This is the most important day of your life! Well, maybe not the most important, but your wedding is definitely up there. You've likely invested a ton of time and money—and if you're shelling out your hard-earned cash for a killer photographer and photo album, you'll probably want to look your best in those pictures as well as IRL. So a professional makeup artist is a godsend, since they'll be able to nail a cat eye or make your skin look flawless. But the process of getting there can be tricky. How can you be sure they know what you're looking for—especially if you're not quite sure yourself? Read on to learn how.
Bridal Beauty Must-Do #1: Find a Makeup Artist Earlier Than You Think
Sure, booking your makeup artist as soon as you find a venue might seem a little intense. But leaving yourself enough time to have a consultation—and maybe even makeup trials, if you want them—ensures you won’t turn into a beauty bridezilla a few weeks before your wedding. “Finding an artist that you mesh well with and that can bring your vision to life is a lot more important than brides think,” says Rocio Matos, makeup artist and education director at makeup studio Blushington. It takes time and research to find a good match. And on that note...
Bridal Beauty Must-Do #2: Do Your Research
Even if you've curated a Pinterest board of your dream makeup looks, there's no guarantee that any of them will look as good on your own face. And, in the same vein, if you google "best wedding makeup artist," it doesn't mean that you'll get the best makeup artist for what you really need. Look for one whose work you consistently like—particularly on actual brides. Sometimes, the work they show is on models and the photos may have been retouched, says NYC makeup artist Sally Duvall. “You want your photos to look great—but you also have to greet guests in person and still look like yourself,” she explains. “Your makeup has to straddle that fence.” With the wrong makeup artist, that's tough to pull off.
Bridal Beauty Must-Do #3: Spring for the Makeup Consultation
Between the dress, the flowers, and that open bar (duh), it’s ridiculously easy for your budget to spiral out of control when you’re planning a wedding. So you might be tempted to skip the pricey consultation and save yourself $200. But in the long run, it’s not worth it. “It’s akin to only trying on one wedding dress,” says Duvall. “It minimizes any surprises the day of—and if you ask for multiple looks, you can get a sense of what you like and don’t like.”
Bridal Beauty Must-Do #4: Test Run Anything New-for-You Before Your Wedding Day
Some brides are down with a full face of makeup, while others just want to look like themselves. A good way to bridge this gap is to try out false lashes. “They make a difference in pictures and make your eyes pop if you won’t be wearing much makeup on your face,” explains Matos. She recommends asking your makeup artist about individual lashes, which feel lighter on your eyes and also look more natural than full-lash sets. Take them for a test-drive first too, to make sure they feel comfortable and that you even like how they look.