Why You Should Hire a Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

When you are planning your wedding day, you might wonder if hiring a professional makeup artist will really make that big of a difference. I think the better question to ask is “why would I hire a professional for every single aspect of my wedding EXCEPT for my makeup?”

The truth of the matter is, as the bride, everyone will be looking at you on your big day. Do you want to radiate beauty with flawless makeup, that only enhances how you’ll feel on your big day? Or do you want to be worried about cakey foundation, clumpy mascara, and streak marks all day long? Keep reading to hear about my top 5 reasons why hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day is a perfect idea.

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Time

This should be the most important thing to think about when it comes down to getting ready on your big day. Wedding days come with a schedule that you need to follow in order to make the day go smoothly. Do you want to sit in a chair for 2+ hours while an aspiring makeup artist or friend does your hair and makeup? Or would you rather have a professional makeup artist, who has worked on hundreds of faces, come do your makeup in under an hour and have it looking exactly as you pictured? By hiring a professional, you are getting someone who knows all about how to make your face shape look perfect, what foundation to use with your skin type and tone, how to highlight the best features of your face, and how to make that makeup stay in place so you don’t have to worry about it at all during your day.

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Money

But Katie, a professional makeup artist costs money! How is that going to end up saving me money in the long run? Yes, pro makeup artists may seem like they are pricey, but they are worth every single penny. Imagine that you decided to do your own makeup on your day, or decided to have your best friend do your makeup. You may end up spending hundreds of dollars on buying a wedding day makeup kit. Think about having to buy a set a nice brushes that will get the job done (that you may or may not know how to properly use), a high end eyeshadow palette that ensures quality pigmentation and the power to stay in place, primer for your face and eyelids (not the same thing, by the way), foundation that you hope will provide flawless coverage and won’t turn cakey by the middle of the afternoon, mascara and false eyelashes that can be hard to put on yourself, a great contour palette, lipstick that won’t budge, etc. etc. etc. Makeup is not cheap. But by hiring a makeup artist that charges $200 for your big day, you’ll get someone who not only knows what they are doing, but already has all these awesome products.

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Stress

Your wedding day is already going to be stressful enough, making sure that everything stays on schedule and that things look perfect. By hiring a pro, you’ll ensure that your day will be less stressful overall. Makeup artists often include a trial run session before your big day, so that you can try out looks to make sure you get the perfect one for you. You’ll have had your look figured out beforehand, eliminating the possibility of spending precious time spent choosing exactly how you want your eye makeup to look. I don’t know about you, but its also stressful to me when I know I have something important, and I’m worrying about my look every 2.5 seconds and making sure everything is in place. Do yourself a favor and hire a pro. Its one less thing you’ll have to stress out about on your wedding day.

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Results

As mentioned previously, a professional makeup artist has worked on hundreds of faces over the course of their career. They know what works and what doesn’t. They know what looks best and what doesn’t. They know about things like skin types and face shapes. They have learned how to ensure that your makeup will last all day long. They know how to highlight your best features. The results of hiring a pro will have you feeling like a celebrity on the red carpet instead of a 13 year old girl who has just learned how to apply eyeliner for the first time.

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Photos

As a photographer, there is nothing more frustrating to fix in post processing than makeup that has smudged all over your face. Hiring a pro will take care of this problem for you and your photographer. Even if you cry during your vows, you can rest assured that your mascara won’t run and your photographer won’t have to clean that up in hundreds of pictures in photoshop. You’re also a lot less likely to fall behind schedule due to makeup mishaps, which in turn will ensure that your photographer has plenty of time to capture those pictures you’ll hold on to forever. Do your photographer a favor and hire a pro. No one will regret it.

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