What to Look For in Your Bridal Makeup Artist


I so often hear stories about brides finding a makeup artist online that has a good portfolio, and affordable prices, so they book them before doing much digging beyond that. Too often those brides are dissapointed and caught off guard by something they didn't think to look into or ask about. Honestly, if I wasn't in this industry I would probably make the same mistake! In light of happy brides and being well informed, hopefully this blog post will come in hand.


1. Sanitation and Organization

The biggest thing I look for in other artists I work with, and the biggest thing that I am personally a little crazy about, is SANITATION! Brushes must be clean, hands must be washed or sanitized, and there is no double dipping of any sorts! There are plenty of unpleasant things that you don’t want being spread around because your makeup artist forgot to wash her brushes, or dipped the eyeliner brush she just used on someone back in the pot of gel liner. Another thing to look for is a clean organized kit. I have noticed that when an artist doesn’t have their kit organized, they usually don’t have a lot of other things organized too! Feel free to ask for a pic or two of your artist's kit. They shouldn’t mind if everything is in order!


2. Timeliness

Wedding days often have strict timing, and the last thing you want is your artist throwing off the timeline you and/ or your wedding planner have worked so hard on. Finding an artist that is on time (this really means at least 15 mins early), can stay on schedule, and can pack up quick, is essential!

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3. Excellent Reviews

Reviews are so helpful and an easy way to read up on the service you will be receiving. Look for specifics about the client's experience. “She was amazing” is great, but more specifics the better!

4. Personality

The artist you choose is going to be around for a large chunk of your morning on the biggest day of your life! Finding someone that your personality meshes with is key. A friendly, calming presence is necessary (wedding mornings can be stressful enough), and you ultimately want to find someone who has your back!

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5. Someone who knows their stuff!

You are not hiring an artist on your wedding day to just give you “every day makeup”. You are hiring them to make you look your BEST in those wedding photos you are paying for! You could ask for the most natural look, but your artist needs to know how to make “natural” look amazing on camera.  

No matter who your artist is, these 5 qualities are essential in making your experience enjoyable, and your big day stress free!

Bridal Portrait Shoot

Who would have known that when I met Kelsey (Kelsey Leigh Photograpy) on one of my last days of working at Platos Closet, just a month or so later we would be collaborating on such a gorgeous shoot. Kelsey has a beautiful studio, not even 10mins away from me, with large windows and gorgeous light, that was so perfect for the mood we were going for. To add to the perfection of this shoot, Kelsey and Devyn are two of the sweetest people I have worked with! 

Fun fact. This updo on Devyn was the first updo I have created! I don't usually do hair other than curling, and some light styling, so when Kelsey mentioned an updo, I was excited to step out of my comfort zone. Considering it was my first, I wouldn't say it is perfect by any means, but I do really like how it turned out. That being said, it is difficult to go wrong when there are flowers involved! 

Glowy, natural, and enhancing are all words I would use to describe my style as a makeup artist, and the look I created for Devyn is nothing short of those words. Brows really do frame the face, and Devyn's are rather thick, so I just used a powder to fill in sparse areas. For the eyeshadow, I used some shimmery shades from one of my favorite viseart palettes. I didn't define the crease very much to keep keep the look from getting too dramatic. Her lips are already rather pigmented, so I used some clear gloss and a lipliner to create a little more definition. I am so in love with this look!