Bridesmaid Makeup: Worth the Expense?

 

It’s your wedding day and you look PERFECT-you’ve spent the time and money on the best professionals there are. Your confidence is at an all time high and you’re ready to stand in front of everyone with your best friends at your side and marry the love of your life! Nothing can stand in your way until a bridesmaid peeks her head around the corner and then another and then two more. While they greet you with sweet smiles, compliments, and tears, all you see is 4 clashing beauties in handpicked dresses that took hours to decide on. Two have winged liner, one has black mascara already running down her cheeks like Kiss and the wild one from college is wearing (non-agreed upon) vibrant red lips! Most brides would be wondering what to say and how to fix this situation before anyone goes anywhere. Unfortunately, you probably can’t do anything about it for two very big reasons: the chance of offending your friends who are about to celebrate your marriage or the lack of time before the wedding festivities start.

Photo by Rosie Nary Photography

Photo by Rosie Nary Photography

Okay, perhaps this is a little dramatic, but I have been to a number of weddings where I was either asked to do last minute makeup or had to calm a frustrated bride with her bridal party. Trust me when I say, IT IS NOT WORTH IT! While this may not be every bride’s experience, it is a guaranteed non-issue if you hire a professional. It’s true, a lot of brides are pretty carefree when it comes to the appearance of the bridal party, but I am asking you to re-assess before it’s too late. A professional will learn the style of your wedding and provide bridal party makeup that will enhance the visual appeal of the group-putting any bride at ease. 

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that bridesmaids are there to compliment you at the podium. Not to mention, they usually spend a lot of time and money to get there! Check out the latest bridal magazines, websites and blogs-you will not see mismatching bridal party makeup because the “flow” is there. Professionals know how to make everyone look their best without taking away from the bride. If you can swing it, pamper your wedding party with the gift of getting their makeup professionally done. If you can almost swing it, offer to pay for half of their services. If you can’t afford it all, let them know how great your artist is, how much they would enjoy the experience and have an enthusiastic discussion to find out if it’s for your gals. 

When it comes to makeup or hair, I always say makeup trumps hair. Hair is much more forgiving in photos and can easily be touched up if it needs some help. Plus 9 times out of 10 you are bound to have a bridesmaid knowledgeable enough to curl and potentially style hair.

All of this doesn’t go without saying some women are fantastic at applying their own makeup however, they typically have a comfort zone and tend to stick to it. It’s almost a guarantee when there will be lots of people around and lots of photos taken. While some women are good at applying their own makeup, they may not have the skills to apply for an all day event or own the proper product that is camera friendly. A professional uses makeup that enhances one’s beauty, creates a beautiful flow amongst the wedding party and most importantly, compliments the bride.

Professional makeup artists can be many things, but as a cautious bride you should look for an artist who is confident in her work and has great reviews. Remember: passion for her artistry business will not fail you. Choose someone who puts your needs as a bride first and who, without a question, will take care of your loved ones. After all, your bridal party will be standing by your side on your big day and for years to come throughout the triumphs and trials of marriage.

CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY PLANNING!

Wedding Day Makeup: Worth the Expense?

WHY HELLO there! First of all, I am so excited get my blog up and a running. As an active makeup artist in the Idaho Treasure Valley, I have many, many thoughts running through this head of mine and I simply must relay them in some fashion to you brides out there! Lately the big question has been WHY spend money on a makeup artist for your wedding? My answer is WHY NOT spend that little extra to look and feel your very best on your wedding day! Sadly bridal magazines, websites and blogs don't really incorporate makeup artistry into their bridal budgeting checklist and it becomes an oversight. Don't wait until it's too late to book your makeup artist! Who else is in charge of making you, the BRIDE, look perfect on the big day?

Photo by Bon Vivant Studios

Photo by Bon Vivant Studios

Photo by Brie Thomason Photography

Photo by Brie Thomason Photography

So I ask, in the scheme of all the money that goes into your wedding, is professional makeup really that expensive? This is the service that will solidify looking flawless on the big day and in photos for years to come. Similar to the time and thought you’ve put into your wedding dress, you should put the same energy into considering your makeup artist. Take a look at their portfolio, credentials, and reviews and ask yourself if this is someone you can trust to get the job done. I typically recommend a quick consultation at a coffee shop or an email conversation to get to know the artist before you commit to their services. Although professional makeup artistry is my career, I am not here to sell my services so much as to properly educate brides on the importance of this service for your wedding day. This is a day you have waited your entire life for and you are the center of attention. Yes you can have a stellar dress, veil and jewelry, but nothing and I MEAN NOTHING will be as memorable to your guests or your future husband as looking into your flawlessly joy filled face.

When a bride tells me she has a friend or family member who can do her bridal makeup on the big day, I honestly cringe a little. Not to say they aren’t good, but anyone can buy some brushes, hit up Sephora and call themselves “good at makeup.” It is out of true concern for the bride that I suggest against having anyone besides a professional makeup artist for the wedding day. In my experience, a friend or family member will do an amped up version of their everyday makeup with their everyday makeup. It makes sense, they do it everyday on their own face so what’s so hard about applying it to another’s face, right? WRONG!  A key rule as an artist is to learn what techniques and colors will enhance the bride’s individual features while incorporating their personal style. For example, winged eyeliner and nude lips aren’t for everyone, but if that is all that is available for the bride to wear on her wedding day, she may be stuck with it. Unfortunately, it is very hard telling a friend or family member you don’t care for your makeup application versus a trained professional whom you’ve only met a few times that will handle the situation with care. Hopefully you'll have a great first experience with the professional and will feel completely confident moving towards your wedding day with them at your service.

Let’s talk about product. As a professional artist, I have invested THOUSANDS of dollars into a professional kit of prestigious brands I am confident working with. I trust these products to be long lasting and photogenic for my bride on the day of her wedding. Not to say great brands aren’t available to the public, but there are some brands that are reserved just for professionals. The proper use and care of these products is just as important as the ingredients that make them superior to other brands. Professionals typically replace makeup on a regular basis since most brands release new formulas and much like food, reach an expiration date. There is also a never ending cycle of sanitary measures a makeup artist must take for quality assurance. The makeup, brushes, sponges and surfaces all must be sanitized and cleaned properly between every client in order to meet health standards.

So, is a professional makeup artist worth it? I hope after reading this article you agree that yes, it is worth every dime. No one has a higher responsibility of making you look your best on your wedding day besides your makeup artist. When you are questioning the price, I hope you consider all of the factors that go into the career of being a makeup artist such as unpaid hours communicating, furthering education and cleaning or replacing product on a very regular basis. A bride must ask herself if the extra couple hundred dollars is worth saving the stress of the unknown and perhaps saving a friendship if the application goes south. I wish you a wedding filled with joy and the confidence to move forward with the love of your life!