Your wedding day beauty look may be the most important makeup of your life, and many brides don’t know where to start when searching for the right makeup artist. So, we turned to our team of Global Makeup Educators for help. Keep reading for their tips on what to ask, what to bring, and what things you should always remember.
6-12 Months before Your Wedding
Collect images of bridal makeup you love. Pictures models and celebrities are often retouched, but they are to use as inspiration and will help guide your initial makeup artist interview.
Find three images of yourself that you absolutely love. Bring these images with you, as well, and be sure to explain what you love about the pictures (e.g. I love how the eye shadow brings out the color of my eyes).
Schedule preliminary interviews with multiple makeup artists. Show them the inspiration photos of models, celebrities and yourself, and ask the below questions:
- How long have you been doing bridal makeup?
- What do you love about doing bridal makeup?
- Can I see your portfolio or images of makeup you’ve done? (Look at their images and ask yourself if this is how you want to look.)
- How do you go about choosing your look for each bride?
- What brands of makeup do you use? (Check a brand if you’re not familiar with it to make sure it’s something you want to use.)
- Do you have a capability of doing my entire wedding party?
- Do you do off-site weddings? If I hire you, will you stay all day? How much will this cost me?
- Can I see your brushes? (If their brushes are gross, chances are your skin will be too.)
3-5 Months before Your Wedding
Schedule your bridal makeup test. After you decide on a makeup artist, schedule your makeup test 3-5 months prior to your wedding. At the appointment, our educators recommend:
- Testing multiple beauty looks (one for the ceremony and one for the reception). If your makeup artist cannot stay all day for your wedding, ask what you will need to complete your reception look without him/her.
- Arriving with your bridal hair done or with an idea of what your wedding day hairstyle will look like.
- Wearing a white top or one that is the same shade as your wedding dress so you can see how your makeup will appear when paired with your dress color.
- Taking pictures with a camera that has a bright flash. This will help you determine what your makeup will look like under a professional camera flash, which tends to wash you out.
3 Things to Remember
Bridal makeup should be timeless. 20 years from now you should be able to look back at the pictures and still feel like your look is beautiful and classic.
Groom the groom. Often, the groom gets overlooked during the makeup preparations, but he wants to look good in pictures too. Ask your makeup artist to even his complexion or tone down the shine so he looks and feels great in your pictures.
Ask for what you want. Your wedding day is considered one of the most important days of your life, so don’t hesitate to ask your makeup artist for the exact look you want, and if you don’t like part of the look, make sure to speak up.
Tell us about your bridal makeup tips and share pictures of your wedding look with us on Instagram, tagging @janeiredale and #bridalbeauty.