First of all, let us congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials. This is a very exciting time in your life and we realize that you want everything to be absolutely perfect or at least as perfect as it possibly can be. There are so many details to plan we know and some of those details are related to the bride personally. The detail we would like to discuss here is your wedding makeup. You have probably spent your entire life putting on your own makeup and there is a very good chance that you have never had a professional makeup artist work on your before. Many brides rule out hiring a professional makeup artist because they think it is either going to be too expensive or because they feel they know enough about makeup to be presentable. If you are possibly leaning this way, we urge you to think about a few things. First of all, think about your wedding photos. You want your pictures to be absolutely amazing and there is a difference between how a makeup artist will apply your makeup and how you would. Not to mention that the product they use will be of professional grade. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and a professional knows how to accentuate the positives and de-emphasize the negative. This is only a one time go around, splurge a little bit and get this right. The St. Louis area has some phenomenal makeup artists, you just need to find the perfect fit for you and your needs. And we are here to help you with your search so take this guide with you everywhere you go
Finding high quality candidates is your first mission that you need to accomplish. Have you ever thought about talking with your friends, family and coworkers about whether they have ever hired a makeup artist in the past? This may be a topic that has never come up before, but it could be beneficial for you if you were to start the conversation. Don't forget to jot down the names of any quality candidates that you hear about. Have you thought about tapping into the world wide web? If you haven't, you should. Do a Google search for “professional makeup artists in the St. Louis area.” You will see numerous websites pop back to you. Check out as many as you humanely can and determine which artists appear to be of a very high quality. When you do, make note of them. Also, call up each of your wedding vendors that you already have a relationship with. We would be shocked if they did not have a few names for you to check out. Once you feel very good about your list, contact each artist on the list and find out if they would be available on your wedding day. If they say yes, ask them for a time to site down and have a cup of coffee and talk about your wedding needs and what they can do to fill them.
When you are sitting across a table from each candidate, start the interview by finding out how they got started as a makeup artist. The answer should give you insight as to what their passions are. It also will help you to understand more about what their motivations are. Take a long look at each candidate's portfolio. You want to make sure that the creations that you see appeal to you. Ask if the pictures are of real brides or of models. Remember, real brides will have some of the same skin problems that you do and seeing pictures of them will be a lot more meaningful to you. Get a list of references and ask if they have any reviews that have been written about their work. Do they specialize in bridal makeup? This is a good idea for many reasons. Will they travel to you or do you have to visit them at their salon on your big day? If this matters to you, you will want to pay attention to the answer. We highly recommend a trial makeup consultation. This will give you confidence in terms of hiring a candidate or it will make you run in the opposite direction. When you have finished with all of your interviews, you should feel confident about a particular candidate.