Hair and Makeup Questions to ask your artist before you commit

Whether you want your wedding to be an extravagant event like Amal Alamuddin’s or Kim Kardashian’s or more low-key like Jennifer Hawkins’, your hair and makeup needs to suit your personality and style. Transforming your inspiration photos and turning those into real life can be done by hiring the makeup artist who is experienced and can see the overall picture.

The difference between having your makeup exactly the way you dreamed of for your wedding day and having your makeup turn out to be a disaster comes down to finding the right person to do your hair and makeup. Ensure you do your research.

Hair and Makeup Questions to ask your artist before you commit… Here are my answers.

How would you describe your style?

My personal style and the style that most of my brides are asking me for when it comes to hair & makeup for their wedding day is natural, yet glamorous and fresh. My attention to detail and passion shows through my work and I take great pride in everything I do.

At the pre-wedding trial, I sit with my brides and listen to what they want and look at pictures they provide because style is personal, and my personal style may not suit everyone.

What is your background? Where did you learn to apply makeup?

I first studied makeup artistry in 2004 in at Artistry of Makeup Academy in Sydney where I started working as my teacher’s assistant. I attended her bridal jobs and worked with the bride’s bridesmaids. A few years later I decided to move to Canada followed by Scotland where I worked in for retail makeup brands as a consultant. It wasn’t long before it was time to return home and I decided that being a freelance makeup artist was where my passion lied and so naturally that was the best option for me. Since then I have worked on countless weddings and formals and events.

I continue to attend professional training and workshops to keep my skills up to date, most recently touching up on my airbrushing skills at Academy of Makeup in Paddington.

What kinds/brands of products do you use? Is this makeup good for pictures or photography?

I only use the highest quality products such as M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Dermalogica and more which are all great for photography. An additional service I also offer is airbrushing which looks amazing on photographs. For airbrushing I use the above products as well as Temptu.

How do I keep my makeup fresh for the whole day? How will the product wear?

This is an area where choice of products is so important. The professional products I use will stay fresh looking for many hours, much longer than most consumer-grade products. As well as this, the airbrush products I use can last up to 18 hours if not longer. However, you can also have your bridesmaids carry a touch up kit which would need to include a mirror, lipstick, lip gloss, pressed powder and a powder brush (if you are prone to oily skin). And don’t forget the tissues…. Always dab, don’t wipe!

How much time do you need for each person on the wedding day?

Depending on the hair styles chosen and the hair type and length, hair styling usually takes between 45-60 minutes per person Makeup application also take between 45-60 minutes per person. For larger bridal parties I will bring my hair stylist who will work on the bridesmaids and other guests hair.

What happens at the Trial? Do I come to you for this appointment?

The Trial is so important to ensure that what I provide you on your wedding day is everything that you want. It’s a good idea to have a camera with you but remember, no one ever shoots pictures of you at less than four feet away, and with no flash. Shots taken that close will never be flattering – to you or the makeup! Take pictures from a natural distance in order to get a “real” feel for how it will look.

Most hair and makeup trials take around three hours and are held at my studio located in Sydney’s East or I can come to you. You are welcome to bring pictures of your inspiration to this trial, however if you are still not sure we can talk through it.

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