Having your makeup done for your wedding is a luxury (which I strongly recommend). But finding a makeup artist that you can trust is essential. I recently worked an event, which will not be mentioned by name to protect the innocent, where I saw the truth of that statement. My lovely bride had a few last minute modifications to her timeline, which included changing the place where she would get dressed on her wedding day. The adjustment required flexibility on the part of her beauty team. But they were very inflexible, to say it mildly. They had many demands and made the bride feel very uncomfortable and added to her already stress-filled wedding preparations. The issues began so close to her wedding day that she did not have enough time to find replacements. The bride feared that if she didn't "please" them they would make her look horrible on her wedding day. It was like she was being held hostage. On the other hand, if they weren't willing to compromise, the bride would be stuck with either a hefty bill for the no-show bridesmaids or a cramped house to meet their quota of clients. The point is she felt trapped - by her makeup artist! It was crazy. Yet, true. So, how do you avoid this? Here are some helpful tips.
I had a lovely dinner with my friend and makeup artist, Erica Pinilla, in which we spoke about the do's and don'ts of finding the perfect makeup artist for your wedding day. I love her perspective. She was trained and certified in 2006 by Dex, creator of Mess Makeup. She has worked with dozens of brides and theater actors over the years. She is extremely talented and has such a sweet, gentle personality. Here's my favorite thing she said in our conversation: "Makeup is very personal. You need time to find the right person. Brides are in a vulnerable position. I respect that. I am going to see them bare on one of the most important, stressful, and happy days of their lives. It's my job to be kind and helpful. When I was trained, I was told that if a bride asks you to do something, just say 'yes'. And I do. I want them to feel calm and relaxed when I am with them. I want them to feel beautiful when I am done."
When selecting a makeup artist, here are a few things to look for:
A makeup artist should:
*Ask you many things about your event. She should want to know about your dress, your theme and your overall wedding feel. The makeup selected should match the style of the bride and the event.
*Ask about your style and everyday makeup routine. Questions such as: do you like makeup? Do you wear makeup? Are you edgy? Do you have allergies? should all be a part of the conversation.
*Ask you what you envision for your wedding day. Are you going for a look that is natural? dramatic? romantic?
*Be willing to try more than one look and, if needed, more than one trial.
*Be accommodating, flexible, and open to your ideas.
A makeup artist should not:
*Assume to know what the bride is thinking. She needs to ask questions and get feedback.
*Tell you what to do.
*Take advantage of the bride's vulnerability by making demands.
Finding the right person.
When choosing your makeup artist, get recommendations from friends or family (or your wedding planner), and look for someone with experience. Meet them and ask yourself, do I like them? do I feel relaxed around them? do I want this person with me on my wedding day?
Have your trial at least 3 months before the wedding. Take pictures of yourself during your trial so that you can show them to your close friends and family and get their input. Remember, you should look like the best version of you on your wedding day. The colors chosen should complement your skin tone and the overall feel of the event. Also keep in mind that wedding makeup is not like your every day makeup. In order for you to stand out in photos, it will be heavier than you are used to. During the trial, discuss and experiment with several options. Erica likes to start off light and natural and then add on and try different looks. A makeup artist may also be able to help you address skin issues so that your skin is well cared for leading up to your wedding day.
For the best results, a Bride should.....
*Be open to new things.
*Bring pictures of your ideas.
*Be honest with how you feel and realistic with what you expect.
Your beauty team should be team players. Look for people who will be flexible and willing to help you have a.....
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