Should every bride hire a makeup artist for her wedding day makeup?
Ok, so as a makeup artist, many of you would think that of course I will put hair and makeup as something not to scrimp on.
What I will say, is that it’s important to have a look at the bigger picture and decide what is important to you so that you’re the most happiest on your wedding day.
Weddings Are An Expensive Day
There is no doubt that weddings can be an expensive affair.
The average cost of a wedding in Australia is $65k which is a lot of money.
When budgeting for a wedding there are some areas that you can save money on and I agree that hair and makeup can add up.
Like all hair and makeup services, there are different makeup artists who have different price points to suit all budgets.
Some make up artists will charge~$50 per bride and others charge ~$250+ and everything in between.
Like anything in life, it’s important to understand what you’re paying for as often (as the saying goes) “you get what you pay for”.
One thing ALL brides want for their wedding day (regardless of background, ethnicity, income/social status, age etc) is to look and feel beautiful.
Brides All Want To Look Their Best On Their Wedding Day.
When considering your wedding day look, ask yourself the following questions
- How important is that you look your absolute best for your wedding?
- How important is it that your wedding makeup last the long day?
- Do you want your bridal party to look equally as beautiful and consistent with your wedding theme?
- What price do you put on confidence and peace of mind?
- Do you want to look back on your photos and say “Wow, how amazing do I look?I had no idea I could ever look that beautiful.”
- How much time do you have to run around?
I’m guessing that a lot of these statements resonate with you in one way or another and it’s important to be really clear on the answers to these questions before deciding what will best suit your needs.
Professional Service And Consultations
In my experience, a well-educated professional makeup artist who values communication will consult with you to understand your needs.
They will advise you on your skin care and help you discover the exact combination of colours.
The right foundation for you skin tone.
A good makeup artist knows how to work within those parameters and still create a flawless finish.
An artist understands how to blend colors and textures to achieve a natural looking result.
A skilled freelance makeup artist will make you look more beautiful than you could have ever imaged both on the day and in your photos.
They will work with you to create the ideal wedding day look to make sure you look ‘the best version of yourself’.
It takes skill to be able to minimise flaws and bring out your best features without your makeup looking heavy.
Creating eye makeup that suits your eye shape and applying the right false lashes for your eye shape. As well as using professional photo friendly makeup brands and quality products.
Makeup not only has to look great in real life, it also has to photograph well.
Why Is Makeup So Important In Photos?
Many couples spend thousands on their photographer so ensuring the makeup look photographs well in different lights.
This is critical especially as some products can make your complexion appear white or shiny.
You’re making that investment so that your memories will be preserved beautifully in photos.
The type of makeup you are wearing and the way it is applied can affect the way you look in your photos.
Makeup For Everyday Wear Is Different Than Makeup For Photography.
Some products can make your complexion appear ghostly white or oily, or they can oxidize on the skin and appear too dark or orange.
If not applied specifically for photos and to withstand a long event.
Your makeup could break down, you could become shiny, or you could appear as if you’re not wearing makeup at all in your photos.
In ten years, no one will remember what your cake looked like, how it tasted, or what flowers were on each table.
What they will remember is how beautiful you looked, and the most important keepsake from your wedding will be your photos.
Professional Makeup Artists Are Worth It
Hiring a professional and experienced makeup artists, is like a form of insurance for your wedding and your photos.
Sit back and relax while they help to keep your wedding preparation running smoothly.
When I have been working at an event when some of the girls have decided they will do their own hair and makeup
Often there is a guest who does have some skill doing their own hair and makeup and they will volunteer ( or they are asked) to do hair and makeup on others who are not as confident.
I know that there is ALWAYS going to be drama when this happens!
When Things Do Not Go To Plan
Doing your own makeup is easier than doing someone else’s face.
When you do your own makeup you know your face and what works.
When you attempt to do someone else’s makeup – It is a whole new face to learn!
I am often begged to help and it puts an artist in an uncomfortable situation.
I see disasters unfolding in front of me as there is no cohesive look with the bridal party.
They have used different products and colour tones and it just does not look “put together”
There is always a brides maid who wants a glam makeup and one that wants an everyday makeup look.
As an artist when you are doing a bridal party you do know how to pull all the different faces together and stick to the bridal style
Ensuring all have the same overall theme but each face has been modified to suit each individual face and their comfort level in how they look.
Hair styling is always a learned skill and when girls are attempting to do their own hair, I am ALWAYS asked if they can borrow my tongs, my straightener and my styling products
We Are Also Time Managers On Your Day
The reason why a makeup artist charges what they are worth is because we have invested thousands of dollars in professional makeup products.
Makeup artists are skilled in time management.
We know how long it takes for each makeup application, for each hair style and we time the morning so that everyone is ready on time.
The morning is all planned in 15 minute blocks and we are working to a schedule.
It is up to us to run on time so that when your photographer shows up, we have got everyone ready for the photos to start.
There have been many brides who have done a lot of running around to hair salons or makeup counters on her wedding morning.
When a bride decides not to use a mobile makeup artist, the time will often get away from her and her bridal party.
This means she has less time to spend getting dressed and having fun with friends and family.
It is very easy to lose track of time when you’re trying to coordinate everything.
A Wedding Budget Is Important
I will always suggest for a bride to save money where possible.
And I agree that if you can save on hair and makeup then go for it.
However, I find it extraordinary that brides can spend big bucks having people on the guest list they hardly know.
Or spending money on wedding favors that are usually left on the table.
Buying designer wedding shoes, which are usually hidden under the dress.
When their hair and makeup is going to on show for the whole day and in every photo thereafter.
Your wedding day will come and go but some things will last beyond that so invest in those elements that last.
You want your guests to comment on how fantastic your hair looked and how your face just glowed.
Years later when you are looking at your photos you will still be happy with how you looked on your special day.
Do you want some more information about my hair and makeup services?
You can go to my booking page to see my pricing and what services I offer for brides and bridesmaids.