What to ask when booking your Makeup Artist?

Every woman dreams about her wedding day and her bridal makeup being perfect. Your wedding makeup should be long lasting and look amazing in photographs. When you look at your wedding pictures 10 years from now, you should still love the way you looked on your wedding day. The complete bridal look should be balanced between your makeup, hair, jewellery and outfit.

Choosing the right makeup artist for your wedding is very important. They will be responsible for the way you look on the most important day of your life. They should make you feel comfortable and be able to connect with you on a professional and personal level. Here are a few questions to ask when searching for your makeup artist:

1. Do you specialise in wedding makeup?

This is important because the makeup artist should be able to create versatile looks and tailor each look to what their client’s requirements are. It is a good idea for you to have some pictures of the kind of look you have in mind. A good makeup artist should give you their honest opinion and be able make recommendations on creating the perfect look for you.

2. Do you have a portfolio I can view?

You should ask the makeup artist if you could see photographs of their work. This will give you an idea of whether they are the right person to create what you envision. You should also ask if you could contact their clients for references.

3. What does the price include?

Decide on what your budget is! Makeup artists charge different rates. There are reasons for the differences in rates, it could depend on how many events you will need their services for, travel charges, how long you will require them to be with you on your wedding day and how difficult the overall look is. Prices also depend on experience, a more experienced makeup artist will charge a premium rate, where as a less experienced makeup artist who is building on their bridal portfolio maybe equally as good but will charge less.

4. How long will my makeup take?

You need to be clear on timings, as you do not want to be stressed if your makeup is taking long and there is a risk of you running late.

5. Do I need a makeup trial?

Once you have decided on a makeup artist, it is very vital that you book a trial. This is your opportunity to tell your makeup artist what you want and whether they are able to create the look you imagine. It is a time where you can discuss any changes and if you are uncomfortable with anything, voice your opinion. If you have your outfit and jewellery you should take these with you on the trial to get an idea of the complete look on your wedding day.

6. What brands of makeup do you use?

The products your artist use should be allergy tested and be of a high quality. They should have a variety of brands to suit different skin types. A professional artist should have good knowledge of all their products and be able to advise you on what is best suited for your skin. Some brides insist on using their own makeup, it is a good idea to ask your artist if they have used this brand.

7. Do you do wedding hairstyles?

If not, find out if they are happy to work alongside your hairstylist or if they are able to recommend you to anyone.

8. Do you have any specific requirements?

Always check this, as most makeup artists need space to set up and good lighting.

9. What will happen if you can’t make it on my wedding day?

Professional makeup artists will have a replacement artist lined up in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

10. Am I expected to sign a contract?

Contracts are an agreement between you and the makeup artist, which will help provide ways of resolving conflicts that may occur. Like most wedding professionals no dates are fixed until a contract is signed and returned and a deposit is received so it is no different when you are booking your makeup artist. Always check this before making any payments.

Contact Bindiya Hair & Makeup by calling 0203 856 8444 or email on bindiya.hmua@theweddinghut.co.uk