How to pick your Wedding Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist
Overwhelmed on who to choose for your Wedding Makeup Artist and/or Hair Stylist?!
Yeah, I feel you!
With more Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists emerging than ever before, and with Instagram leading the way in displaying thousands of different looks and styles every single day, it is easy to understand if you have no idea where to start…
Are they qualified? Does it matter if they are qualified?
How long have they been doing Makeup/Hair?
How many Weddings have they done?
How do I know if I will like their work?
How can I avoid having Trials with multiple people potentially wasting my money?
How do I know they won’t back out at the last minute?
How do I know they won’t just take my deposit and run?
How do I know what to pay for a good, high-quality Artist? What IS the average cost?
What if they don’t prioritise my booking?
…Should I even continue?!
Yes, the list of questions is never ending and even though I personally have never been married, I have definitely heard it all from my Brides in the last 8 years of working in the industry. You are already bombarded with a million documents and crucial decisions leading up to your Wedding Day never mind choosing your Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist, so, I have done the hard work for you in the hope that this will make the decision process a little quicker, and a whole lot easier…
THE BEST TIPS WHEN LOOKING FOR A MAKEUP ARTIST / HAIR STYLIST
3 Will they be reliable and committed to my Wedding? Will they respond promptly? Will they call you? Will they assure you of regular communication? Liking someone’s work and getting a first response is one thing…but having a flow of communication and feeling organised AND prioritised is another… You can ask questions when you email/call them like “How often should I expect to hear from you if I book with you?”, “Will I receive a confirmation text/email before having a Trial and before the Wedding Day?” “Shall I contact you or will you contact me after the Trial to see if I am happy and want to proceed?” …Professionalism and clear contact from your Artist/Stylist is crucial and a big indicator into how experienced and organised they will be. If you don’t hear from them for weeks on end or find that they are a little blasé, then it might be worth considering someone else.
4 Make a Top 5. So you have found a couple of people who could potentially become your Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist so where to next? Instead of emailing your ‘favourite’ and waiting for their reply before you email anyone else, I would suggest making a Top 5 List and emailing the same template more or less to each of them. This way, if only 3 reply out of 5, you can now go from there seeing their pricing, availability etc..
In the first email I would be asking about their…
The same applies if your Stylist does both Makeup and Hair – that’s fantastic but how much time will they need for each? And again, do they have an Assistant so that you and your Bridal Party aren’t just sitting around doing nothing for hours and hours while only 1 thing gets done at a time by the Stylist. – just something to think about :)
Information to provide to the Artist:
…Essentially, you wan’t to feel organised and prepared before you even think about looking up potential Makeup Artists and/or Hair or sending them an email. Knowing what you are looking for and what may be a potential warning sign, will help in making the whole process smoother and help to ensure that you have the best Artist/Stylist for you on the day.
Your Wedding Day is one of the most, if not THE most significant day of your life, and you should be made to feel that way from every vendor and company you book.
If you would like more tips on what to look for and how to go about booking a Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist, click here to download my custom-made PDF, or feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
And good luck with finding the perfect Artist for you!
* Photographs from the Wedding of Colette and Sam, 13th April 2017, Hair and Makeup by Chloé Ellouise and Assistant, Photographed by Israel Baldago Photography
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