Erin is a Freelance Hair & Makeup Artist residing and working in the Seattle/Bellevue Area. Erin has been doing weddings for 14 years, and traveled all over the country doing Hair & Makeup. Although Weddings are her passion, she also works a great deal in video, print and TV. Since moving to Seattle from NYC 5 years ago, she is honored as having received Weddingwires Bride Choice awards the past 5 years.
Continuing with the Do You Need A… series that started with Do You Need A First Look, we’re going to continue with Do You Need A Makeup Artist.
One of the things brides seem to wonder is whether or not they should hire a professional makeup artist. While we understand that it may not be in everyone’s budget, or something that you’re kind of on the fence about, we thought we’d feature one make artist’s opinion. And she was very willing to answer the questions I sent her way. Take it away Erin!
When it comes to wedding Hair & Makeup you should ALWAYS hire a professional!!! I hear all the time..”My friend is going to do it” Ladies, unless your friend is a professional or well trained artist, you are making a mistake. Friends back out, you can’t tell them you hate their work and do it over. Friends do not have the experience in long-lasting wedding day makeup and the curve balls that get thrown into a wedding day. Brides spend thousands of dollars on a gorgeous gown but are not willing to spend a few hundred on their face!! THEIR FACE!!! Of all things to skimp on, please don’t let it be your face. A professional knows the delicate balance between wedding day makeup and camera ready makeup. (Trust me there is a big difference between everyday, night, camera, going out, and wedding day hair and makeup.)
What can you expect out of a professional makeup artist?
A professional knows how to schedule your day so you do not run 1-2 hours late. They have the access to assistants so your entire bridal party can benefit from beautiful H&M, and not be left to their own scattered styles. I schedule everyone on the “45’s” meaning each service, Hair takes 45 minutes, Makeup takes 45 minutes. My Brides get usually 1 hour 45 or 2 depending on style and I like to give them some extra love. This allows a little wiggle room for everyone just in case ladies get stuck in traffic, are on the phone with a lost bridal party member, hung over and running late 🙂 or in case someone decided last minute they would like a service. This happens all the time!
Are makeup trials that necessary?
I highly recommend a trial pre-wedding. This is not a requirement but if you have the budget, incredibly valuable. This gives you the opportunity to meet with your artist and determine a multitude of important factors. Do you like the artist and will they be a good fit with your style and personality? Your wedding day should be fun, joyous, calm, and a time to spend those few hours enjoying your family and friends leading up to your big very busy, moments. If your artist is rude, arrogant, does not understand you and your vision, this will do none but create an awkward and uncomfortable environment.
The Trial will also give you the opportunity to see if the style you have in mind is truly the right style for your hair and skin. Many many brides come in with Pinterest pictures of gorgeous looks but when they get that look, the jaw dropping vision is not what they had in mind at all and looks terrible on them personally. Let’s be real…Kim K is a stunner, but not necessarily the look you may want on your vintage or bohemian wedding, not to mention… she wears a ton ton ton ton ton of makeup with lots of additions to her hair and face. Photoshoots and magazine covers are styled and set to the perfect moment, your wedding will not be sitting in one place in front of a camera with a H&M artist touching you up every 3 minutes for the perfect shot. You need to move, dance, hug, kiss, and all around look “real” while still pulling off that gorgeous “natural” glow. Lastly this trial will give you and your artist a step ahead on wedding day. We can prep to your exact needs, know if you had any allergic reactions, positive or negative preferences, and adjust our products to your specific wishes. Wedding day goes smoother and faster with a trial.
What should brides do ahead of time to get themselves ready?
I always advise a daily moisturizer routine prior to wedding for as long you can. Facials are wonderful a week prior, no less than a week in case you have a reaction. No chemical peels, crazy out of ordinary waxing, cutting, or plumping the week of the wedding. Do all of these at least a week out to make sure you know the outcome and like the results. Drink lots of water the week of the wedding, and please please please do not go overboard on the alcohol the night before the wedding! I know you want to live it up, family and friends are there, it is so exciting all the planning is done, wedding is here…But..what you get when you drink too much is dehydrated and ashy..yes GREY. That will ruin everything we have worked up to and force us to change our products in order to color correct your face. You just don’t look like that glowing beautiful bride that you would have if you could have just stayed in moderation.
In conclusion 🙂 Brides need to realize they are hiring a “professional” this is our business, not just someone who has some makeup and hair products and likes to do it here and there. We pay taxes, rent on our spaces, buy tons of products, take classes to continue to excel in our craft, spend money on advertising, pay our assistants, babysitters so we can work, spend hours replying to your emails, creating schedules, prepping for your event, etc. I can not stress enough it is not “just makeup” its our business and our passion. This is why we cost what we do!!! Don’t want to spend the money? NO problem, go to a counter or get someone just starting out I completely understand you need to stay within a budget. Remember this is your wedding day, these pictures will be in your house, parents house, FB, instagram FOREVER, wouldn’t you want the best possible H&M you could get? You don’t need to break the bank, but understand it should cost money this is your face and hair we are talking about, everyone will be looking at it including you.
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“Every bride is unique and special, their hair and makeup should be the same” -Erin Hunt
Hope this helped all of you in some way!