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10 Tips on Picking the Right Makeup Artist for Your Wedding

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Everyone wants their big day to go smoothly. Gorgeous hair, beautiful skin and physique, captivating dress, and a classy setup. But just how do resourceful brides select their makeup artist for their special day? We spoke with numerous brides and came up with a list of common considerations. These 10 tips will help you make the right choice, and we're not talking about your other half.

1. Start early

About eight months prior to your wedding, start taking note of makeup artists and their works. If you've recently attended a wedding and you liked the makeup style on the bride, ask for the name of the makeup artist and do some research on their portfolio to assess whether you like what they do. Also useful is creating a mood board that depicts the looks that you like. This can serve as a source of inspiration for your to-be makeup artist.

2. Reviews matter

Every makeup artist has a track record, and it pays to read reviews given by past clients. Participate and read comments posted on bridal forums to get a sense of who's who in the bridal makeup industry. From there, you can shortlist the top few makeup artists that you'd like to speak more with or even select for your big day. Be mindful to take reference from reviews by other brides, and not just marketing teams out to convince you of how good their artists are.

3. Try it out

The same way car buyers request a test run before laying down their down-payments, ask if the makeup artist can do a trial session. After all, your skin is just as important as your big day and you would want to be in the care of those who know their stuff.

During the trial, bring photos of the makeup looks you like and share the mood board and all your preferences so that the makeup artist can get a sense of what you want. Schedule a whole day shoot, both indoors and outdoors. This way, not only will you see how well the makeup lasts in real life, you'd have it on print as reference. This can be especially helpful so that your makeup artist can decide on the type of foundation to use for your indoor or outdoor segments during the big day. Take note, though, that trials usually come at a fee.

4. Examine their products

Some makeup artists like to stick to a particular brand of makeup. If you dislike the smell or consistency of the product, it helps to discuss swapping them for some other products that you prefer. If you have specific skin concerns and can only use a limited number of products, remember to consider this in your short list as well.

5. Don't forget about your hair

Your wedding look is incomplete without styled hair, and here's a valuable tip a bride shared with us: it helps when your makeup artist and hairstylist can work well together. Schedule a trial session when both stylist and artist can work concurrently on you, so that you can preempt possible clashes in opinions or flare-ups. Remember that weddings can sometimes be high-pressure work environments, and when big families or wedding entourages come into play, it really helps to know you've got people who've got your back no matter what.

On the other hand, if your makeup artist is doubling up as your hairstylist, it will be a good idea to check out his or her hair portfolio too, to make sure you like the hairstyling as much as you like the makeup style.

6. Remember your entourage

Factor in makeup for your bridesmaids, family members, and special guests. Speak to your makeup artist and ensure that they have it included in the cost. Let your makeup artist know exactly how many other people will be needing her services, so she can decide whether she needs to bring along assistants. This is especially important if you have a huge entourage. Say, if you have a family of twelve, you might definitely need to get a supporting makeup artist to help your guests look good, while your makeup artist attends solely to you.

7. Inform them about your venue

One bride shared how she brought her makeup artist to the actual wedding location, so they could decide the required tools to bring. Granted, she had planned for a beach wedding and things do get messy with a bit of sand and sea. However, it is always better to let your to-be makeup artist know what they are working with, and that includes their surroundings. Some makeup artists have been known to politely turn down outdoor weddings as they prefer working in more controlled environments such as a hotel ballroom or a fancy restaurant.

8. Prepare the budget and plan B

Always work out a budget before meeting your makeup artist. A good starting point would be to aim for quality. Ask your makeup artist to help you understand what products they will be using, and what essentially you will be paying for. Some brides go as far as to engage standby makeup artists in the unlikely event that their key makeup artist cannot turn up on the actual day. While costly, this will give the bride peace of mind and the confidence to know that she has a contingency plan in place.

9. Get to know them personally

Ultimately, you'd want a makeup artist who has a good attitude. Therefore, it's important to select someone you feel comfortable with and well taken care of by. It is one thing to have a creative flair that helps you look good on your big day and another when that streak runs its own course. Speak honestly with your makeup artist, and let them know if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the agreement. It is your big day, and apart from looking good, it is crucial that you feel positive and happy throughout the day.

10. 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 such as sudden and unwanted red eyes or swollen lips. Use only linen that your skin is used to in the days leading up to the wedding. Eat simple and cut salt from your diet to reduce the appearance of bloating. Avoid new food or drinks, and do not test out new facial or skincare products two weeks before the big day.

Daily Vanity is Singapore's leading beauty e-magazine. This article first appeared here. For more beauty tips to prepare you for your big day, visit Daily Vanity's wedding channel.

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