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HOW TO BOOK A MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOUR WEDDING

bride having lipstick touch up at crondon park

Planning a wedding can be stressful and picking the perfect suppliers can be one of the biggest challenges. How you look and feel on your wedding day is extremely important so many brides don’t know where to start when it comes to picking their makeup artist. I got in touch with a few experienced local suppliers to get some advice about booking a makeup artist for your wedding. 

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD YOU BOOK?

Great makeup artists get booked up quickly so it’s one of the first things to consider when making your wedding planning to do list.  

Booking a makeup artist for your wedding
MORDEN HALL WEDDING

“Just like you need to move fast on your favorite wedding venue or photographer, you’ll need to make a decision about your makeup artist early on since popular ones book up fast. I am always taking bookings a year to 18 months ahead so you should lock in your preferred artist as soon as you have a wedding date and venue.”

Sam from Beautiful You | @beautiful_you_makeup_artist | www.beautifulyoumakeupartist.co.uk

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU SPEND?

Establishing a budget can be difficult, especially when there are so many things to plan for. I spoke to Claire from Totally Flawless and Niki Lawrence about how to work out what you should spend. 

Bride getting ready at South Farm

“It really depends on priorities. I would say if hair and makeup is important to you, do your research and check out their work. You do get what you pay for usually. Artists that spend time and money on learning and perfecting their techniques, level of experience and quality of products etc are all factors of our costings. Look around at artists that you like and get some quotes.”

Claire from Totally Flawless | @totally.flawless | www.totallyflawless.co.uk

“You need to work to a budget.  Makeup is really important to how you will look and feel on the wedding day so it might be worth adding more budget for it and less on something else that would be maybe nice to have but not necessarily needed. Pricing can vary greatly based on an artist’s experience, skillset, location, and many more factors but ultimately you have to spend what you can realistically afford as well as knowing you have the chosen a right makeup artist that you can rely on to do a great job on the day.” Niki Lawrence 

Niki Lawrence | @nikimakeup |  www.nikimakeup.co.uk

HOW DO I BOOK THE RIGHT MAKEUP ARTIST?

With so many makeup artists out there, it can be difficult to choose a supplier. Here are some tips from Holly Kathleen to help you when it comes to booking a makeup artist.. 

Makeup trends 2020

“Do lots of research on the Internet and social media.  Some websites can look fantastic but make sure you check the images in the gallery too.  Ask friends and family who have got married recently what they thought of their hair and makeup artist and if they would recommend them.” 

Holly Kathleen | @hollykhairandmakeup | www.hollykathleen.com

WHERE CAN I GET INSPIRATION?

Social Media is often the place that brides turn to first but there is so much content out there that it can become overwhelming. When I was planning my wedding, I had my fair share of Pinterest boards all with conflicting styles and looks.  Magazines can be a great source of inspiration and researching a particular make up artist’s website and Instagram feed can give you a better idea of their style.  

tips on how to book your makeup artist
BRIDE GETTING READY AT ASHRIDGE HOUSE

“Look through magazines for real life bridal photos or makeup ideas that you love and would really like to have for your day. Take them with you when you have a trial with your makeup artist. They will be able to help you create your dream look.”

Sam from Beautiful You | @beautiful_you_makeup_artist | www.beautifulyoumakeupartist.co.uk

“Pinterest is great for all wedding inspiration, but also researching online looking at MUA’s Instagram and websites.”

Niki Lawrence | @nikimakeup |  www.nikimakeup.co.uk

TIPS & TRICKS

Bridesmaids makeup at milling barn

I asked our contributors if they had any other tips when booking a makeup artist 

  • Get in touch – Contact the artist to check their availability and perhaps arrange a telephone call if you want to get a feel for their personality.  Having someone you feel comfortable with getting you ready on your wedding morning but can be just as important as the quality of their work.   
  • Skin Regime – It’s also good to discuss a hair and skin care regime in advance of the trial and then re-evaluate when the artist has had a chance to see you in person.

On the day… 

  • Evening Essentials – Always have a lipstick and some pressed powder handy for evening top ups

If you have any other suggestions about how to find the right makeup artist for your big day please leave your comments below. 

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