Why hire a makeup artist and how to pick a good one:
Why would you do your own makeup for your wedding... Would you do your own hair, your own nails, make your own wedding dress? If the answer is yes then maybe you should do your own makeup but realistically you're not doing these things yourself so why would you do your own makeup!? It's crazy to me that sometimes I show up to do wedding makeup for only a couple people but yet all 10 are getting their hair done... Really!? As a bridesmaid I get not having the funds for everything and this is part of why I think the bride should try to provide hair and makeup as a gift or at least pay for part of it to help out on costs! (Blog about bridesmaid gifts coming soon for more on that and if you think that paying for hair and/or makeup is too much then at least let your bridesmaids know the costs up front for dress, hair, makeup, etc then they have time to save up the money) But anyway you spend so much money on your wedding that why wouldn't you spend an extra $75-$100 on makeup? In the grand scheme of things it's not that much when the national average for a wedding is over $20,000. I know I didn't pay that much for my wedding! I've been to $5000 weddings and $100,000 weddings and they are all great... But I don't remember a lot from the weddings except for the photos I see after which mostly include the bride in her dress with her hair and makeup done... Think about it! Do you really remember all the little details or do you remember the bride and groom!? This day is about the beginning of a marriage not how 'pinteresty' you can get! This is a special day for the bride and groom and you should feel special which includes things like maybe a spa day with a massage, getting a mani/pedi, spray tanning, and of course day of hair and makeup! I'm the kind of person that would do my own hair and definitely have my makeup done bc really you could pull your hair back in a cute bun and have your makeup on and look dressed up and fancy but you won't if you have a crazy updo and minimal makeup... Food for thought friends!
When hiring a makeup artist for anything, especially your wedding, you should hire someone that works as a makeup artist full time not someone who does it for a hobby. Professional makeup will make a difference in your photos. And the skill level of the makeup artist will differ depending on their experience. Book a makeup artist that has a resume, is reputable, and is constantly working as a makeup artist and not one that does marketing or is a teacher during the week and plays with makeup on Saturdays! Not that some of these ladies (and men) aren't good at makeup... But think about it... Would you rather have an experienced makeup artist who knows about sanitation and much more or someone who doesn't clean their makeup brushes or use disposable mascara wands!? I mean do you want to get Ebola? Haha but in all seriousness you need someone who is educated and experienced at what they do to get the results you want especially on such an important and special day.... What you have left besides memories from your wedding is photos... You will hang these photos in your house, your parents will hang them in theirs, and you'll post them on every social media site your on so don't you want to look good (and not get a stye on your eye)!?!? I hope so!! So when looking for a makeup artist make sure you research your artist and find someone who knows what they are doing. If you can't find much about them they might not be a good fit. For instance if you're looking for me you can find my Website, Facebook page, Instagram account, Linked in account, my storefront on The Knot, IMDB (international movie database) as well as being featured on several wedding blogs, photographer websites, and film sites. And that's just my online presence. Out in life I'm in networking groups,participate , participate in 2-5 bridal shows a year and have been published in multiple publications as either a makeup artist, writer, or even an interview or two! So anyway just do your research and hire a reputable makeup artist for your wedding/event and not your best friends cousin who dabbles in makeup!
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