The question every bride will face sooner or later in her preparations for the big day. The advice given below can be used to select beauty experts and a whole range of other suppliers, for example florists, photographers and venues. Let's get started.
THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING
If you are reading this article, you probably already have an idea of the type of wedding you want: classic, vintage, boho or alternative. If you already know the style of dress you are going for and have an idea of how you want your hair and makeup, then it's time to look at what makeup and hair artists are available.
Some brides will not know what style of hair or makeup they want right away, this is also ok. Once you have chosen a dress and secured the venue, you can begin your search for an artist to help you to make your decision.
Define your ideas and create a small mood board of the bridal hair and makeup looks that you like. A mood board is a collage of inspirational images that will help you to envision the final result. Pinterest and Instagram are great platforms that will help you to search for inspiration!
Look for an artist who's portfolio will reflect your ideas. If you don't wear makeup in everyday life and want to keep it natural on the big day, look for an artist who is good at natural makeup looks or no makeup makeup. If you like full glam and happily wear makeup on a daily basis or when going out, it's best to look for an artist who caters in that area.
Do not expect the artist to create a full on asian bridal look, when their portfolio only shows light or no makeup looks.
If your bridal team consists of a mixture of bridesmaids from all over the world, make sure your chosen artist can create appropriate looks on different skin tones.
I can work on every skin tone, but I specialise in European and Oriental bridal makeup looks. On my website I have separate galleries covering European, Asian and Oriental bridal makeup. It is important to see examples of your artists work before booking them for the job.
Once you have shortlisted a few makeup and hair artists you like, the next step is to check for their price lists and to set a budget. Every reputable bridal makeup artist will have a professional website where you can find a list of services and their prices.
Some artists prefer to keep their price lists private, in this case you will need to contact them directly for a quote. I personally prefer to keep my prices on my website. This saves
my clients time deciding wether my service is within their budget.
TIP: Make sure to inquire about every possible expense to be included in the original quote to avoid any hidden/ undiscussed fees.
Prepare a list of all the people who require hair and makeup on the day, this will help you to plan your budget. This will also help your artist to plan your morning in advance and organise an assistant if needs be.
Years of experience in the industry can't be overlooked. An artist with three years of experience versus an artist with 10 years is a big deal! When I reached 3 years in my career, I thought I knew everything, but the longer I worked, the more I understood that there are so many nuances in this job. Over the years I have perfected my craft and have learned to understand each client better in order to provide a superior service. I also developed the skill of making my clients feel completely relaxed and trust in my knowledge.
It is important to have trust in your artist. There has to be a good connection. Most bookings are done via email, however if you feel like there are some questions left - don't be shy, give your artist a call. Phone etiquette and tone of the conversation will tell you a lot about the artist.