Shop around. Check out the most popular wedding websites today www.theknot.com and www.weddings.com. These sites have a wealth of information and the best vendors available for weddings and events. Contact an Artist in your area for pricing, makeup brands they use, and what level of expertise they have. Find out how many weddings they do a month. Which ones seem friendly and appealing? You’ll know when you hit it off with the right one.
Schedule a trial. The easiest way to test a make-up artist out is to schedule a trial. Bring a few pictures of how you would like to look on your wedding day so your artist will have a better idea of how she will create your favorite look with your features. An experienced artist will have a lot of suggestions for you. This is the time to pay attention to how the products feel on your skin, the finish of the foundation, the color of the eyes, cheeks, and lips. You can easily make any changes at his time.
Make yourself clear. Once you have found the right make-up artist ask plenty of questions. How much does she charge? Most experienced artists will charge no less than $150 for the bride and $85 for bridesmaids, family members, and friends. Your make-up artist should have a full make-up kit and brushes. Make sure to bring up anything you didn’t like at the trial. For example “The eye shadow was too dark.”
Get the timing right. Know how many people will be needing make-up for the wedding. Provide a list of names to the make-up artist so she can account for everyone you are paying for. It usually takes 45-60 minutes per make-up application so if your bridal party is large your artist should have an assistant for the day. The cost of the assistant should be included in the contract.
Don’t forget about touch-ups. After your trial check with your make-up artist about purchasing an extra lipstick and eyeliner for you for easy touch ups. Keep your concealer and powder handy too for touching your face up and keeping shine away all night for pictures. Even though a tip is not expected you can throw in an extra 10% if you loved the results.
There should be no surprises! Your artist should have a contract agreement with the cost, where she will be providing the make-up services, and the deposit requirement.