If a bride decides to forgo having a professional makeup artist, it’s usually because:
- They never wear much makeup.
- They don’t want to spend the money.
- They’ve watched a few YouTube tutorials and feel confident in their own abilities.
We’re not saying these aren’t valid reasons, but let us put it this way: would you get on a plane with a pilot who sort-of knows how to fly? Or would you rather splash a bit more cash and be guaranteed a safe landing?
In an effort to help brides understand why having a professional makeup artist on their wedding day is so worthwhile, we chatted to hair and makeup guru Georgina McBride.
Time: A full professional makeup application takes around an hour, give or take. This is precious time that could be used to do important bridal party stuff like drink champagne and reminisce about all the silly days as single folk.
Product knowledge: Unlike going and getting advice from a beauty counter, wedding makeup artists aren’t trying to sell you something. They know everything about the 100’s and 1000’s of products available on the market and will be able to recommend the right ones for your skin type and the look you want to achieve.
Artistic eye: You can learn skills on YouTube or other media platforms, but something that a makeup artist develops over time doing by so many different faces is reading what works and what doesn’t work. Knowing how a little bit of eye shadow can lift an eye; how a little bit of blush here and there can lift a face – all of that kind of stuff you can only learn with practice over time.
Makeup trials. Having a pre-wedding makeup trial is highly recommended (in fact most professional makeup artists insist on it) and is the key to looking your best come W-Day. It’s an opportunity for the makeup artist to get to know you and your style, assess your skin needs and select products accordingly. They will provide skincare advice and make sure you’re 100% happy with your makeup look.
Touch-ups: A makeup artist will let you know of any products you may need for touch-ups (for example, if you have oily skin or want to maintain a perfect bold lip). You can also pay your makeup artist by the hour to hang around post-ceremony and do touch-ups for you.
False lash application: A great invention but tricky to apply. And they’re not suitable for every face. A professional makeup artist can guide you through some different options if suitable (there are many) and save you the grief of trying to apply them yourself.
Photo credits: Biance Virtue.
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