In the midst of wedding preparations, the decision to hire (or not to hire) a professional make-up artist for your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you will make. All eyes will be upon you. It is your moment to shine. You want to look your absolute best!
I am often asked.”Should I hire a professional make-up artist for my wedding?” As a professional make-up artist, my answer is obviously biased! However, I do realize that professional make-up isn’t for everyone. I hope the information provided will assist you in your decision on whether or not hiring a professional make-up artist for your wedding day is right for you.
A true professional make-up artist has an artistic eye and knows exactly what colors and techniques are needed to enhance your best features and make you look your very best on your wedding day. Many make-up artists have received advanced training in make-up education, face shapes, color analysis and are also skilled in camouflage or other techniques to minimize flaws in your skin. A good make-up artist will also assess your fashion personality to determine how bold or creative you like your desired look to be.
Having a camera ready appearance is essential to amazing wedding photographs. The make-up application you typically wear may not be suitable for the camera or you may look more radiant with a different type of make-up application.
If you typically wear little make-up, I strongly recommend hiring a professional make-up artist. Believe it or not, this will alleviate a lot of anxiety and stress on your special day. Everyone gets the jitters. Trying to apply wedding photographic quality make-up with a steady hand while your stomach is turning and your hand is shaking isn’t easy when you have little or no experience in applying a full make-up application.
Worried about looking “too made-up?”…interview several make-up artists and absolutely schedule a trial. Most make-up artists do charge for a trial as they need to schedule time on their appointment book. In my opinion, this is money well spent. During the trial, you will be able to try different looks to see what will look best on your wedding day! Often times, what you thought you wanted may not be what you like or what looks best on you in the end.
If you love the way “you” apply your make-up, hiring a professional wedding make-up artist may or may not be the right decision for you. If you are open to change, a professional wedding make-up artist may show you a variety of ideas that will enhance your features; they may also perfect upon your look making you more flawless and camera ready. Only you should make the decision. If you truly love the way you apply your make-up and how you photograph with your personal make-up application, do not feel coerced or pushed into hiring someone. You want everything to be perfect on your wedding day. Feeling uncomfortable about your make-up application will only make you miserable.
By Terri Anne Meyer, founder of Aesthetic Artistry, LLC Spa Boutique . Terri Anne brings 12 years of make-up artistry experience and has received advanced training in make-up artistry for women of color, corrective make-up techniques, color analysis, and airbrush make-up artistry.