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6 Factors to Consider Before Booking a Hair & Makeup Artist

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, and you want to look and feel your best. That's why many brides-to-be turn to beauty companies to help them achieve the perfect bridal look. However, as a makeup artist with years of experience in the industry, I have seen firsthand when hiring a beauty company on your wedding day may not be the best idea. Here are six things you should consider before hiring a beauty team to do your hair and makeup.

1. No one can ever do your makeup like you do it

Just like with art, everyone’s interpretation of beauty is different. You could have two artists do the same person’s makeup and it would look completely different.

If you are particular about a certain feature like eyebrows or eyeliner, most artists will hand over the brush and let you do it the way you like it – no problem! If you are extremely particular about your makeup, want an actual bare-faced no makeup look or you want to look as you do everyday, it’s best to do your own makeup.

2. You don't like wearing makeup

You’ve watched a bunch of beauty gurus videos on YouTube, you've tried to learn and you've had your makeup done numerous times but you never liked it. When you put the slightest swatch of any kind of makeup on, you immediately feel like you would rather hide than leave the house, having your makeup done on your wedding day will stress you out. And that's the last thing you want to do on such a special day.

3. You don’t care what their portfolio work is like, you just want the lowest price.

There is no end to the options of makeup artists and hairstylists in town, there’s a price for everybody.

But have you looked at their work? Do you like their style of makeup? Is their style what you envision yourself to look like on one of the most exciting days of your life? Will you want to look at the photos of yourself from that day in the future?

If you find yourself having any sort of doubts about who you're hiring or if you should hire someone, don't book them.

4. Communication is Key

Of course you want to ensure that your makeup artist and hairstylist understand your vision for your wedding day, and that they are willing to listen to your feedback and make adjustments as needed. We value open communication with our brides, ensuring that we understand their preferences and work with them to achieve their desired look.

However, communication has to go two ways. The best ways to ensure clear communication and understanding is: to choose inspiration photos from your chosen artists portfolio and present them at the trial, have a good understanding of what you like and don't like, and lastly give clear and honest feedback about the tweaks you want to make. Don't like that strand of hair hanging down - tell us you'd prefer to pin it. Don't like the blush colour - let us know so we can fix it and have the opportunity to do so.

There's nothing more disappointing as a makeup artist or hairstylist than doing a trial and leaving a happy client only to receive messages later from that client saying that they didn't like it and not having the opportunity to remedy the issue.

5. Trust the Process

We have had alottttt of experience doing bridal makeup. When we tell you that makeup needs to be darker than normal to show in the professional pictures (that you are undoubtedly spending thousands of dollars on) - trust us!

We want to give you the best makeup look we can tailored to you but if you can't see it, it won't look like a professional did it and then what's the point?

6. You feel obligated to hire a beauty team

It has become a trend in weddings to hire a beauty team to get the bridal party dolled up. Everyone knows someone who's hired a team. You can't throw a rock without hitting someone who's been a part of a bridal party that hired a beauty team.

I want to remind you of one thing and it's the most important thing: this is YOUR wedding day. Not your maid of honor's, not your mother-in-law's, not your sister's or your best friend's day... it's YOURS. You should spend it how you want to spend it. Just because they hired a team on their wedding day, doesn't mean you have to. You can even tell them to book a team themselves if it is something they want but you (the bride) does not.

Just to reiterate all that I said above... If sitting in a chair getting your makeup or hair done is not your jam - don't do it on your wedding day. Or if you would prefer to do it yourself, save yourself the effort, time, money and energy trying to find a hair and makeup artist who shares your aesthetic and do it yourself.

Once more... if you have any doubts about why you should hire a team or who you are booking - don't book them.

When it comes to hiring a beauty company for your big day, I've seen it all, the good and the bad. Finding the right one can seriously level up your wedding game and make you look and feel like an absolute queen.

So, choose wisely and you'll have a glam squad that'll make your bridal look dreams come true!


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