Ok so here is a discussion all brides need to have at some point before their wedding…makeup! Will you hire a professional MUA (Make Up Artist) or are you happy to do it yourself? Lets talk more.
Makeup can often be side-lined to a later date, which could be dangerous! Good MUA are often booked up months in advance so like you would a hairdresser you need to start the research earlier to avoid disappointment. You could start by asking your married friends and family who they used, its nice to here honest recommendations, you could also go online and look on Facebook at examples of their current and existing work.
Look to see if the MUA has a bridal section, wedding makeup is specialist as it needs to have good staying power, be flawless, and applied in a way that photographs extremely well.
Lets face it, we all like a bargain and sometimes I have heard brides question if having their makeup done is an essential. Well the answer is… is it essential to you?
Having been both a MUA and a bride I understand that sometimes it can seem costly , however…
- Your makeup needs to last all day and photograph well, so it is important to choose products that are right for your skin.
- Whether you choose a MUA or do it yourself you need to first think about your skin care, this will be determined by your skin type. Your skin type will decide what base of foundation should be used, water based, oil based, powder based and so on.
- Having your skin prepared and primed before applying your make up will allow the finished look to stay perfect for longer, so don’t rush the finer details.
- A trial 6-8 weeks before your wedding day is ESSENTIAL!
Below is a photograph of my trial, that I did on myself, its a good idea if you decide to your own makeup is to take a picture in the natural daylight so you can see how the colours and finish photograph’s.
A trial with a make up artist will allow you to trial different looks, discuss your requirement’s and ask questions you may have.
A lot of make up artists insist you book a trial as they can then create a face chart of products that they have used on you, this is important because:
- They can ensure you have had no allergic reactions.
- They can record shades used.
- They can complete the exact same look again on the day.
- They can add notes and record the finer details.
(If you decide to do your own makeup still carry out the trial for the same reasons)
If you decide you are confident enough to do your makeup on your special day, take your time and have your face chart to hand to refer back to.