How to hire a makeup artist for your wedding

In a former life, I was a makeup artist.  Mostly bridal, some tv, and Holt Renfrew makeup counters.  Bridal was my favourite, because it was over in one day!  Two, if you count the trial run.  I joke!  Only a little 😉

Really, bridal was the best because I got to work with some amazing and beautiful brides.  I loved the fast pace and the pressure to be ready on time.  Mostly, I loved turning brides into even more glowing versions of themselves while still looking like themselves.

If you’re looking for a makeup artist for your wedding, let me give you some tips to help you out.

How much will this cost?

Book a trial run a few months prior to your wedding day.  This will cost you roughly $60.  Timing it with your hair trial or bridal shower is a nice idea.  Don’t let that pretty hair and makeup go to waste!

The day of the wedding will cost about $100 per person.  Extras such as eyelashes and airbrushing are on top of that price.  If you have the extra cash and want to splurge, I highly recommend airbrushed makeup.  Your skin will look flawless ALL day long.  I used to do airbrushing and was so in demand, that’s pretty much all I did for brides.  Besides lasting all day, it hides every imperfection and feels so amazing being applied to your skin.  Like a soft, cool breeze.


Not only can the bride get her makeup done, so can the whole bridal party.  When I did weddings, I offered a discount for groups of 3, 4, 5 etc.  The more people you gave me, the better the discount per face.  Don’t forget the mother and mother- in- law either.  Make sure your makeup artist has experience with mature skin.

Budget roughly 30-40 minutes per person.  People are always delayed, the makeup artist is competing with the hair stylist for time, and they need to clean the makeup brushes and get re-set up in between clients.  The bride is always the last to get her makeup done so she will be the freshest.

Where do I look for a makeup artist?

Word of mouth is the most reliable.  I work on recommendations.  You probably do too.  Ask your friends, family, colleagues and social media.  Talk to anyone you know who was recently married.  Even gals who were married a few years ago or more.  If they had a great experience, they probably still remember who they used.  Brides used to contact me and refer to a bride I had done years before.  That’s nice word of mouth!

Check bridal websites for links to personal sites.  Look at portfolios.  Will the artist travel to you?  Trust me, you don’t want to be driving around getting your hair and makeup done.  Stay in one place and have everyone come to you.

My biggest piece of advice is to find someone with a similar style to yours.  I attracted a lot of brides who either never wore makeup or didn’t wear much.  They liked my natural style and soft hand.  Find someone who understands your vision.  You don’t want to be disappointed on your wedding day when you have thick eyeliner and a red lip you didn’t ask for.  But you would have found that our in your trial run, wouldn’t you? 😉  Don’t be cheap. Do the trial!  You can thank me later.

Why should you hire a makeup artist?

You’re spending thousands on a photographer.  Enough said.

But to go further, yes, the photographs are expensive, and you want to look your absolute best.  Wearing some makeup will just make your features pop a little more for the camera.  Your eyes and skin will glow even more than they already do.

Having a professional do your makeup is one less thing you have to be responsible for on your wedding day.  Let the buzz happen around you and sit for 40 minutes while a lovely makeup artist makes you look beautiful.

Lastly, hire a makeup artist because they know how to make your look last all day.  You will only need to touch up your lips.  The foundation and eye makeup will set and stay all day and into the night.  Makeup artists know which products to use, and how to use them effectively.

I hope you found these tips useful!  Remember, you get what you pay for.  So, choose wisely.

Who’s getting married soon?  Tell me how your search for a makeup artist has been going.


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