The most important day of your life is fast approaching. You are leaving single-dom behind to join your life with the life of that special, someone. The dress you found, is one in a million. The venue is the perfect location for you and your guests to share this wonderful day together. The Photographer has been given a large deposit to produce a record of this most memorable event.
Long after the wedding is done, the food has been eaten, and the music has faded away, the pictures will remain to fill your memory with beautiful images…so then why would you leave the star of the show without her own star artist? What about the most important person…you?
This is one of the most photographed days of your life. It stands to reason that you would want to look your absolute best. This is where the Professional Makeup Artist comes in. Simply put, professionally applied makeup will help complete the look you spent so many months pulling together. The right application of makeup that takes into consideration your unique features, can have surprising effects. Melding talent, skill, training and experience, Professional Makeup Artists together with a professional Photographer, can produce amazing results in your photographs.
You know you have seen them, those wedding pictures with washed out, pasty brides. Dark circles, and eyes that disappear. Or what about the bride that thought that ‘something blue’ meant her eyeshadow? No amount of retouching can get rid of imperfections like these in your photographs, even with the most highly trained photographers. It is important to add that bridal makeup does not need to be applied with a heavy hand in order to appeal to the camera. As a matter of fact, professional makeup artists know how to use less product to produce more amazing results. Now with the addition of High Definition cameras it has become imperative for Artists to keep a close eye on technique and make the skin appear as natural and radiant as possible. High Definition cameras literally can not lie!
For many brides-to-be, makeup application can be an area of “the unknown”. There are some that wear makeup daily, some that wear makeup occasionally and then the group of women that just don’t know what to do with makeup! Some of the questions that race through the mind of a bride-to-be are: What colours should I wear? How much makeup do I really need? How do I even put this on and where does it go? Sound familiar? This is why it is essential to enlist the services of not just any makeup artist, but the right one, one who will help you to achieve that unforgettable look you’re aiming for.
So how can you tell the difference between an excellent Professional Makeup artist and a not so good one? Ask lots of questions! A professional makeup artist will pride him/herself on understanding makeup for photography (both colour and black and white) and videography. Don’t be afraid to ask your makeup artist about the types of projects they’ve worked on. Ask about sanitation. You want an artist who not only has a clean and neat appearance, but one who cleanses and sanitizes their hands, brushes and tools between clients. Furthermore, you want to know that the artist is using disposable sponges and mascara wands for each person. This can’t be stressed enough!
Hygiene is of the utmost importance, but so is the art of listening. An excellent professional makeup artist will sit down with you to discuss your wants and needs, likes and dislikes of makeup. The relationship between the artist and their client is a very intimate one. This is one of the last people to be with you right before you walk down the aisle. They have been with you for hours and you may have confided in them as well, It is so important to find the one that will make you feel at ease. When you are finally in the artists chair ready for your trial, all that “listening” should be put to good use. At the end of your meeting and trial you should feel confident that this is the artist for you.
Here is a summary of what to look for when searching for that perfect Professional Makeup Artist:
- Experience is very important! The more the better.
- Ask if the Artist sterilizes brushes between clients.
- Trial makeup applications are crucial and should be a deciding factor when choosing who you hire. What is involved in their trial?
- One thing that can distinguish a Professional Makeup Artist from a want-to-be is the use of formal contracts, a website, brochures and business cards, etc.
While these items won’t provide any guarantee of skill level, they do represent a certain degree of investment in their craft.
Finally, one of the biggest reasons to hire a makeup artist for your big day is because…It’s YOUR big day! You are the queen, the star and as such you should be treated with star status! Sit back and let the professionals take care of you.
Best of luck to you all on your wedding day!