How to choose the right Makeup Artist for your wedding day?

Ok, so your getting married and the thought of using a a Makeup Artist is unknown to you , or you don’t want the stress and want to leave it to a professional?  Then low and behold, being a Makeup Artist myself for several years, I have gathered a few tips together on how to choose the right Makeup Artist for your big day! 

1. Experience

These days the Bridal Makeup Artist community is saturated more than ever which leads to lots of confusion. Do your research and check their experience by their online portfolio, background and social media accounts. A professional Makeup Artist will have experience and confidence with different skin types, face shapes, skin tones and colour correction. They will also understand what works for professional pictures and how to get your skin in tip top shape ready for your special day. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, the more you ask the more comfortable you will feel. 

Although lots of experience is beneficial, don’t dismiss someone who hasn’t been in the business for so long. It’s important to base your decision on individual talent , level of work and their professionalism too. 

2. Professional Makeup Kit

A good Makeup Artist will have the tools of the trade! It’s vital for them to have high quality makeup and brushes in their kit to get the ultimate long lasting, and best finish for your wedding day. There are a lot of premium makeup brands out there these days so to give you an idea these include, Mac, Bobbi Brown, illamasqua, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Laura Mercier, Jane Iredale, Makeup forever etc. 

3. Personality 

The morning of your wedding is a special time so make sure you feel comfortable, relaxed and 100% confident with the person you choose. Your chosen Artist should be professional, organised but also patient and a calming influence on the day. It may be worth calling your makeup artist before you book a trial with them to discuss ideas and to gage whether you click or not. 

4. Cost

As with any wedding you know you have to cut costs somewhere. However if a Makeup Artist is considerably cheap in price then perhaps question why? A professional Makeup Artist consistently invests money and time in updating their skills, their kit and researching upcoming makeup trends and techniques to give the best service possible.  In some cases you do get what you pay for. 

5. The Trial 

This is almost paramount when it comes to feeling comfortable and trusting of your chosen Makeup Artist for your wedding. The trial should include questions about the wedding details such as the theme, your dress, hair, colour scheme, flowers etc. This allows them to have a clearer insight to the finished makeup look along with your own personal wants and ideas. It is best to bring any makeup images you like and to wear your day to day makeup. The whole idea of a trial is to try makeup looks until you are entirely happy, don’t be afraid to speak up if you are not sure. Your chosen Artist should understand and adapt the look until your completely satisfied and then record this by taking pictures. 

6. Contract

Ideally having a Makeup Artist for your wedding is almost like paying for any other service.  A professional artist should always send out a contract for you to sign to protect you and themselves in case anything was to happen. 


So there you go, I hope this has helped and given you a clearer insight of what to look for when choosing a Makeup Artist for your special day! 



  1. Agness says:

    Hi! It was very interesting to read! I’ve been reading your posts lately and i found it very interesting and helpful. Thank you for your posts! Keep writing because you are doing it right!

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