The "I Do's" and "Don'ts" of Wedding Make-up


As you walk down the aisle, on the most romantic day of your life, your closest friends and family members will be by your side, watching you take this step in your life, sending you gifts, and the warmest wishes for a fantastic new life as husband and wife.

This day will be one of the most photographed of your life, and all eyes are on you. Whether that scares you, or thrills you, all brides share a common desire: to let your natural beauty shine, and look absolutely stunning.


One of the easiest, and most important factors of your wedding look is makeup. Even brides who normally go without when it comes to makeup usually decide to don at least a little foundation or powder and some mascara for the photos. And most go all the way with full makeup and hair done by professionals. But how do you tackle it yourself? What if you have no experience with makeup? And if you decide you need a professional make up artist how do you go about getting one?


Bridal Makeup Application

 Here are your basic options:


1. Makeup At Counter:

Go to a cosmetic counter and ask for a make-up consultation with one of their artists. I recommend requesting an appointment for the next time a regional or national artist with the line will be in the store (usually for an event). For best results, choose top-of-the-line brands, like Dior, Chanel, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, etc. Artists are usually experienced professionals. The down side is that you will be expected to buy some product, usually at least two items. This is a good option if you are pretty good at applying makeup yourself, want to purchase items anyways, and think you'll be able to re-create the artist's work on your wedding day yourself.


2. Hiring A Makeup Artist:

To hire a great makeup artist, you can start by searching the web (luckily, you're already searching here!), and look for artists near you. Make sure you look for the following signs that can show you if the artist is of high quality or not....


  1. a professional website with example work

  2. professional looking photographs

  3. a clean makeup kit: you want to apply clean makeup to your face, and clean stuff indicates good hygiene.

  4. freshly washed brushes

  5. good communication; you want someone fun and friendly, especially when they'll be working with you during your wedding

  6. punctuality: the last thing you want is a late makeup artist on your big day!


Makeup artists can charge anywhere from $40 for minimal consultations, to $700+ for consultation, day-of application and touch-ups throughout the day (and around $50-$80 each for bridesmaids and moms, etc). The benefits of hiring somebody to take care of everything for you, is that you won't have to stress about the possibility of ruining your wedding day makeup with a shaky hand or a slip of some mascara; instead you'll be able to relax, enjoy some pampering, and know that you'll look your absolute best!

Whatever you choose for your wedding day make up, the most important part is to feel and look like yourself, and to feel confident and comfortable for your special day!


Author, Jenna Kyle, is a professional makeup artist, and featured artist for Laura Mercier Cosmetics, specializing in Bay Area Weddings and Events. For more information and to learn more about the author, check out her website at

Last Updated: August 4, 2013 at 1:14 am
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