Top Ten Tips for Hiring a Tip Top Bridal Makeup Artist

In continuation with my guest blog series, NYC Bridal Makeup Artist Nicole Lundy shares her top ten tips for hiring a tip top bridal makeup artist.

Top Ten Tips for Hiring a Tip Top Bridal Makeup Artist

by Nicole Lundy

Your Wedding Day is all about you…The Bride!

It’s your day to be radiant and glowing with love for the new chapter in your life. Women include their wedding day as one of the most important events in their lifetime and rightfully so! It is a coming of age into woman-hood.

So, now it’s time to plan.  Where do you start?  You need this vendor and that vendor and the list grows and grows.

What about your makeup?  You think to yourself, “I want to be glowing and flawless!”  So, who do you hire for this important task?  Where do you find this great makeup artist?  How do you know if this makeup artist is perfect for you?

beutiful Indian bride on her wedding dayNo need to worry.  Use these tips and you will be sure to find the perfect makeup Artist for your big day.

1.  Get Recommendations
Get recommendations from your other wedding vendors as they may have worked with great Bridal Makeup Artists in other weddings.  Photographers, Wedding Planners and Hairstylists are the top 3 vendors that would know great artists.

2.  Use Local Resources
Local resources, such as, bridal magazines, bridal websites and bridal expos are very valuable for finding quality bridal vendors such as a Bridal Makeup Artists.

3.  Ask he/she on how they got started as a Makeup Artist
Makeup artists start in a variety of industries and gain specific skills.  If your makeup artist worked in fashion, then he/she will have a great grasp on how colors work together and will choose colors that blend well with your complexion and also complement each other.  If your makeup artist worked at a makeup counter, then he/she will have extensive hands-on experience working with a myriad of skin types, face shapes, and complexions.  If your makeup artist worked in film, he/she will have an understanding of lighting and chances are your makeup will photograph well.

4.  Ask he/she on what education/training they received for Makeup Artistry
This is very important to find out.  Makeup Artists do not have to be licensed to set up shop, so essentially anybody can call themselves a makeup artist.  Ask probing questions such as, Are you a certified artist? How long have you been providing makeup services for brides? How many brides do you service per year? What other makeup services do you provide?

5.  Book Makeup Artist at least 3 Months before Wedding and Book a Trial
Give yourself time to find the perfect Makeup Artist for you. Browse through websites, social networks and the web to create your top lists of artist to contact.

6.  Show Pictures of Looks that you love at your Bridal Trial
Tear pictures from magazines or print pictures from the web of makeup looks that you love.  Collect them to show your makeup artist at your Bridal Trial.  Your makeup artist should go through each look with you and give his/her recommendations.   The trial should end with you ‘loving’ your new look.  Make sure that your makeup artist has face charts and notes to re-create your look on your wedding day.

7.  Do you like him/her?
Your makeup artist will be playing an important role in one of your most important days.  They will probably be in your room when you are getting ready and will be one of the first people to see you in your dress.  Make sure that you enjoy being in their presence.

8.  Don’t skimp on quality
Professional Makeup Artists use the best quality brands.  The main reason being is that it lasts the entire day.  If you choose to hire a makeup artist then make sure hire one with quality skills and quality products.  It is worth the investment.

9.  Sign a Contract
It is highly recommended for you to sign a contract with your Makeup Artist that you are hiring and have everything in writing such as, price, date, # of people being serviced, location.  Signing a contract may also mean paying a deposit to secure the date and time which of course, is very important.

10.  Get the Timing Right
Schedule your Wedding Day appointment for about 3 hours before the event so that you are not rushed.  You should give your makeup time to be perfected and a chance to settle.

About Nicole

Nicole Lundy is the Senior Makeup Artist at NeLani Skincare & Cosmetics in the NYC Tri-state who is passionate about helping women ‘unleash’ their flawless beauty.  NeLani Skincare & Cosmetics is a Makeup Artistry company, servicing, Celebrities, Fashion Shows, Weddings, Film, Print, Television and many other types of occasions.  Find out more at