Pixabay Rene Asmussen

Pixabay Rene Asmussen

Hello Brides!

Having fun planning details for your big day? Next on the list is MAKEUP & HAIR!!! If you want to know what to expect when looking for and booking a hair and makeup team, check out the quick list below.

  1. How To Find The Pros

    Shop around for someone reputable and of course someone you will be comfortable with. I received many answers about what brides look for in a professional and a lot of the answers repeated themselves. Here is a list of things to consider: do they fit in your budget? Was it a referral? What do the reviews say? Did you like the photos from their gallery? What type of services are offered? Personally, I think every bride should get a trial, so I offer a trial with all my packages but some artists choose an a la carte menu.

    During your search, ask all the questions you have to ensure you know what you’re signing up for. Some websites have an FAQ page.

  2. What Red Flags To Look For

    Trust your gut instinct. As a professional makeup artist, I have heard stories from brides about their bad experiences. I chose to add the following tips to encourage awareness.

    NO CONTRACT It benefits both of you. Signing a contract will protect you in case there are last minute occurrences. Remember, you do not want to be no showed.

    NOT ASKING YOU ABOUT YOURSELF If you have any allergies, sensitivities, or preferences the artist should ask you before touching your face.

    GETTING AN UNREALISTIC PRICE CUT This is not including your BFF who wants to give you the hook up, this is a “desperately want your business” deal so give it a thought before you book. Study your market and know what to expect for your area.

    LACK OF COMMUNICATION If your experience in scheduling and contacting the pro has given you any doubts, think again before going through with booking.

    NON HYGIENIC PRACTICES Professionals should maintain cleanliness. This means no double dipping in cream products, not cleaning brushes in between each client, and using mascara or lip gloss without disposable applicators.

    BAD REVIEWS We are aware that some people complain for the smallest things. Check the comments and reasoning for the poor review before passing by the artist. However, if the reviews have legitimate concerns, then move on to the next person on your list.

  3. How Far In Advance Is The Trial Booked

    Booking your H/MUA as far in advance as possible is always a good thing especially since some vendors raise their prices yearly with the changing markets. The ideal time frame for most busy artists is to book at least 4-6 months in advance. This gives you plenty of time to consider what makeup and hair look you want. The trial can be scheduled about a month or two before your set date.

  4. How To Prepare For The Trial

    Concerning hair styling, make sure if you wash your hair prior to the trial you also remember to wash it before the wedding day. Styles can change in appearance based on hair condition. If you want extensions or specific accessories bring them with you for the trial to get an idea of what the overall look will be like.

    When it comes to makeup, notify the artist of any allergies or skin sensitivities you have. Arrive with a clean, moisturized face. If you regularly get facials or other treatments such as hair removal, be sure to space out the appointments in case of any skin reactions. Remember leading to the wedding day, good sleep and hydration will help your skin look healthy.

  5. What Happens During The Consultation

    This is the fun part! The trial and consultation can take up to 2 hours. The H/MUA will go over your vision for the day. I usually ask my brides to show me pictures of how her daily makeup looks so that I can understand her comfort level, pictures of the dress, and other inspiration. If you are torn between a couple looks no worries- I’ve done two different looks on half of the face. If you have a preferred item like a lip gloss, bring it along!

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