Updated: May 2, 2020
Planning out your big day look? With the dress commanding so much attention (and money) my guess is makeup is low on your list. You might even be thinking of doing it yourself, to save yourself the time and money it takes to hire a professional Makeup Artist. You know you’re no expert, but how hard can it be? Answer: Hard AF! Makeup may seem like a minor detail in a world of venue design and $7,000 wedding gowns, but I’m here to tell you why hiring a professional makeup artist is an absolute must.
1. THEY KNOW WHAT WORKS —AND WHAT DOESN'T.
Let’s make this clear, sis. Wedding makeup is a whole different ball game from everyday makeup. Even if you’re generally pretty skilled when it comes to your day-to-day routine, there are certain techniques, trends and skills that professional wedding makeup artists know to use for important events that you have probably never heard of (hello, that’s why we pay them!!). For example, they’ll know how to match your face to your body to prevent that god awful pale face tan body or vise versa. They’ll know how to keep your makeup locked in for 16 hours of partying (and crying), Flash back?? You do not want to look ghostly in your photos girl! Lashes?? Gotta make sure those are in tact. I could go on and on but I’ll stop here :)
2. THEY'RE NOT NEW TO THIS, THEY'RE TRUE TO THIS!
Maybe you’re good at makeup, but let’s talk about reality for a second. You probably celebrated with your girls OR stayed up all night with the jitters. You wake up on wedding & time is passing by faster than it ever has, your bridesmaids and mother chatting at a mile a minute all around you, your sh*t’s scattered everywhere, and now you have a million last-minute things on your to-do list that could cause you to face some serious adversity. Professional makeup artists on the other hand? They’re used to working under pressure and in hectic environments—in fact, that’s kind of their M.O. So you can sit down, get pretty, relax, sip on a Mimosa (or tequila,YOLO), without second-guessing whether your liner will take a few tries to get right or your mascara will accidentally drag across your perfectly applied foundation cause you’re all nervous N’ shit lol. If all you hire your MUA for is to economize your time and cut down on stress on your wedding morning, it’s worth the money— TRUST. ME.
DONT BE THIS GIRL 😂
3. THEY DON'T TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY!
You might have a super-talented friend or bridesmaid who offered to do your makeup, but think again before bringing them on for the task. The main difference between “makeup-lover’s” and “professional wedding makeup artists” whom you’re paying is exactly that: you’re paying the latter! So you can be picky to get the look you like, ask them to redo things over and over again( definitely book a trial to avoid this regardless), and not worry about hurting their feelings—things you might feel too polite to do with a friend you’re not compensating or maybe you are but still lol (which could result in a subpar makeup look on the most photographed day of your life!). Booking the right artist, you already know they 1. Take pride in their work and would never let a client walk away lookin janky! 2. MUA’s use your wedding photos for their portfolio as well so they want a perfect look just as much as you do—you’re on the same team in wanting a top-notch finished product, okuuur!
4.THEY KNOW WHAT PHOTOGRAPHS WELL!
You’ve probably heard this one before, but it bears repeating—you really do need your makeup done differently (a little more dramatic if you’re a minimalist)! ]On a day when you will be photographed hundreds, maybe thousands, of times (literally), it’s best to trust this rule of thumb to the professionals. Because even if you think she’s putting on a ton of makeup, it’s probably not enough to appear in photos—this is why it always takes brides a moment to get used to their professional makeup looks when they have it done the first time...which is why again, a trial is necessary! At first glance, it may seem overdone, but after it sets in and later on in photos, it looks just right. Experienced MUA’s know the secret to photograph-ready faces. This is a skill that’s almost impossible to pull off by anyone but the pros, and even if you think you’ve got it figured out—you only get one set of wedding pics. Is it really worth the risk? I’ll vote “NO” for $300.
Don't be like my good sis Taraji! Love you girl but wtf! LMAO.
5. THEY KNOW HOW TO RECREATE INSPO!
Professional MUA’s have the skills and experience to recreate your pinterest inspo or whatevaaa. Whether it be a bold smoky eye or a sultry glow from within, that friend who said she could hook you up for FREE99 might not be able to pull together. With a professional, you’re paying for consistency—that is, getting the exact look you ask for and the peace of mind that it can be recreated again on your wedding day! ...Because we’ve all tried, and failed, to follow smokey eye tutorials on youtube and came out looking like this: