I thought it'd be helpful to share today 5 questions every Bride should ask her hairstylist and/or make up artist! When I was in your shoes, I probably interviewed DOZENS of hair and makeup artists, and the more I researched, the dizzier my head felt absorbing so much information. It took me a while before I finally realized the simplicity in finding someone who could do both my hair and makeup. So, I reached out to Olga, of Color of Fashions, a fellow New York City Wedding Vendor, to give some advice to you brides before you book your wedding day beauty stylist.
How long should a bride book her makeup and hair stylist before her wedding? At least 3-4 months before the wedding and if possible 6 months. Brides should do their research for makeup artists and hairstylists. If possible, they should try to find a stylist that does both makeup and hair; which can be convenient. (If the bride has a medium to big bridal party) they should ask if the stylist has an assistant or someone that works with them.
What should the bride base their search when looking for a makeup artist & hairstylist? The bride should look at a stylist's/makeup artist's work, reviews website and pricing. They should not base the artist's work just on pricing. Bride's should look at the whole picture. Possibly, the artist can give the bride a discount/packaged deal if there are a lot of people in the bridal party or possible last minute planning. Another factor is to find a makeup artist that does both makeup and hair. That way, you get 2 people for the price of one! It can be difficult to arrange for a hair and makeup trial at the same time and the bride never has the full picture of her wedding day look. That's why it's more convenient to get an artist that does both, but again that is up to the bride as to what she will find when searching for an artist.
Why is it extremely important a bride should do a trial with an artist(s) before their wedding? The bride should do a trial with the artist so that on the day of the wedding the artist knows what makeup to put on the bride and what hairstyle to do. Time will not be wasted. From my experience, when there isn't a trial, and the artist only has a picture to go off on, chances are that the Bride may not like the finished result. Thus taking more time to perfect her wedding day look (which can impact your wedding day schedule). Whereas with a trial, the Bride is given as much time as she likes to alter a style or makeup look if she's not initially satisfied. It should be a 'must' that bride's have a trial so no time is wasted on the day of the wedding. Having a trial, makes hairstyling and makeup go very smoothly as the artist is prepared and no time is wasted.
How many trials should a bride do? If their budget permits, the bride should pick at least 2-3 artists to have a trial with. If the bride is happy with the first trial with the first person they pick then it's up to the bride to not go with another artist and just stick with the first one. Everyone is different as to what and how many trials to have, but it's what the bride chooses. If they want to compare the work from one artist to another, then 2 is the most and acceptable to do.
What type of makeup should the bride choose for their wedding day, regular traditional makeup or airbrush? A bride should get quotes from the makeup artist for traditional makeup and airbrush. Regular traditional makeup is from a bottle (Mac, Smashbox, Revlon) and airbrush makeup is from a compressor with a hose and airbrush gun that uses water-based makeup and lasts 12-16hrs. The bride can spend on an artist as to what is within their budget & should choose accordingly. Airbrush makeup is known to be more flawless and very good in pictures. It may be a little expensive depending on what the artist charges, but it's well worth it at the end as it will be a lifetime to remember your pictures as how beautiful you looked.
Thank you Olga, for the wonderful advice!