Another common question I get asked by clients – ‘Who are your favourite Make Up Artists in Northern Ireland?’ Not an easy one to answer. There are so many great Make Up Artists out there now so this is a toughie.
Some brides might already have their own trusted Make Up Artist and if you are confident of their bridal work then happy days 🙂 Remember not every Make Up Artist specialises in bridal work so ensure that you check examples of their work before confirming your booking. If you don’t have your own MUA then this guide will offer assistance in making your selection. I’ll provide some general tips and some suggested questions to ask when you are doing your research.
What’s their experience?
A useful place to start would be to ask your MUA what training they have received and what experience they have in bridal work? Someone who has only completed a short course one week course without having worked on a number of weddings might not be the best option for you. Weddings are totally different to working in their own salon on daytime / evening make-up. There are so many factors that you need to take into consideration and you want a Make Up Artist with adequate experience in this field on your wedding day. They need to be able to work under pressure and be prepared for a number of different eventualities.
Ask to see their portfolio and examples of wedding make-ups that they have carried out before. A reputable Make Up Artist will be able to provide examples for you. They don’t have to be professional images – camera phone images are fine and give you an idea of what to expect.
Professional Make Up Artists in Northern Ireland will also keep their skills updated and should be able to offer advice on key trends for the seasons ahead. You might also also want to discuss your skin type and colour – this is important to establish if they are able to meet your specific needs. Again ask for examples of their work if you have any concerns.
When should I book in?
Some Professional Make Up Artists in Northern Ireland are booked up exceptional quickly, particularly if you wedding is on a Friday or Saturday during the summer months. Normally around 12 months ahead of your date is sufficient but if it’s a busy time of year, get in early to ensure that you are not disappointed.
Trial & Error
I would strongly recommend that you book in for a trial before confirming your booking. I know of a couple of brides who had to try 3 or 4 different Make Up Artists to ensure that they selected the right one. Remember your wedding day make-up will be completed (normally) around 10am – 11am and you still want to be looking amazeballs come evening time. There will be a whole lot of sweating going on during the day (walking up the aisle, saying your vows, travelling, walking around for photos etc) so need to ensure that you make-up lasts and suits your skin.
It’s a great idea to get your make-up trial done early some day when you have a lot on and intend going out later that night. That way you get to see how it lasts and stands the test of full day usage.
Tips & Advice
A lot of my brides tell me that one of the reasons they choose me as their photographer is because I’m a girl. I know that might sound silly but I get it. I have an eye for detail and can help work with your Make Up Artist to ensure that you make-up looks perfect before you head off for your wedding ceremony. Often I take an image and show it to the Make Up Artist to give them an idea of how the finished look comes across in both natural light and with flash. I’m also there through out the day, helping you into your dress, checking for lipstick on teeth, stray hairs and touching up oily skin patches with my trusty blotting paper (yes it’s a thing!)
Image credit: Clarins UK
Top tips ….
- Ask your MUA for a schedule – it’s vital that they are prepared and have worked out how long all the make up looks will take. They should also leave time for contingencies as. The last thing you want is to be stressing about timings. Every MUA is different, so definitely have this conversation to ensure that you are ready in time for your photographs before the ceremony and to leave on time. Also ask them what time they will be leaving – do they stay for last minute touch ups before you go?
- Will they have an assistant with them – this is particularly important for larger bridal parties or where additional family members are getting their make-ups done as well.
- Ask if they will be supplying their own products or if you need to purchase any for the day of the wedding – it’s good to be prepared
- Most Make Up Artists in Northern Ireland will travel to your home and it’s a great advance for everyone if they can. It means they are still there is anyone needs a touch up and if you aren’t totally happy with something it can be tweaked. If you are asking them to come to your home, check if travel costs are included in the price or extra.
- Don’t leave the bride’s make-up to last! If anything, I would say to get the bride’s make-up completed early so that she can relax and feel more comfortable when I’m taking candid shots at the house. It also means that you aren’t feeling rushed at the end. It’s your day so you should be calm, pampered and look amazing in all your images
- It’s ok to ask the MUA what their back-up plan is should they be unable to attend due to illness or emergency. Most Professional Make Up Artists in Northern Ireland will have a range of reputable contacts they can rely on support but it does not harm to ask the question to give you peace of mind.
- Fake Tan!! Please have a conversation with your MUA beforehand about this topic. I know it’s a mind field. We all want that natural glow but it’s so hard to achieve unless you are properly prepared. I’m no expert but I’ve a few words of advice – exfoliate skin regularly in the run up to your wedding, invest in some proper advice from your beautician about skin prep, discuss what colour you are hoping to achieve with both your beautician and MUA and finally, please NO ORANGE HANDS! I recently watched a fantastic video from Brendan @ BPerfect Cosmetics about applying tan to your hands. Apply moisturiser first and then apply the tan with an old foundation brush. Keeps the inside of your hands tan free and gets into all the creases without applying too much product to your skin. I tried it last weekend and it worked a treat. Best hand coverage ever 🙂
Now, for some of my favourites out there. It’s been so hard to select these guys so please don’t be offended if you aren’t listed below (I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone!).
Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment in my blog post series, How to Plan Your Wedding in 2018. Come back an visit again next week for more tips and advice.
Love & light, Catriona x