How to tell if your makeup artist is professional

Photography by Jenny Ostenson Photography

As a bride to be I totally understand that you are looking at a ton of wedding vendors and your eyeballs are swimming in details.  I understand that there are a ton of different factors involved to planning your wedding.  You have to think about your budget, whether you like the vendor you are working with and if they are the right fit.  But how do you tell a legit bridal makeup artist from a someone who is just good at doing makeup?  How do you insure that your makeup artist will show up and be ready to go?  This blog post is going to talk about what you need to ask and look for when it comes to hiring your bridal makeup artist.

Photography by Chris Klass Photography

Portfolio and reviews

The first thing that you will obviously do is a google search on makeup artists near you.  Look at the artists portfolio make sure you like what you are seeing.  Make sure that the images match your vision of what you want to look like on your wedding day.  If you are a bride who is wanting a natural look and find an artist with a lot of glam looks chances are you might not be a good fit.  Same goes if you are a bride who wants ultra glam looks and look at an artist with more natural looks.  We are not all made the same and it is totally okay to be picky about who you choose.  

Next look at reviews if the reviews are good and detailed chances are you are going to be working with an artist who will treat you well.  When you are looking at reviews pay attention to what brides are saying if there are quite a few brides who talk about tardiness make sure you bring it up as a concern to your artist.  It is okay to talk to your artist about any concerns ahead of time before booking your artist.

Photography by Samantha McCleary Photography

Licensing and Insurance

After you have found your vendor make sure that they are a licensed business in Washington State.  There are a few things a makeup artist and hair stylist needs in order to perform services onsite for bridal services.  First they need a business license.  For a makeup artist to apply skin products to properly prep the skin for makeup application they need either an cosmetology license or an esthetic license.  If your makeup artist doesn’t have an esthetics or cosmetology license then make sure they aren’t applying skin care to you or your attendants skin.  Next in order to apply makeup and skincare onsite your artist needs a personal service license so they can go offsite.  

In the state of Washington you can not have a business license without insurance.  So make sure that your artist is properly insured.  Some venues even require your vendors to be insured and to add the venue temporarily to their insurance.  Insurance is very important.  

You can look up any business on the Department of Licensing to make sure you are working with a properly licensed business.  You also should be able to ask for a picture of your artists business license too.  If you do decide to look up your and your vendor has a trade name make sure you ask what it is.

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Safety and Sanitation

Makeup and hair stylists are a lot different than other vendors because we are dealing with the human body.  You want to make sure your artists use proper safety and sanitation on you and your bridesmaids.  Every artist is different and I can only tell you how I keep my clients safe and how my business works.  

Consent form: I have every one of my clients sign a consent form with known allergies so that way I can make sure my clients are safe.

Skin analysis: I ask you your skin type and look over your skin to make sure you don’t have any contagious symptoms such as pink eye or a cold sore.

Brushes: I have enough brushes to do 8 clients that means that on your wedding day you and your attendants will each have a clean set of brushes.  After I am done with a client I spot clean the brushes, put them in a bag for dirty brushes, wash them and then spray them with a 70% alcohol.

Palette: I scrape out my shadow palettes onto a disposable paper palette.  The reason why I do this is because eyes can water and if liquid gets onto a powder palette than bacteria can live in that palette.  For blushes and bronzers I wipe the palette with a tissue and then spray it with 70% alcohol and let it air dry.

Cream products: I scoop out my cream products onto a disposable paper palette and then use disposable applicators for lips and mascara.

Safety and sanitation is probably the most important question that you should ask your artist.  You want to make sure that your artist is using proper sanitation to keep you and your attendants safe.  

Photography by Rachel Walker Photography

I hope what you take away from this post is that it is totally okay to ask questions and to look and make sure the vendors you are working with are all legitimate before booking.  It is okay to make sure that you are choosing a makeup artist that will keep you safe.  It is okay to ask for proof of business licenses and insurance and make sure that they have a history in the wedding industry.  It is okay to look at reviews and have concerns and ask about those.  Your wedding vendor shouldn’t write those concerns off and should be up front with how they run their business.


5 Reasons to hire a makeup artist obsessed with the wedding industry

Photography by Autumn L. Rudolph Photography

So I am just going to say it, I am obsessed with the wedding industry as a whole.  I love wedding’s and details.  I am a slightly type A personality so for me weddings are an ideal situation. I get to create timelines, work in a structured environment and usually things run very smoothly.  I love getting to be apart of something big and wonderful.  There is definitely a difference between an artist who just wants to do weddings to make money and an artist who loves the industry.  So here is the top 5 reasons why you should hire an artist who is obsessed with weddings.


Photography by Gina Paulson Photography

1) My Pinterest board will look a lot like your own!

I am not going to lie to you when I tell you that my Pinterest boards look like I am planning a wedding that looks like your boho adventure dreams.  I pin everything from dresses to the newest cake trends.  I am on top of what the latest things you need for your wedding.  You would think that I would just care about your makeup but I do not.  I love looking at gorgeous wedding pictures like the next bride.  

2) You are not just a dollar sign to me you are a person!

So this one is kind of a big deal.  As your makeup artist I do not view you as just a number or a dollar sign.  I want to know everything about your love story.  I want to know what the details of your wedding are and if you have any cute personal touches.  I want to be apart of your engagement pictures, trial run and wedding day.  I want you to know that your wedding day will be in the best hands.  If you need to call me because you are freaking out over the timeline do it.  I am there to help you.


Photography by Victoria Greener Photography

3) I like to make my vendors happy!

Yes your wedding is all about you but a lot of times I work with the same vendors and to be honest I like to make sure I make them happy.  I want them to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they are working with me and that your wedding day will run smoothly.  I want to be on their referral list and how I get on those lists are from word of mouth from bride’s if a bride is happy with her vendor’s than she will let them know.  I will do what it takes to make sure that all the people I work with are happy happy happy.

4) I love the energy of a wedding day!

When I am working a wedding, I have a hard time sleeping the night before because I want to make sure I am not late.  I wake up feeling excited and nervous and all the things because even if I have done over 100 weddings, yours is the first one I do with you.  I get ready and am understated but professional because I know you will be getting pictures and I want to look good in them for you, I get to your wedding usually a few minutes earlier than I have even told you and get right down to business.  I love having you surrounded by your loved ones and the relaxed yet nervous energy that is in the room.  I love when you sit in my chair and close your eyes and breathe for the first time all morning because you can do nothing but sit and close your eyes.  There is nothing better for me than watching your face light up when you see yourself for the first time on your wedding day.


Photography by Sarah Carlson Photography

5) I really do want to make you happy!

What I know and love the most about my industry is this your wedding day is the best day of your life right now.  Your wedding day is when you are starting a new chapter with your partner.  I understand completely how long you have been working out the details, the money you have saved and the planning you have done.  I am your wedding vendor first before I am your makeup artist.  I am not just there to do your makeup I am there to make the process and planning your morning easier.  I am there to make sure you make it to your wedding venue on time ready to go.  I take your wedding day very seriously with the knowledge that this is not something that can be done again there is no do over.  You have to get it right the first time.  I do not have an ego and think that your wedding day is about my craft.  The end result is to make sure you leave my chair feeling calmer knowing that your morning started off just the way you needed it.


Photography by Fyrelite Photography

This is an honest blog post about why you should hire a makeup artist who truly loves the wedding industry and not just someone who is good at makeup.  Makeup artistry is fun and exciting and there are a lot of amazing artists in the industry but not all of them specialize in bridal or even love bridal.  Your wedding day should be spent with someone who doesn’t mind waking up early, who really does want to talk to you about your dress or your great aunt’s second cousin who decided to sit at another table without asking you.  You want someone who can help you trouble shoot your wedding day, if you accidentally forget linens and don’t know where to find them on short notice instead of saying not my monkey not my circus.  You want someone who doesn’t mind driving you to your venue if it is close and you are on the way because your ride couldn’t get to you in time because we finished early and they do this not because they want the good review or recognition but because it is your wedding day and you deserve to have one day where you aren’t stressed about something so small.  This is why I do bridal makeup and love it.



When is it time to add an additional artist?

Photography by Julianna J. Photography

So this season I have been getting a number of large bridal parties and they want to hire additional artists at the last minute, so today I have decided to write a post about all the ins and outs of hire additional artists for your wedding day.  There is a lot that goes into hiring additional artists to work a wedding so here it goes.  In this blog post we are going to go over when you should hire an additional artist, how you should hire an additional artist and a couple other key things that goes into having multiple artists work your wedding day.

Photography by Autumn L. Rudolph Photography

When do you need to know the final number of people getting beauty services?

Most artists have a minimum number of services to book your wedding.  My minimum is the bride plus 2 attendants (unless you are getting eloped or having a small wedding), I need that confirmed number confirmed at the time of booking your services with me.  You need to have your final numbers at least a month before your wedding.  When booking your makeup artist you need to ask them what number they can comfortably do for a wedding, this question will help you determine if a second artist is needed.  I can comfortably do 6 people.  If I get an inquiry with more than 6, I automatically include a second artist in your quote and get my second artist hired immediately. 


Sometimes though I have a bride who wants to book me, meets my minimum but still might have attendants that are on the fence about getting services.  This is a situation where I have not looked into getting a second artist because I don’t have a final head count.  In this situation I strongly encourage you to have a final number at least a month before your wedding, ideally the sooner the better.  The artists I hire have their own businesses and book with weddings too, so the sooner I can secure them the better.


Who hires the additional artist?

Your makeup artist should be the one hiring any additional artists for your wedding.  There are a few reasons why.  The first reason is as your makeup artist I have very high standards with who I work with.  I work with only individuals who are licensed in Washington State, as a makeup artist skin prep is important so I work with licensed Estheticians and Cosmetologists.  I work with individuals who have a clean kit with pro products.  There is a difference in consumer products and pro products, I need someone who has pro products so I know when they are doing your bridesmaids makeup their makeup will hold up.  The second reason why I like to choose who I work with is that I need someone who has a similar style as me.  I am a makeup artist who prefers to enhance your features so I need an artist who does the same.  The third reason is timing if I work with someone who I don’t know and have never worked with and I give them 45 minutes but they really take an hour than that will not work on the day of your wedding and will make us run behind.  


Photography by Bella Bella Momenti

Why is there an additional artist fee?

The reason why most artists charge a fee if they have to hire an additional artist is because there is a lot of leg work that goes into hiring an additional artist.  We have to find them, hire them, figure out timelines for multiple people and communicate with them before and let them know the look and feel of your wedding this can all take at least 3 to 5 hours of extra time to figure out all the details.  

If you have a large bridal party and you are on the fence about having two artists I would definitely talk to your makeup artist about it.  The additional fee will be well worth it to have a smooth sailing morning.  It is better to be early and on time than late and I have never had a bride regret having the extra hands to get her bridal party ready.

Photography by Caitlyn Nikula Photography

So there you have it I hope this blog post helped clear the air on when to hire an additional artist, why you should hire an additional artist and how you should hire an additional artist.  Now please say hire an additional artist 10 times fast and see what you come up with lol.  This month we will be hearing from an amazing vendor and I have some really good posts coming up…stay tuned.