How to choose your Makeup Artist and which application will best suite me on my wedding day
Simply Weddings Las Vegas │ Las Vegas Wedding Planner
With all there is to do for your wedding day, your makeup may be the last thing on your mind. Well, not the last thing, but pretty close. Whether you have planned months in advance, or it is two weeks before your wedding, the way to go about finding a good makeup artist is always the same. You have to know where to look. With the modern bride using the Internet for so many aspects of coordinating their wedding, this would be the first stop. Visit wedding websites such as: the knot.com, wedding wire.com or bride.com and look in the beauty or makeup artist categories. Most professionals who work with brides will be listed on these sites. You will easily be able to do a quick comparison of pricing, services offered; view photo’s of their recent work or even read reviews written by brides.
Now you have to ask yourself some questions.
1. Do I want to go to a salon or do I want them to come to me, and if they do, is there a travel fee involved?
2. Will they do a trial run of the makeup before the wedding, and is that included in the fee?
3. Do they require a deposit to hold my date?
4. Will I be the only one getting my makeup done, or will other members of my party be receiving the service as well?
5. Do I want someone who can do both my hair and makeup?
6. Do I have an idea of how I want my makeup to look (natural, glamorous, exotic, etc.)?
7. Do I have any special needs I should let them know about, such as allergies to certain products, plants or foods, tattoos that will need covering, scares or severe acne?
8. Are they licensed?
9. What type of application do I want? Airbrush or Traditional Application and what’s the difference?
Plus many, many more that you will come up with on your own during your research!
Once you have narrowed down your list of makeup artists to contact and you are ready with your questions the most important things you should consider when choosing your makeup artist are that they listen to you, they answer all of your questions to your satisfaction, and that you feel comfortable with them. Nothing is worse than having someone touching you, that you don’t feel comfortable with.
It’s good to look for a State Licensed Makeup Artist they will have schooling behind them, will have worked in an atmosphere with other licensed beauty professionals and should have obtained a more complex set of skills. Many states require continuing education to keep a license, so these professionals are always learning new skills. They may also practice more thorough sanitation guidelines, and perhaps even have OSHA certifications. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if they attend educational conventions to keep up with the latest trends from around the world. The beauty industry is constantly evolving and you should know what is available to you at all times.
To give some direction to your makeup artist I would collect different pictures from magazines that captivate you and your features. Put them in a binder and consult with your makeup artist before your trial and share your thoughts as to what type of look you would like for your wedding day.
Also, don’t forget to mention to your makeup artist what types of photography will be involved. Are all the pictures going to be in color or will some of them be in black and white? This little detail can significantly change the makeup design, and not all makeup artists are comfortable working with a black and white medium. Wedding makeup is an art. The bride must look natural in person, yet defined enough so that she appears to be glowing in photographs. This is challenging to achieve, and is truly a learned skill.
What is the difference between airbrush makeup and traditional makeup, besides price? For traditional makeup, we use a regular foundation and for airbrush, it’s applied with a misting action and a specially formulated foundation.
There are many types of traditional foundation. Liquid foundations are the most popular. Most liquid foundations are a water base. They are not technically formulated for long wear. If you have oily skin, water-based products tend to separate from the skin, because water and oil do not mix. If you your skin is dry, certain types of foundation may be more visible than you would like. For dryer skin mix your foundation with a dime size of your everyday moisturizer to make the foundation slightly thinner in consistency. I suggest bringing in the foundation that you normally wear in order to give your makeup artist an idea of what consistency you prefer on your complexion. When using a traditional foundation on brides, apply it with a foundation brush and set it with a pressed powder that is a shade darker than your skin. This will ensure that your face will not photograph lighter that your neck.
When choosing airbrush application, you want to confirm with your makeup artist that they use a silicone-based airbrush foundation. This is the reason that airbrush foundation has a 10+ hour wear time. Using silicone instantly fills in lines and smooth’s the surface of your skin. Silicone-based foundation is also sweat resistant and water resistant, so those tears of joy wont streak your face! It is truly radiant and gives you such a natural finish you won’t even know you’re wearing makeup! This is a good choice for any skin type. You should not be able to “see” your airbrush foundation; it does not need to be layered and should feel like a second skin.
The time line for finding a good artist should be 2-3 months prior to the wedding. Have your trial run about 3-5 weeks before the event. Your Las Vegas Wedding Planner, Simply Weddings Las Vegas can help you set up your appointments with your certified makeup artist. Don’t forget to take a picture of your trial run makeup. Also, go outside and look at your makeup. What may look great under soft salon lighting could look garish anywhere else. See how long the makeup lasts, and if you will need to touch up during the day. And don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something. Remember, this makeup will live on forever in photographs and video, so you want to be satisfied with your look. Most of all relax and enjoy the experience. It isn’t everyday that you will have this kind of pampering from a highly skilled, professional makeup artist.