How you look on your wedding day is so important, but what’s crucial is how you feel – there’s so much more to finding your wedding make up artist and wedding hair stylist than just who looks like they can wave an eyeshadow brush. Here is Rowan’s guide to finding the perfect bridal hair and makeup artist!
Zoe from Knot Your Average Bride said, “You should feel confident in knowing that the person you have chosen is completely qualified, which means no matter the skin tone or hair type, they should be able to cater to your needs.” Jules Daniels stressed the importance of a wedding makeup artist having a well stocked kit, as she explains: “I ensure I carry makeup and skincare for ALL of my clients, whether it be you have dry, dehydrated, normal or oily skin, and foundation shades from the lightest porcelain to the deepest chestnut tone.” To check this, Rebel Rock recommend asking the supplier for a good range of pictures of their past work, to ensure you’re confident in their ability and experience.
So, where should you look for a good HMUA?
Amy George Make-Up Artist suggests social media is a great place to start. “As it’s so visual, you can really get a feel for the make-up artist’s style by scrolling through their feed,” she explains. Zoe suggests following certain hashtags to find the supplier who’ll nail the perfect style for you: “Did you know you can search and follow certain hashtags such as #coolweddinghair for a more refined search, too?”
Amy also recommends wedding fairs as a way of meeting potential suppliers: “Not the naff ones, but the cool ones like The Un-Wedding are also the perfect way to find one as you can meet the artist there and then. Your other wedding suppliers will often usually have suggestions too, and your fave wedding blog will always have a recommended suppliers list.”
And speaking of recommendations – don’t forget the old-fashioned way of finding suppliers! Ask around for recommendations, whether that’s asking friends, family or colleagues in real life for their good experiences, or asking your hivemind on Facebook. “There are so many options to choose from that it can be confusing, so for me nothing comes better than firsthand recommendations.” Nicola Honey explains.
Just make sure you’re discerning with the replies, as Lucy St John warns: “Recommendations are always a good first step, but make sure you have full respect for the person who is doing the recommending!”
What should you be looking for in your wedding hair and make up artist?
Laura Anne says the important thing when looking for your bridal beauty artist is “choosing someone who creates images of hair/makeup that you aspire to have yourself, together with keeping in mind locations and budgets too.” As Zoe also explains, you want to be inspired by the work they’re putting out: most wedding hair and make-up artists will be able to execute a number of styles flawlessly, but they will always have their preferred styles and you should choose someone who slays the style you want for the day. But once you’ve found someone who you’re confident is technically incredible and style-wise on point with the vibe you’re going for, it’s also important to see whether you get on with them as a person or not. They’re going to be with you on one of the most important days of your life.
This is also a good indication of their level of professionalism, Lucy St John points out – they can be professional and good fun! “I still like to make phone calls to ensure that a top H&MUA has good social skills, and I test how quickly they respond via email! There’s no point having a talented stylist if they’re unreliable and can’t interact with people.” Amy George also highlights (geddit?!) that part of this is making sure you look for a make-up artist who is calm, organised, and has a very clean kit too.