1. Leave it to the Professionals.
Hire an artist with bridal experience. Study their bridal portfolio and check their reviews. Professional hair and makeup isn’t cheap and on your wedding day you want someone who understands your expectations and has the capabilities to bring your vision to life. Experienced bridal vendors understand wedding day requirements and are trained to work under pressure. This is one of the most important days of your life, you want an artist who understands that and can perform accordingly.
2. When is too early? When is too late?
If you’ve had an eye out for someone, I recommend inquiring/solidifying your bridal wedding services up to one year prior to the date requesting, especially when booking a bridal makeup specialist. If you’re looking to book an artist within 3-6 months of your wedding day, you’re considered late to the party as most high volumed artist are booked months in advance. Depending on when the booking calendar year opens for that artist, try to solidify your date with them as soon as you can. Your wedding date could potentially be 10 other bride’s wedding date so never assume your date is available just because it may be months away. Pay the retainer fee and secure your glam team.
3. Find your fit.
Photo: Stanlo Photography
So you found your Mr. Right, unfortunately the search doesn’t stop there. You still have to say “I do” a few more times. I’m a firm believer that genuine connections even when it comes down to picking your wedding artist matters. Energy is always important on your wedding day; you want to be surrounded by positivity, amazing energy and someone who’s personality aligns with yours. Often times we become more than just your artist, we become your confidant; your voice of reason. You need someone who understands their role(s) and demonstrates them. Search for an artist that can bring your bridal vision to life.
4. Meet your artist.
Although not always required, Bridal consultations are a great way for you to meet your artist and discuss what you envision yourself to look like the day of your wedding. I always encourage brides to gather a few different make up look inspirations from Pinterest or other wedding/blog sites to bring during their consultation. This is the perfect opportunity to sample your possible day of look, add or subtract or simply “hit it right on the nail”. Always keep in mind that bridal make up should be timeless. Avoid following current makeup trends. If you’re bride that likes a little extra sparkle in her life, consult with your artist for suggestions on how to create the perfect balance. Consultations are also the opportunity to discuss any wedding day questions or concerns you may have regarding makeup services.
5. A little Skin TLC goes a long way
I always get the question, “What can I do to prepare my skin for my wedding day?”. Skin prep is always important. Understanding the type of skin you have, what it needs and what’s required to ensure that perfect wedding day glow, I always recommend seeking a consult with a licensed esthetician for any skin care tips or regimens prior to your wedding day. Remember great makeup starts with a good canvas.
Photo: Stanlo Photography
Tia Codrington is a Destination MUA and Bridal Makeup Specialist based in Miami, FL. Be sure to follow @mua_ttt_tia on Instagram (you have to watch her stories) and check out The Makeup Experience Every Bride Needs by Tia Codrington to see more of her gorgeous work. Contact Tia here for inquiries.