Dos and Don’ts of Booking a Professional Makeup Artist

Rochelle O’Brien gives us her top do’s and don’ts for hiring a makeup professional for your big day look…

There are so many bridal makeup artists available now and like anything else, prices vary from budget to high end. Artists who are just starting out will charge less than someone who is very in demand and has many years of experience in doing weddings.

The advantages of booking a professional are that you won’t have to worry about shaky hands when applying eyeliner. If a spot crops up overnight, then you know you have a professional on hand to sort it out, and they will come to your home or venue and you can relax knowing you are in safe hands.

Here are some dos and don’ts from Rochelle O'Brien to think about when looking for a professional MUA:

The Do’s….

Do look for someone who has a good web presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.), a professionally designed website and an online portfolio showing varied looks and styles.
 

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Do book your artist as soon as you have set your wedding date. Good makeup artists get booked up sometimes years in advance. If you have your heart set on a particular MUA, get them booked asap!

Do ask your friends and family for recommendations. Your wedding photographer is also a good person to ask as they work with MUAs all the time and see the work close up. Personal recommendations are always helpful.

Do look for an artist who has lots of experience in making up brides, has a professional kit stocked with different brands and who has online reviews from past brides.
 

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Do take pictures of makeup styles you like to your makeup trial. It helps your MUA to see what you envision for your makeup.

Do try and wear a white or ivory top to your makeup trial. This helps to see how the makeup will look if you’re wearing a top in a similar colour to your dress.
 

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Do take someone with you to your makeup trial if you can. It can be a little nerve wracking if you haven’t had professional makeup before and having someone you trust with you can help, especially if you’re nervous about speaking up if you don’t like something.

The Don’ts…

Don’t be swayed by the cheapest option. You really do get what you pay for with bridal makeup, and while it might seem a bigger outlay than you expected at first, so much goes into working as a professional MUA and it really is worth booking the best person you can afford. I have lost count of the number of times a bride has come to me after having a trial with a cheaper option that has not gone well.
 

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Don’t be afraid to tell your makeup artist if you don’t like something. A good MUA won’t be offended at all if you don’t like what they do the first time round. It’s your day and you need to be comfortable with the makeup they do for you.
 

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Don’t be tempted to skip a makeup trial. This is so important and it is your time to meet your artist, get to know them and for them to get a feel for your wedding day and the style you want to go for, not to mention getting the bridal makeup spot on!

Don’t choose an artist who has only one brand of products in their kit or who uses only drugstore makeup. A good makeup kit will consist of different products from many brands, both high end and high street as well as professional artist brands.
 

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Don’t be tempted to go for a look that is too on trend or fashion led. The idea is to look like a more polished version of yourself. While it’s good to use the advice and skill of a MUA who will perhaps suggest something slightly out of your comfort zone such as a colour or style you wouldn’t have picked for yourself, your wedding day is not the time to test out the latest catwalk makeup styles. Classic timeless looks are the best option so that your wedding photos will look good in years to come. On-trend looks date very easily.

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