With so many talented wedding hair & makeup artists in the world, how do you know who is right for you? How do you know if they ACTUALLY have experience working with your hair type and skin tone? They have some photos on their website that kind of look like you, but was that a wedding they did, or was that one they tag-teamed with another artist? Which artist actually did the makeup? Who did that hair style you liked so much? So many details, and for most, not enough experience in the industry to know the difference.
Here is my advice to all the beauties out there looking for a hair & makeup artist for your special day.
1) Do you like them? When you flip through their website portfolio and eventually make your away to their Instagram page, do you like their personality? Do you even see them expressing that side of them or are you just seeing their work? This is so important. Remember, your artist is going to be with you on the morning of your wedding. They will be around all of your family members and friends, seeing you put on your wedding gown, hearing you talk amongst each other. It's personal. It's intimate. Do you feel good about them being with you?
2) Do you like their work? Do you see styles on their website that you would actually like to try? If the answer is no, even if you think their work is pretty, they are not for you. Artists have a style, a brand. Typically they lean toward a certain aesthetic, and if that is not one you mutually enjoy, it can lead to difficulties down the line when planning out your look. If you choose a hair and makeup artist that is showcasing styles you're obsessed with, chances are you are going to end up being obsessed with yours too.
3) Price point. I almost didn't include this tip, because it can be a little controversial. How much should you pay for a hair & makeup artist? My answer is simple, but not direct. How important is it to you that you look flawless for your wedding day in both photos and in person? That's not meant to be rhetorical. I really mean that! Are you simple, and not too picky about how things turn out? In this case, maybe you have a friend help you with your hair and you do your own makeup. Or maybe you hire someone that is new to the industry and looking to get his/her feet wet. Are you someone who has an exact vision for her wedding day, whether that's high glam or more of a bohemian vibe? Not really willing to see what happens, but need to actually KNOW? The look doesn't matter, but the importance you set on it does. If you want to nail it on your wedding day, and are not comfortable going with the flow and potentially having hair & makeup that isn't exactly what you are envisioning, hire a professional. Not only a professional, but someone who has experience with your desired look, hair texture, & skin tone. This will cost you, but if it's important to you, you will never regret it. Remember, you get what you pay for. In this industry specifically, that statement could not be more true.
Hey, at the end of the day, follow your heart. Always. Make decisions for your wedding that feel good. That goes for your artist as well. Hire someone you dig and everything will fall into place.
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