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 TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE A MAKEUP ARTIST AND HAIRSTYLIST FOR YOUR WEDDING

Updated: Feb 17

Kassaundra Stephens is a destination Makeup Artist And Hairstylist based in Paris France. She works with brides from all over the world and she understands their quest to find the right makeup artist and hairstylist for their personal beauty needs.

It's not easy, especially when it is your wedding!

Everyone wants their big day to turn out perfectly. We have dreamed about this day our entire lives. We've had visions of flawless skin, gorgeous hair and of course THE DRESS! When it all finally becomes a reality, how do brides choose their makeup artist and hairstylist for their special day.


START EARLY

About 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding, start looking at the work of makeup artists and hairstylists. If you've recently attended a wedding and you liked the brides makeup, ask for the name of the makeup artist and research their portfolio to see whether you like their style.

PINTEREST IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

Create a Pinterest board that depicts the looks that you would like for your hair and makeup. This can serve as a source of inspiration for your prospective makeup artist and hairstylist. A visual guide is a must!


REVIEWS MATTER

Every makeup artist and hairstylist has a track record, and it is crucial to read reviews given by past clients. Search their business pages, websites and Google My Business for comments to get a sense of who is reputable in the bridal makeup/hair industry. From there, you can create a list of your top makeup artists and hairstylists that you'd like to speak more with or even select for your big day.


TRIAL IT OUT

The same way a car buyer requests a test run before giving their down payment, ask if the makeup artist/hairstylist can do a trial session. After all, your skin and hair are just as important as your big day and you would want to be in the care of someone who is talented and professional. During the trial, bring photos of the makeup/hair looks that you like as well as your Pinterest board. This gives your artist a sense of what you want. After the trial, take photos both indoors and outdoors. This way, not only will you see how well the makeup lasts in real life, you will also have it on print as a reference.


TAKE YOUR BUDGET INTO CONSIDERATION

Beauty services come at a wide range of prices depending on location, notoriety and experience. Wedding day hair and makeup is a worthwhile investment considering that looking your best is a must. You are the star of the show and your photos will last a lifetime.

YOU MIGHT NEED SEVERAL ARTISTS

Most makeup artists do both hair and makeup. They also usually work with other artists to accommodate large parties. Remember that weddings can sometimes be high pressure environments, and when large wedding parties come into play, it really helps to know you have people who have things under control at all times.

YOUR BRIDAL PARTY BEAUTY NEEDS

Consider the makeup and hair for your bridesmaids, family members, and special guests. Speak to your makeup artist/hairstylist and ensure that they have everyone included in their timeline. Let your makeup artist know exactly how many people will be needing their services, so they can decide whether it's necessary to bring along assistants. If you have a group of 6 to 12, you might need to get a supporting artist to help your guests while your makeup artist/hairstylist attends solely to you. Also, decide whether it might be better for you to have your beauty services done in a different room to allow yourself some alone time.

THE VENUE

It is always a good idea to let your makeup artist/hairstylist know what they are working with, and that includes their surroundings. You will need to choose a place that has plenty of space, good lighting, mirrors and high chairs.

Ask your makeup artist/hairstylist what they will be bringing and what they need?

ARTIST TO CLIENT CONNECTION

Ultimately, you want a makeup artist and hairstylist who has a good attitude and someone who makes you feel calm. Therefore, it's important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and well taken care of by. Speak honestly with your makeup artist/hairstylist, and let them know if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the agreement. It is your special day, and apart from looking fabulous, it is crucial that you feel positive and happy throughout the day.


PREPARE YOUR SKIN

No matter how professional or seasoned your makeup artist is, you have to do the necessary things to look the part. Prepare in advance for last minute emergencies like, red eyes, dry patchy skin or pimples. Use products that your skin is familiar with in the days leading up to your wedding. Eat healthy and cut salt from your diet to reduce puffiness.

THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP OF ALL..... GET EXCITED!

You are getting ready to celebrate your love story. There will be hiccups, but this day above any other will be about you. Take in every moment and enjoy yourself fully.

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