Real Question: Do I Need a Makeup Artist?

Hi Ladies,

Please help! I am debating if I need a makeup artist for myself and wedding party or if everyone can do their own. The real issue here is that I am extremely particular with my own makeup. On a typical work day morning I will spend about 45 minutes to an hour and a half on just makeup when I am getting ready. I have never liked the makeup that anyone has done for me and just end up fixing everything after I leave. However, I don’t think that my bridesmaids are the same way. I don’t know if they want to spend the money on having theirs done either. Is it weird if I hired someone just for them and not me? Or vice versa if that is the case? I don’t think that this should be a hard decision but it is. Any advice on the subject would be appreciated.

Blushing Bride


Dear Blushing Bride,

No decision in a wedding is easy and you shouldn’t feel bad because that this is something that is important to you!

Finding that perfect person for your wedding day makeup shouldn’t be stressful. This should be the fun part! You already know a lot about your likes and dislikes in makeup and know your skin well. When interviewing possible artists, ask them questions about how they deal with redness or breakouts. Bring up contouring and ask if they fill in brows. Find that one who speaks your language. Your perfect match should be able to answer all your questions without batting an eyelash. Next, book a trial with them. A trial is key when deciding on a makeup artist. Most include this in their fee but some may charge extra, so be sure to ask up front. You get to see first hand how they work and see the final product before the big day. This will also be the time when you see how they conceal blemishes and work with you on creating that perfect wedding look. A professional makeup artist will also have advanced understanding of what makeup products and techniques look best on camera.

I would ask your bridesmaids if they are interested in having a makeup artist come to where you are getting ready. If only a few of them would like to that is fine, or if all of them want to do their own makeup, that is fine too. There is no right or wrong answer.  The only thing that could come into play here is if you need to hire more than one makeup artist. When you book with the one you love, ask them if you should hire multiple artists. They will be able to help you figure out your timeline for getting ready and can recommend someone to hire or may work with an associate.

If you don’t like the way something looks, say so. Your makeup artist will not be offended. They want you to look amazing and are willing to work with you to make sure that is achieved. If you don’t like your makeup, you won’t love your photos or your video from the day. If you’ve already had a makeup trial, this won’t be an issue on the day of the wedding.

Your wedding day is a day where you should feel pampered while getting ready to walk down the aisle. If you do your homework and find that perfect artist, you will be less stressed about the whole situation. Spend some time with them beforehand to create your perfect wedding look, and you will be excited to see your makeup artist on your wedding day. Have some champagne and hand the reigns over to a professional!

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  • Shalene Boyko - For me, hiring a makeup artist was great as it was one less thing I had to worry about doing. I am particular about my make-up as well but my makeup artist did a trial for me and we made it exactly how I wanted it to be for the trial so that it was perfect come the wedding day. I loved my makeup and it was great to relax in the chair for a few minutes.ReplyCancel

    • Tracy - Thanks for your thoughts Shalene! A trial is very helpful in making the day go smoothly and ensuring that you will be happy with the outcome! Glad to hear you had a wonderful experience 🙂ReplyCancel

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