What to expect when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding

I often get clients who are a little apprehensive about hiring a makeup artist to do their bridal makeup.  Their often worried that they’ll look overdone or not like themselves, which any makeup artist worth their salt, will strive to avoid.  Half of my job is putting people at ease, as I am aware that I’m coming into a client’s personal space and want them to know they can trust me.  But that understanding needs to extend both ways.  Clients need to be realistic about their goals and what is in the skill set of the makeup artist.

What to expect when hiring a makeup artist

1. A makeup artist cannot change the health of the skin.  We can disguise a multitude of skins from a skin rash, a bruise, blemishes even scars – but change the underlying health of the skin is entirely up to you.  If you’re not happy about the traits of your skin then you need to look into your personal health.  Are you drinking enough water?  What is your diet like?  Are you using the right moisturiser for your skin type?  As much as I would love to have a magic wand and do this for you, the condition of your skin is up to you.

2. Don’t be surprised when we use a few more makeup products than you’re used to.  As a makeup artist I sort of take it for granted that a client is ok with me using makeup on them…after all isn’t that why they hired me?  But still I get the odd client now and again who is surprised to see themselves with makeup on.  If you’re are hiring a professional makeup artist, then that is what you’ll get.

3. Be realistic about what you want your makeup artist to achieve for you.  If you’re using imagery to convey what you’d like for your wedding makeup – try to research images with women of a similar hair/eye colour or ethnicity to you.  Also think about the correct age range.  What might look great on a women in her 20’s might not translate well to a sophisticated lady in her 60’s.

4.  Expect a high level of professionalism.  If you feel like you don’t have a say in your wedding makeup, or you don’t like what a makeup artist has done make sure you can verbalise your disappointment.  Any makeup artist should respect your opinions and strive to work towards your dream look x