5 key things to look for when choosing a makeup artist. One of the things I hear from brides when they are first looking around for a wedding makeup artist is “I’ve never done this before, so I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do.” This is true!

The majority of brides have never planned a wedding, and many have never hired a professional makeup artist. It can be confusing and overwhelming!

Here are the steps you should take when working with a makeup artist.

Find the Right Makeup Artist

First, the easiest way to find a professional makeup artist is first asking your friends and family. Nothing beats word of mouth, especially in the world of weddings.

Talk to your photographer or hairstylist since most have worked with some in the past. The Knot Marketplace is also a great resource in connecting you with a makeup artists your area.

The Knot Market Place  also allows you to search by city or state, read reviews and look at makeup artists’ portfolios.

Schedule Your Makeup Trial

Secondly, Schedule a trail makeup session. Your makeup trial should be booked as soon as you send your makeup artist your reference photos.

Be open to suggestions from your makeup artist, especially if you don’t have specific images you’re referencing. They can guide you to a beauty look that complements everything from your features to your wedding color scheme.

Time It Well

Thirdly, the ideal time to schedule your trial is around the time of day your actual wedding will be. If your ceremony is in the morning, have your trial early—that way you can see how the makeup looks in different lighting throughout the day.

Take photos from different angles as well and pay close attention to how your skin reacts to the products they use. Is your mascara flaking off? Does your skin feel irritated from the foundation? Has your concealer completely disappeared?

You want your makeup look to be picture perfect, so don’t be afraid to voice all of your concerns to your makeup artist—now is the time to do so. Also, it’s a good idea to time your makeup trial.

This way, you’ll have an estimate of how long it will take on the actual wedding day so you can plan accordingly. While you’re at your hair trial, figure out if you’ll be traveling to your makeup artist or if they’ll be coming to you.

If you’re going to your makeup artist, budget extra time for travel for the day of your wedding.

If they’re coming to you, make sure they have a clean space to lay out their products and tools in a well-lit area.

Get Made Up

On the day of your wedding, you should be as relaxed as possible—so leave plenty of time to get ready before the ceremony. It usually takes two to three hours to complete a bride’s hair and makeup look.

Something to keep in mind: If the makeup artist is also working with your bridal party, depending on the size of the party, you’ll need to set aside an additional hour or more.  Therefore, it’s best to hire a separate person for your attendants, or let them do their own makeup.

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