Finding the ideal makeup artist for your wedding is a daunting task. There are so many variables; personality, professionalism, talent, training, communication skills and price. So, how do you know if you have found the perfect makeup artist for your wedding?
She has experience in bridal makeup. There are many different areas of makeup; print, fashion, stage, film and bridal/special occasion. Not all makeup artists enjoy working in all of these areas, which means that you need to ask if she has done bridal makeup, and why she enjoys working on weddings. If she says that she gets personal satisfaction by making a bride truly beautiful on her wedding day, then you know you are on the right track.
She is respectful to you. She returns your calls and emails promptly, confirms your appointments and is on time to them. Her makeup kit and brushes are clean, and so is she. She schedules an appropriate amount of time for your phone conversations and appointments so that you do not feel rushed. In a word, she is professional.
She is relaxed and calming. She is pleasant to be around (as you will be spending a lot of time with her on your wedding day). She studies and discusses the inspirational photos you provide and offers other suggestions if you ask. She is willing to work with or around any issues or concerns that you may have, such as allergies or acne. She encourages you to discuss the details of your wedding rather than gossip or talk about herself.
And lastly she is talented. She can apply makeup in a manner that brings out your best features and captures your true beauty. She makes you feel and look amazing.
Someone possessing all of these traits does not come cheap. A lot of time and money was spent on her training. And there is the cost of stocking and maintaining her makeup kit. Plus all of the jobs she did for free to gain experience. Her time and the cost of traveling to you. And her business expenses . She really is worth the rate she quotes you. That is not to say that you cannot find someone this fantastic at most budget levels. You can. You just have to do your research and ask the right questions. Or you could consider smaller bouquets for the bridesmaids!