Getting the Most Out of Your Stylist & Makeup Artist

When it comes to wedding preparations, a lot of brides choose to forgo hiring a professional makeup artist & stylist for their wedding, as they see it as an added expense that they could do without. Although hiring a professional isn’t for everyone, there are certain types of brides that it could be most beneficial for. If you’re the type of bride who gets riddled with nerves easily or has little experience with makeup applications and up-do’s, hiring a professional for your wedding would not only make your special day less stressful, but sitting in a chair and getting pampered helps you totally relax so that you can focus on walking down the aisle, and finally be married to the one you love!

So, how on earth do you pick a stylist and makeup artist for what is arguably the biggest day of your life? Since you most likely want to be able to look back at pictures and not see smudged eye makeup, a shiny forehead, hair out of place, or any of the many other beauty blunders that could happen on your wedding day, we have put together a guide on how to get the most out of what you are paying for.

You may be lucky enough to have a hairstylist or makeup artist who you trust completely, and knows your hair or skin better than anyone else. If you don't, well, you'll simply need do some research. Ask other brides whose hairstyles you've admired. Check with your bridal salon. Once you've garnered a list of options, it's time to set up consultations: the only way to determine if a hair stylist is right for you.

Before you hire a stylist you need to decide a few things: Do you want her to come to you on your wedding day or would you rather go to the salon? Will she only do you hair or the bridal party's as well? Do you want her to come and stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and the ceremony? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depend on your budget and her time limitations.

Viewing a professional stylist or makeup artist’s work and researching them is so important. You want to make sure they have a top quality portfolio and that their work matches the quality you are expecting to receive for your wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. There is absolutely nothing wrong with checking to make sure you are making the best decision for you, for the most important day of your life. Ask for names, numbers, or emails that you check in with, and personally ask how that client liked their experience with this specific professional.

You will also be spending a significant amount of time with the stylist and makeup artist leading up to your wedding day, so it is super important that you get along with her / him. They should make you feel comfortable enough around them that you don’t feel awkward, ashamed, or embarrassed to ask them to change or add anything when they’re done with a makeup application. You should feel like you can ask the, about anything. They are there to help you carry the load! Schedule your trial run for at least two months before the big day in case you don't work well together and you need to find a different hairstylist or makeup artist.

If you have sensitive skin, super curly hair, or any other beauty quirks that require a skilled professional, mention them to your hairstylist or makeup artist before booking a trial run. You’ll want to work with someone who knows their way around your hair or skin type.

A trial run is basically a preview of what you will look like on your wedding day. Doing this well in advance ensures that you have time to adjust anything that you weren’t 100% happy with before the big day.

Be sure you find out what kind of preparation you need to do before your trial run and before your wedding, as they sometimes differ. Your hairstylist may want you to have freshly washed hair; your makeup artist may want you to prime or moisturize your skin, or may want you to come fresh-faced.

Also, wear white to your trial — it'll help you get an idea of what your makeup will really look like on the wedding day. And, if you've already picked out your big-day accessories, you'll want to bring them to your trials to find out how they fit in with your beauty look. If you plan to purchase a headpiece but don't have it yet, ask your hairstylist if they have accessories you can borrow to get an idea of the overall look.

Prior to your trial appointments look through magazines or Pinterest for women with similar coloring to yours whose makeup or hairstyles you love. Relying solely on verbal descriptions often turn into wedding day disasters. To help them get a sense of the style you want to achieve, also come prepared to show them pictures of your dress, venue, and décor style as well. After you've shown the photos, discuss them. Make sure they see what you're seeing.

A true professional has a keen eye for art, viewing every clients as their blank canvas to create a beautiful masterpiece. They should be equipped with the proper tools and knowledge to use the correct colors and techniques that are needed to bring out your best features for your wedding day. You want someone that has both the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure you look flawless on your big day.

Don’t forget to take pictures! Sometimes people like the look in person but not in photos, or vice versa. Ask the stylist or artist to photograph each finished look from different angles, that way, you'll be able to see how you look from all views, and you'll get an idea of how their work translates to photographs. During the trial they should be writing EVERYTHING down to ensure that you will look exactly the way you did for your trial. They should also time themselves so that they can make a set schedule for you the day of the wedding, that coincides with the photographers schedule as well as your wedding coordinators (if you have one).


When the wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-front shirt or robe so you'll be ready to slip on your dress when your hair is done and your headpiece and veil are in place. If your stylist is coming to you, make a place for him next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so he will have easy access to your head. And make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons, and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy.

If you begin to become alarmed about the way the stylist is handling your tresses, calmly and respectfully suggest an alternative. You need expert help -- that is why you hired a professional -- but that expert must be willing to help you achieve your objective. She should also give you tips for keeping those luscious locks in place throughout the reception. Also, if your veil needs to be removed after the ceremony, ask for a lesson on how to do it. After all, you want to show off that wonderful mane, don't you?