You’d think something like booking a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day would be pretty easy. It’s such a saturated market that you’d think you wouldn't have any trouble finding one. Yet time and again, my brides have said to me how difficult it was to find a hair and or makeup artist that actually produced the kind of look they wanted. Probably because there are so many of us now! It has become increasingly difficult to know who to book and why.
With that in mind, I want to break down ways you can find the perfect artist for you. This isn’t meant to overwhelm you, just open your mind to things you may not have thought were important.
Do you wear makeup on a daily basis? Or are you more of a “only on special occasions” type of person.
Where are your comfort levels with hair and makeup? Think about this one a lot. Do you wear makeup on a daily basis? Or are you more of a “only on special occasions” type of person. Is that due to time restrictions or lack of knowledge, or do you just not like how you look with makeup on. This varies so much from person to person and a lot of the time, many find this question quite difficult as they haven’t actually had their makeup done before. When it comes to hair, you may have a comfort level with that too! Do you only like wearing your hair up? Do you like covering your ears? Do you always have a fringe? Do you only ever wear your hair down? Noting down things like this can really help you when it comes to imagining your dream look.
Define Your Bridal Style What I mean is, Do you love the idea of looking like a celebrity, like you’re about to step onto the red carpet? Or do you want the natural girl next door look? Do you see yourself as a chic city bride, or ethereal and boho for your dream rustic wedding? Do you want to look like a completely different person or do you just want to look like you but a more polished version?
It’s so important to choose an artist who showcases the type of bride as well as hair and makeup style, that you can relate to
Do you research - Obvious yes, but once you know the answers to question number one and two, you’ll be able to distinguish what to look for in your ideal artist. When looking for a hair and makeup artist, look at the images on both their website and social media platforms. It’s so important to choose an artist who showcases the type of bride as well as hair and makeup style, that you can relate to. This way, you know how you want to look is within their style and expertise. A lot of artists may showcase various different looks, but that can be quite confusing, as you don’t know what they truly specialise in. Finding an artist that showcases the same kind of style throughout their work, means they are a true expert in that type of look.
“There is no point booking a glam look, with an artist who specialises in natural”
What kind of person do you like? Another important thing to think about is the type of people you like to have around you. On your wedding morning, you are surrounded by the people you love, and who love you. Your wedding morning is a large chunk of your whole day and you are going to want a hair and makeup artist who fits in with that. This is where social media and ‘about me’ pages can be so useful. By looking into the type of person an artist is, will help you decide if they’re the right fit for you. They could be the best, most established artist in the world, or the most budget friendly, but if they’re not a 'nice person' are you going to want them there on your wedding morning?
It can be very difficult to see if these are genuine recommendations or someone just talking about their Mums, friends, aunties, daughters friend, who they've never actually met.
Recommendations Having a friend or family member recommend an artist is great as they have seen the work they produce, and the type of person they are, also knowing you as a person means they wouldn’t recommend that artist if they didn’t think you’d like them too, but be weary of someone who is recommended on a social media group.
You may have seen it before. Someone asks for a recommendation for a certain service, and about a hundred names flash up. It can be very difficult to see if these are genuine recommendations or someone just talking about their Mums, friends, aunties, daughters friend, who they've never actually met. By all means use the recommendations as a guide, but then go back to the “do your research” point and check them out yourself.
Are they calm and collected, or fun and bouncy?
Testimonials Here is where you get a real feel for how that artist works. Are they calm and collected, or fun and bouncy? This will give you a great idea again, of the type of person that you want on your wedding morning. Do they specialise in giving a natural confidence boost or are they more of an expert in glam styles. You should be able to spot a theme with enough testimonials.
Logistics: Before making your final decision, find out about logistics with your chosen artist. Discuss their availability on your wedding date, the number of assistants they'll bring, and the time needed to complete your hair and makeup. Ensure they are well-prepared to accommodate your bridal party and discuss any additional costs or requirements for travel, touch-ups, or early morning services.
Remember, it's not just about their technical skills and cost
Ultimately, finding the perfect hair and makeup artist for your wedding day involves careful research and consideration. Remember, it's not just about their technical skills and cost, but also their ability to understand and bring your bridal vision to life. By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to selecting an artist who will make you feel confident, beautiful, and happy as you walk down the aisle.
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