniques are what make the biggest difference in the quality of work that will be produced from and individual. Professional makeup artists understand ingredients and the importance of using high quality products instead of cutting corners and using inexpensive makeup.

Do not hesitate to ask for proof of education. The artist you chose is an investment. Take the time to ensure you are investing wisely and have the best possible experience and results.

Photo: Maria Mintsidou - Makeup/Hair by me

6. Hair-styling

Your wedding look is incomplete without styled hair, It is crucial that your makeup artist and hairstylist can work well together. Schedule a trial session where both will work on you in order to avoid possible clash in opinions or flare-ups. Remember that weddings can sometimes be hi-pressure work environments, and when big families come into play, it really helps to know you’ve got people watching over your back no matter what.

On the other hand, if your makeup artist is doubling up as your hairstylist, it will be a good idea to check out her hair portfolio too, to make sure you like her hair-styling work as much as you like her makeup style.

7. The D.I.Y. bride

If the possibility of doing your own makeup is still on your mind then you should at least consider of taking a private makeup course with a professional makeup artist. This will give you the chance to determine your makeup look, the correct products to use and the technique to achieve the desired results the best way possible.

If you have any questions for me feel free to contact me anytime : )

Wishing you the best of luck on your quest!



This article has been published in Ellwed Magazine

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