Recently, a bride-to-be asked me why she should hire a professional Makeup Artist. I asked her what she had planned to do regarding her wedding day “look”. She said that she had spent so much on the location, the photographer and the dress that she had forgotten about her own personal needs. She had a bridesmaid that was “pretty good” at makeup and had offered to do her face. I asked her whether she thought that this gal, who didn’t have any really professional makeup, could tend to her fully and still get her own makeup done in the time they had before the photographs. She was doubtful…but hopeful.
Now I know from empirical observation that only someone who’s attention is squarely on the bride and her needs, can do an excellent (or even an adequate) job of applying bridal makeup. The “natural” looks shown in bridal and fashion magazines are more labor-intensive most of the time than a “glamour” look. Photographs are a 2 dimensional view and it takes training to shade, contour and highlight a face subtly & correctly. Covering scars & discolorations is another art in which the average girl isn’t trained. Even if the bridesmaid is a “Makeup Artist”, timing is crucial before the wedding photos and her ministrations to the bride keep her from being ready herself!
So Brides-to-be, hire a professional Bridal Makeup Artist. Ask for referrals, look at photos and most importantly, do a trial.Get a signed contract, Makeup Artists who don’t do brides for a living, tend to flake if a bigger job comes along. Your professional will know what to use and how to use it to give you your perfect, 10 hour bridal look. Just think of the re-touching fees you’ll save and the fact that you’ll look amazing in person AND on camera.