How to Choose the Right Hair and Makeup Artist for Your Wedding Day
Hi everyone! I hope you are doing ok! Now that I’ve caught up on writing up all of my styled shoots, I wanted to start answering some of the most frequently asked questions I get as a bridal hair and makeup artist, and today I wanted to focus on how to choose a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day.
As makeup tutorials have become more and more accessible on Youtube, there has been a bit of a boom in the number of makeup artists offering their services. When you take into account the self-taught Makeup artists, the ones that have worked on a counter for a brand wanting to go solo, and those that have had a comprehensive professional hair and makeup training, you’ve got a huge pool of suppliers to choose from.
The first thing to do is to think about your non-negotiable requirements. Are you looking for someone who does both hair and makeup? Is airbrush makeup something you want? Do you want someone who only uses cruelty free products? Do you want someone who will come to your home, do you want to go to theirs, or have it done at a public salon? Do you have a tattoo you want covering up? Do you want a hair stylist that can provide extensions? Do you want someone who can stay through the day for touch-ups and a makeover for the evening? Once you’ve got this clear in your mind, it will be easier to start narrowing down your selection.
The next thing to think about is the overall picture for your wedding day. What kind of dress are you wearing? What kind of venue are you getting married at and how are you going to be styling it? Are you getting married indoors or having a clifftop ceremony? Begin to look at portfolios and look for someone who has experience with the style you want, and the environment you will be in for your wedding day. You want to find a makeup artist that knows how to handle different lighting situations, different styles of photography, and understands the challenges of different venue types and how those can affect the way in which they need to work.
Now you’ve had a look through a few websites, you may also have begun to get a feel for different personality types and started to think about who you may or may not get on with. This is more important than you might think and can easily be overlooked. You need to make sure that you trust your hair and makeup artist, and that you enjoy their company. It can make things more difficult if you are not both on the same page, or if you don’t feel comfortable asking for a change. Communication is so important to make sure you get the hair and makeup style that you want, and that needs to come from both sides.
The next thing to do is ask for a few quotes and begin to discuss a few ideas. This will give you a better idea of how different hair and makeup artists work, and whether they are suitable and able to provide the service you are looking for. Once you have contacted a few people, you may also find that you connect with one person more than another. If you still aren’t sure, see if you can arrange a phone or zoom consultation to ask any questions you might have about the process and discuss ideas for your wedding.
I hope this has been helpful! Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or feel free to get in touch via my contact form.
Mazz Loxton is a professional Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist, helping brides capture their wild and romantic soul in their hair and makeup for their wedding day. Based in Sheffield, and carrying out services across South Yorkshire, The Peak District and Beyond