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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Why You Should Hire a Makeup Artist

Do you have a big event coming up? wedding? special photography session? Well I'd like to cover the reasons why you should hire a makeup artist for these occasions.  Most people think the day of their special occasion they will be cool as a cucumber and be able to do their own makeup and hair without missing a beat.  Lets just say that when you want to look absolutely flawless we get so nervous we end up forgetting a crucial step and not looking our best. Lets face it, unless you are really great with makeup and hair it is worth going the extra mile on special occasions.

Lets cover special events first, what type of event are you going to? Themed Party or Wedding? In these types of events you want to have your makeup match the event.  If you are going to be attending a 20s inspired wedding you may need to dress the part.  You may not have the skills to recreate a 1920's flapper look but a makeup artist will have the knowledge, skills, and education to create the perfect look customized for you.

Choosing the right makeup artist can be a bit tricky, you want to choose the right artist for your personal style and personality.  I always suggest having several e-mail conversations, and having a trial with the artist before your big event. By having a trial you can test out the makeup artist's skills and get to know each other, for brides this is a MUST. I advise having a trial at least one month in advance. One month in advance is still enough time to find another artist incase you don't quite mesh with the person you've had a trial with or if you'd like to try a different look for your big day.  In a trial you must give the artist the chance to express her creativity with all of your ideas combined.  If an artist is unwilling to consider an idea without explanation, you may not be happy on your big day, but an artist should always try their best to work with you.

Get it in writing! After the trial and the bride or client decides she wants to hire me on for her big day I hand her an extensive contract so that we both know what is expected of each other.  We both sign and any additional ladies also having makeup done with me also sign a waiver for cosmetic allergies and photography.  My contract protects both my client and myself that way no matter how many e-mails have been exchanged we can both refer to this one document for what exactly is expected from both of us.

Although trials and hiring an artist can be expensive unless you are very skilled and won't be stressed doing your own makeup it is worth the expense to hire out.  Your makeup artist will help to calm you on the big day, be there to touch you up when you get emotional, and be there for your bridesmaids if you/they so choose.  In all of my weddings I offer a full days service complete with touchups so that everyone looks completely polished and cohesive.

Examples of brides I have worked on below. If you are interested in my services for a special event or wedding please contact me at

Some of my lovely brides 

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