Photograph courtesy: Prerna Khullar
Finding the right makeup artist for your wedding day can be a daunting task indeed! With so many bridal make up artists’ on facebook and plenty of bridal make up websites, it gets difficult to find the perfect makeup artist who fits your budget and style. As a bride, we know how important it is for you to look fabulous in your wedding pictures. It is going to be the most photographed day of your life, after all! Here’s our guide to help you find a high-quality make up artist in your city who will deliver flawlessly on your wedding day!
Follow your simple step-by-step guide, and we are sure you are soon to find your perfect makeup artist!
STEP1- DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO GET YOUR MAKE UP DONE
Decide if you wish to have your bridal makeup done at the convenience of your home or wedding venue or if you want to go to the parlour on your wedding day. Many bridal make up artists are freelancers and may not have the option of getting the bride ready at a parlour.
STEP 2- DECIDE WHO WILL DO YOUR HAIRSTYLE AND DRAPING
Almost all makeup artists offer hairstyling and draping under ‘bridal makeup package’. We highly recommend you to hire the same person to do your makeup, hair and draping. In the past, we know a few brides who wanted a separate hair stylist, but trust me its better you go with one person to do your entire look instead of splitting tasks.
STEP 3- ASK FOR SUGGESTIONS/REFERRALS
If your friends or family has recently planned a wedding, you can get referrals from them. Instead, you can ask your wedding planner to hook you up with a good artist. Your wedding planner will not only suggest the best names but might also get you a good discount.
STEP 4- KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!!!
This should have been step 1 instead! It is very important to have an idea about how you want to look on your wedding day. A good makeup artist can guide you towards creating a flattering look based on your features, but if you speak up more during a trial, you give her/him a better shot at pleasing you. Also this way, your make up artist will understand your likes and dislikes and which looks you are comfortable with.
STEP 5- DO SOME INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST AND FACEBOOK STALKING
See whose makeup you absolutely love through their facebook, pinterest and instagram updates. Review several makeup artist websites in your city. Look at their portfolio of work and decide if their style of makeup is similar to your own. Create a list or bookmark your favourite bridal makeup artists, including the ones who have been recommended. Contact them and ask their rates. Make an appointment for a bride makeup trial with your favourite makeup artist and be specific on how you would like to look on your big day. Collect clippings from magazines to show the makeup artist what your preferred style is and be sure they listen to what you really want.
If you’re a Mumbai bride, we have made it easier for you to decide. Check out our list of best makeup artists in Mumbai.
STEP 6- TRIALS
We once had a client who took trials from 15 make up artists and then finalised the one. While I personally feel that is going too far, it is advisable to go for a makeup trial with a few shortlisted artists. This way you can understand their style of work and see if they pay attention to details.
STEP 7- VERY IMPORTANT- LOOK AND BOOK EARLY!!!
I cannot stress the importance of looking and booking enough. Especially if your wedding is anytime from December to March.
Thankfully, there are tons of great wedding makeup artists out there who realize that you want to still look like you on your big day! So where do you find them? If you’re a Mumbai bride- check out our list of the best makeup artist in Mumbai. Shall update our list of other cities soon!