Congratulations, you’re getting married! Now all of the hard work and planning begins. Depending on how long you have until your wedding day you might have a long year of work ahead of you or a few months to get it all together. Where do you start and what should you do first?
Get yourself a great makeup artist! What? Now, so soon? Yes, get a great makeup artist who can help you along the way.
You will need a MUA for:
- Your engagement photos—You never want your kids to compare your engagement photos and wedding photos and say “Is that really you?”, while looking at the wedding photo because a MUA did your makeup!
- Wedding Showers—Remember having a consistently good face on during all of these special events will make you feel better then and every day for the rest of your life when you look at those photos.
- Rehearsal Dinners—Want to feel calm, cool, and collected the night before? Then make sure you look so great that you will find people staring at you and will have their undivided attention for all the last minute instructions you need to give them.
- The Wedding Day—Your MUA will spend hours with you right before your wedding. Make sure you choose one who will calm you down and has the ability to problem solve as things will come up. Also, pick a MUA who works well with photographers and will stay and help with poses during the group shots. Ask her/him to stay (it doesn’t a lot) and is well worth it to ensure that your photos will look amazing.
Why do you need a makeup artist, you ask? I will let you in on a little secret. Are you listening, psssst, come closer … in photos, makeup lasts forever! Yes, when you are strolling down memory lane while celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary, in your photos you will be wearing twenty-five year old makeup and it needs to look fabulous!
As a Professional Certified Master Makeup Artist, I will arm you with all of the things you need to know and need to ask prospective makeup artists in your area.
Here are some things you need to know:
- Just because someone works at a salon and offers to apply your makeup, it doesn’t mean they are a makeup artist (MUA). Actually, it does not even mean they have been trained in makeup application, color theory or anything related to makeup. They might even be a receptionist! Yes, in some states a license is not required to refer to yourself as a makeup artist. So, be careful that they know what to do … and not just think they know what to do!
- An esthetician is not a makeup artist. Estheticians work on your skin. They can give peels, facials, and other treatment and do require a license in each state. Most schools spend about three hours on makeup application during their entire course of study. This means that hairstylists and estheticians have as much experience as you with applying their own makeup daily.
Q & A for a prospective MUA:
Where did you study makeup?
Was makeup your primary area of study?
How long did you spend on makeup at school? Hours, days, or months?
Have you taken any Master Classes?
If so, where and with whom did you take the classes and what were they on?
Good Answers: MAC, NARS, Lauder, Lancôme, etc.
What year did you last go have any makeup education?
A Good Answer: As current as possible. Ongoing education is a must!
Do you have an online portfolio?
Answer: Yes. If they do not … then walk away quickly. This can only mean that they are either very, very new to the business or that no one has ever photographed their work. Either way … politely run.
Do you have business recommendations (other vendors like photographers)?
If so, get the phone number and call them. Look them up in the phone book to make sure it is not a friend posing as a vendor. Yes, people do this!
Do you have client recommendations? Ask for a list you may call or email. Again, ask for dates and places the weddings took place and ask to be emailed a photo of their work.
Do you do color correction? If they tilt their head like you just asked a puppy if he wanted to go outside … again, politely run!
Good Answer: Yes, I can correct any discolorations you might have including rosacea, dark circles, and sallow tones in your skin.
Can you hand mix and create custom foundations?
Good Answer: Of course I do! I will do whatever I need to do to match a skin tone.
Do you airbrush? How long have you done airbrushing? Do you use water or silicone based formulas? Where did you study?
Answer: You want someone who has done this on a daily basis for a good year or who has taken Master Classes in Airbrushing Techniques. Go have a “trial” and see what kind of work they do.
How many weddings do you do a year? Other than weddings, what other type of MUA work do you do?
Answer: 25–30 is the minimum to make sure they are really experienced in bridal makeup. Also, they should be working at something involving makeup for the rest of their year! If they flip burgers full time and then act as a MUA on the weekends … ask more questions!
How long will it take you to do my makeup the day of the wedding?
Answer 1: Makeup alone with no airbrush: forty-five minutes to an hour
Answer 2: Airbrushed makeup: 30–45 minutes.
Answer 3: If she/he is also doing your hair then add another forty-five minutes to an hour.
I Do’s and I Don’ts
Don’t wear mineral makeup. This is terrible for photos and ends up looking chalky.
Don’t have a facial the night before or any other skin treatments within 5–7 days of your wedding. You could experience breakouts or skin rashes.
Don’t try new products one month before your wedding. Again, breakouts can be a real issue.
Don’t get a perm less than two weeks before your wedding. It takes at least two weeks for the curls to relax to a more natural looking curl.
Don’t go to a new person for hair color. Make sure you have seen their work and ability months prior to your big day.
Don’t settle! This is your day and a lot of money is being spent to make this a once in a lifetime experience.
Don’t get lazy. Check references and keep your appointments.
Do ask other vendors for referrals of other vendors the recommend.
Do take charge in a polite and calm way. Make a plan and stick to it.
Do take a few minutes each week as you progress to sit alone and think about the day. Picture it … go through the steps to make sure you have not forgotten anything.
Do surf the net and come to places like theknot.com to see what other brides have to say. This can save you a lot of time and money.
Last but certainly not least, Do enjoy yourself. The day will go fast so make sure to schedule a few intervals where just you and your groom can take a few minutes alone. These are the moments you will remember as they will not be rushed.
So, with your new makeup artist at your side you will now look on the outside, the way you will feel on the inside, beautiful.