How to choose a Hair and Makeup Artist for your Wedding

NOW UPDATED FOR 2021! So you have decided you’d like to book a Hair and Makeup Artist for your Wedding. If you are still on the fence, check out why you should book a hair and makeup artist ) But how to choose a hair and makeup artist?! There are so many profiles and websites and directories! Where do you start?!

How to choose a hair and makeup artist | How to you want to look and feel?

I imagine that you probably have a good idea of how you hope to look and feel on your wedding day. My best tip for how to choose a hair and makeup artist for your wedding is look for a portfolio which is full of women who look like you want to. By this, I mean that if you’re looking for a highly contoured Kardashian style look, someone who specialises in naturally glamorous bridal hair and makeup (like me!) might not create the look in the way that you expect. Similarly, my favourite hairstyle is a sleek Hollywood wave, my colleagues who specialise in undone boho updos won’t necessarily create this technical style in the same way.

When you find a bridal hair and makeup artist whose work you’re constantly liking on social media, they are the one to book! Making the right choice means that you will feel confident and reassured that you are in safe hands on the run up to your wedding. This is how we want you to feel when you look in the mirror!

Maxine Wilson How to choose a bridal hair and makeup artist for your wedding

How to choose a hair and makeup artist | Budget

Once you have found someone whose work you love, there are a few, more practical, considerations to help with how to choose a hair and makeup artist. Firstly, budget! Everyone assigns their own wedding budget in their own way, and that is ok! But what if the hair and makeup artist you love is outside your budget? Personally, I think it’s worth considering whether you can juggle things around. Your hair and makeup will be a huge part of the day. You will be in every photo and every frame of your video! Budget is a huge part of your wedding planning – and rightly so.

But, don’t rule out a hair and makeup artist just because you think that they will be outside your budget. There are things we can do to try and work within your budget.  I really do believe that you get what you pay for. To find out why read my blog why are good hair and makeup artists are so expensive?

Maxine Wilson How to choose a bridal hair and makeup artist for your wedding

How to choose a hair and makeup artist | Geography

Secondly, geography. Not every bridal hair and makeup artist is willing or indeed able to travel regionally, nationally or internationally. Whilst I personally love to travel, this can come at an additional cost to the client. Normally this is where I need to stay close to their venue to accommodate an early start. I don’t mind an early start at all(I have two children so I am used to it!). However, sometimes it is simply impractical not to stay locally. This is always discussed with the client at the booking stage so that there are no unexpected costs. For some clients, however, it is understandably a deal breaker. A blog on how to choose a hair and makeup artist has to mention it. If you are adamant that you need that artist, but they just cannot get there, here are my three top reasons to book a makeup lesson.

Maxine Wilson How to choose a bridal hair and makeup artist for your wedding

How to choose a hair and makeup artist |Personality

A huge consideration for how to choose a hair and makeup artist. They will need to work in your personal space. You need to be comfortable with them! Do their more personal social media posts call out to you? Is there anything which makes you feel uncomfortable? Many clients tell me that they love that I’m not a super glam bridal hair and makeup artist – I’m often makeup free with my hair in a mum bun! This means that they don’t find me intimidating! I take this as a great compliment!

How to choose a hair and makeup artist | Availability

Finally, availability of your chosen hair and makeup artist. I am regularly booked 12 months in advance and increasingly up to 24 months ahead of client’s wedding days. This is especially true right now when so many 2020 weddings have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its so sad when I have to turn work away weeks in advance of a lovely bride’s big day. I only take on a limited number of weddings each month, though I always try and squeeze brides in need into my diary. If you find someone you love, get them booked in ASAP. The same goes for all wedding suppliers. The popular and good ones get booked up!

Maxine Wilson How to choose a bridal hair and makeup artist for your wedding

How to choose a hair and makeup artist | A final word…

Trust your gut – if something doesn’t feel right (price, the looks they showcase, anything) don’t book the artist. I have lost track of the number of brides who contact me each year at short notice having had a trial with someone else and having been disappointed. Most bridal hair and makeup artists will be happy to have a chat with you by phone or FaceTime to get to know you and learn about the wedding you’re having and put your mind at rest. If you’d like to make a bridal enquiry, please contact me.