How to Hire the Best Wedding Makeup Artist

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Before searching for wedding makeup artists, get an idea of the look you want. Browse the racks for bridal magazines, newspapers and books. Tear out pages with makeup looks you’d like to the make-up artist to simulate. Keep seasons and times of the day in mind to be sure your level of formality coordinates with this look. Just as the colors in nature change with the seasons, so should your makeup color palettes change, and with different types of makeup applications considering the weather.

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What type of bride are you? Are you a modern bride? Are you a traditional bride? Are you following special cultural practices? If possible, schedule a hair style trial the same day as your makeup trial. Then, to get the “whole picture”, try on your veil, headpiece, tiara and, if possible, wedding dress. Doing so will enable you to make adjustments before the big day.

Here are a few tips for finding a wedding makeup artist:

1- Internet: Many websites like have listings of local area makeup artists, hair stylists. hair salons and other essential wedding service providers. View the artists or stylists online photo gallery to see samples of their work to see if their style jives with yours. Schedule a trial. Bring your photos.

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2- Department Stores: Many of the larger cosmetics lines have in-store professional makeup artists who know their products. Get a trial at the counter to see if you are comfortable with their work and personality. Do you feel comfortable? Are they calm and professional? Do you like the results? Hire her!

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3- Personal Referrals: If you admired some of your married friends wedding hair and makeup, ask for the name and number of their  hair and makeup artist.

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4- Bridal Salon Recommendations: When you’re shopping in bridal salons, ask for their referral for the best local artists. Get website information and contact info and ask why they recommend them.

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5- Hotel Wedding Coordinators: Most wedding planners for the larger hotel chains and some of the smaller, local hotels with reception halls, are familiar with the best makeup and hair stylists in your area. Always ask for their ideas and use the advice above to hire the service provider.

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  1. Taylor Makeup Design

    These are all great tips! Many hair stylists and makeup artists like to work together and have similar artistic ideas. If you already love your hair stylist, chances are that you’ll love the makeup artist she recommends. 🙂

  2. Tanya - Naperville fitness equipment

    I recently got married and found myself in this very same situation. I researched online and talked to a bunch of people on the phone, but everyone was really expensive and I had no way of knowing if they were any good.

    Eventually I asked the woman who was doing my hair if she knew of anyone, and as it turns out she did! She put me in touch with her friend who does make-up professionally. The make-up lady came over to my house and did a trial run on me. I was really happy with her work and very confident on my wedding day and she did a wonderful job!

  3. Julia - GreenTent Design

    Great tips! But I prefer personal referrals, especially from friends whose wedding day make-ups I can say I admire. At least I already have a clear notion as to the kind of work he/she is capable of doing. Also, I suggest to work with someone you feel comfortable talking to. Do not just rely on talent and skill. These will practically be useless if you canot even tell him/her what you really want.

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