Becoming a Bride is an incredible and unique journey for every woman.
How you look is as important as finding the perfect dress. Your hair and makeup is the final piece to achieving your desired look for your special day. As you walk down the aisle, all eyes will be on you. It’s important to find people you can trust to get your look just right! Most of the time, hair and makeup services are offered together as a package. The key to avoiding beauty-induced stress is to make sure you’ve hired the right one. In case you want to separate the two, I will break them down individually.
The purpose of this post is to provide you with tips on how to choose your hair and makeup artist to achieve your wedding day look without a hitch. Most artist offer both, but I have broken down each just in case some artists are experts in one of the two areas.
Some Quick Tips:
- Choose a professional you can connect with. It’s important to build rapport with your artist for easy communication.
- You want to hire someone that not only knows your hair and skin, but also understands your style.
- As the Bride, you need to love their creativity and work. Review their portfolio and read reviews (regarding work ethic, punctuality, respect, etc.).
- Figure out the order of appointments for the morning of. The Bride should be first in line.
- Be flexible – having a strict schedule just doesn’t work, but having an order will help you, your bridal party, and artists stay on track and on time.
- Keep styles in mind – depending on the style of your hair, and the top or front piece – the bride will likely need to get her hair done first, then makeup and finally add the top piece.
- Schedule the quickest appointments last – for example flower girls who may fidget with their hair if it’s done to early.
- be sure to have enough time allocated for each appointment, especially for the bride. You do not want to rush through and scrambling at the end.
- Book services through an established network – scrambling for a backup makeup artist is a terrible way to start the day. But booking a well reliable artists with a team and backup plan is important to ensure you are taken care of if the unexpected happens.
- This professional must show passion about what they do!
I strongly recommend hiring someone versus doing your own hair and makeup, for the most photographed day of your life. You’ll be glad you did!
It is recommended that you book approximately six months prior to your wedding day. As always, set a budget and be strict with it.
Research potential artists and talk to your family and friends for recommendations. Find someone with a strong Bridal portfolio and whose style matches your expectations. Find a few stylists and ask for quotes for comparison. Once you receive the quotes choose two that stand out and, if your budget allows, book a trial with each. This is the opportunity where you can see their creativity, their style, how fast/slow they are, and the overall look. You will be able to gauge how well they understand your hair (the length, texture, colour and etc.), your needs and style, and how well you connect. This person is someone you need to trust so that you get what you want on the day.
You will be the center of attention, so remember that this is an investment into your overall look! Expect to set your budget between $250-$500, depending on what your requirements are. If you are interested in airbrushing or another unique technique, this budget may increase.There are many benefits to hiring a professional. They have a wealth of knowledge based on face shape, colour theory/analysis, and camouflage and cover-up techniques to adequately conceal blemishes in your skin. They are equipped with proper tools and knowledge to use the correct colours and techniques that are needed to bring out your best features for your wedding day.
In combination with your hair trial, be sure to attach a makeup trial as well. Most professional do charge for a trial, as they are using their time, money and supplies. Using a department store makeup counter or untrained friend, is not the same as using someone who is qualified to assess and analyze your face and personality to help determine how soft or bold you’d like your Bridal makeup to be. During the trial, the artist will note which foundation (colour, consistency), powder, blush colours, shadows, lashes, and other products were used so that there will be no questions during the wedding day application. Be sure to speak up and voice any concerns or changes during the trial. Some Brides tend to be too polite and don’t voice their dislike until it is too late.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” – Rachel Zoe