What to Expect When Hiring a Makeup Artist For Your Wedding Day

October 20, 2022
What to Expect When Hiring a Makeup Artist For Your Wedding Day

Feature Image: Photographer: Wild Bliss Photography 

We recently sat down with Brianna Norris, the creative director at Wild and Whimsy, and talked all things wedding day makeup and what it looks like to hire a makeup artist!

What should you expect from your makeup artist leading up to the wedding? How do you choose a makeup artist that fits your style? What do you need to do to prep your skin before your wedding? Keep reading and we’ll answer all your questions about hiring a wedding day makeup artist!

Photographer: Wild Bliss Photography 

When Is It Time To Start Looking For a Makeup Artist and How to Choose the Right One For You

So you’ve set your wedding date. You’ve most likely booked a venue, found a photographer, you’ve started looking for your dress, and maybe even found the one! Now it’s time to start looking for your hair and makeup team! Brianna suggests that you start interviewing and selecting your makeup artist anywhere from 9 to 12 months prior to your wedding. That might seem like a lot of time but there are a lot of things to consider!

When looking for a makeup artist for the day of your wedding, it’s important to hire someone who shares your aesthetic. If you wear a lot of makeup day to day and want a full glam look for your wedding day, you’ll want to find someone who specializes in full glam. If you’re someone who wears minimal makeup day to day and want to amp up that natural look, you’ll want to look for a makeup artist who does mostly natural makeup looks. As with everything in weddings right now, dates book up fast, so once you’ve found someone who fits your style, make sure to inquire about your wedding date! 

Photographer: Wild Bliss Photography 

What to Expect From Your Makeup Artist Leading Up To the Wedding

You’ve found your makeup artist and now the fun begins! “Finding photos of makeup looks that you love are a great idea. It helps you communicate with your makeup artist exactly what you’re wanting.” Brianna also suggests that when searching for images of looks that you love, find images of someone with a similar skin tone to your own. 

Your makeup trial usually happens anywhere from 7 to 30 days before your wedding. Brianna suggested these things to consider before your makeup trail. “If you’re going to be doing any spray tanning before the wedding you’ll want to come to your trial with as close of skin tone as you want on your wedding day.” 

You’ll also want to bring those makeup photos you’ve found with you to the trial. “This is your first draft for your makeup on your big day! It’s your makeup artist’s chance to get to know you, your style, and what makes you feel beautiful!” She also suggests that open communication with your makeup artist is key. “I will check in with my brides after their trial to see if there is anything that they didn’t love or want to change.” 

Another thing to consider once you’ve booked your makeup artist is the current condition of your skin. “A makeup artist can change the tone of your skin, but we can’t change the texture.” Do you need to work with an esthetician to prepare your skin wedding day? Many times it can take months to change the texture of your skin and you need to plan for that. You’ll want to meet with your makeup artist to talk with them about how you want to feel on your wedding day. They will most likely be able to give you suggestions of fabulous estheticians in your area.

Photographer: Wild Bliss Photography 

What to Expect From Your Makeup Artist On Your Wedding Day 

The morning of your wedding you’ll want to show up with a fresh face, moisturizer and no make up. Because you’ve done your trial, your makeup artist will be ready to go with the exact look you want that day! That means you’ll get to sit back, relax, and be pampered, which is exactly what you should be doing on your big day! “Make sure you’ve taken care of everything else before you sit down in the makeup chair. This is your time to relax and enjoy your big day!” 

Are you giving the gift of glam to the ladies in your wedding party? You’ll have worked with your makeup artist before the big day to plan accordingly to fit everyone into the timeline. Many times your makeup artist will work directly with your photographer and/or planner to help plan out the timeline. If you’re makeup artist is also doing your hair, you’ll most likely have your hair done first and then your makeup. 

Worried about your mascara running if you shed a few tears? Brianna uses waterproof mascara for the day of! How do you keep your makeup looking fresh for the entire wedding day and night? “Primer and setting spray is essential to keeping a fresh face all day long! I also include a lip sample and applicator for the bride and her bridal party to keep your lips looking perfect.” 

Photographer: Wild Bliss Photography 

Remember getting your makeup done for your big day includes a lot more steps than your day-to-day make up routine. Makeup artists want you to look picture-perfect and that requires a little more makeup than you might be used to! Trust your makeup artist, they want you to feel gorgeous on your big day!

Makeup and hair is a luxury service, but one that we think is worth every penny! When it comes to feeling your best and most beautiful self, being able to relax and enjoy getting ready on your wedding day, we think a glam team is the way to go!

Looking for additional ways to spoil your bridal party? Check out this article on gift giving for your bridesmaids!

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