Photographer: Alisha White

Photographer: Alisha White

There are three things I hear from brides when it comes to their wedding day makeup.

  • I want to be made up but still look like myself.

  • I want my eyes to pop.

  • I want my makeup to last.

Before choosing a makeup artist, you need to know what’s important to you. Is it important that only clean products are used on you? Is it important that you have a makeup team for your bridal members? One of my brides mention that she picked vendors that had a positive vibe. Maybe that’s important to you too?!

  Photographer: Jesse and Gena

Photographer: Jesse and Gena


Once you have made your list, it’s time to start looking for your makeup artist. Over the years I’ve learned that most brides don’t know when to begin this process. Below is a standard guide for you to follow.

  • The Latest: 6 months out

  • Ideal: 8-9 months out

  • Max: 12 months out

If it were me, I’d start researching and making a list of artists once the date is set. It takes time to get in touch with people, feel out personalities, and review prices. Waiting until 3-4 months out can cause major stress. Chances are your favorite artist will already be booked up by then. If things don’t work out with someone, you won’t have a lot of time to get another artist booked.


When you are searching for a makeup artist, it’s important to know what to look for.  Below I’ve created a list of things to consider.

  • Does their makeup style align with your vision? Whether your style is natural or glam, make sure you get a chance to see photos. If you’re a natural makeup wearer and go with someone who specializes in glam, it may not turn out how you want. The same goes for someone who specializes in natural makeup. 

  • What services do they specialize in? If you’re looking for a bridal makeup artist, you’ll want someone experienced in that area. Weddings require a lot more attention than any other special occasion. The last thing you want causing stress is your makeup.

  • What is their background? This will tell you if makeup artistry is a hobby or a part of their career. Going for the lowest pricing isn’t always a good idea. A seasoned artist will likely have higher rates. Their price will reflect the quality of products used, overall experience provided to you, and years in the industry.

  • What kind of products do they use? You want to make sure his or her products won’t conflict with your skin.

  • Do they provide a service or an experience? When it comes to bridal makeup, it’s more meaningful to work with someone who will provide an experience. This is one of the most special moments in your life. So allow yourself the opportunity to make the experience something you’ll remember forever!

  • Don’t neglect word of mouth referrals and testimonials. Most artist will have reviews from previous clients on their website or facebook page.  Take time to read through those.  Also, you probably have friends or know someone who recently got married. Take a look at their photos and ask about their experience.  Lastly, if you are lucky enough to be in a wedding before your own, make sure you are scoping things out. 

  • The last thing I think you should consider is their personality and lifestyle.  You definitely want to meet people in-person or on the phone prior to making your decision. This will give you a chance to see if you guys will mesh well.  It’s important that you get along well with your artist and are comfortable voicing opinions/concerns. You also want to note their lifestyle. Is it clear they are fully committed to this line of work? I’ve met so many brides who have had their artist bail on them at the last minute. One excuse I heard  was that the artist said she’s not interested in doing this type of work anymore. Think about how stressful that would be if it was said a month or two out from your wedding day.

Well, I hope these tips are helpful to you! Have a blessed day and I’ll talk to you later!

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