After you have booked your venue, and selected your photographer, you are probably going to be wondering which Hair and Make-Up Artists (HMUA’s) you should be looking at? What makes a good HMUA?
Like every other decision you will be making about your big day, the options can be overwhelming. A question posted in a facebook wedding group can have you drowning in options as everyone suggests someone different for you.
I get to work with plenty of HMUA’s, and while most are good, some are exceptional. What makes them exceptional? Lots of things.
Wedding Hair and Make Up requires a slightly different approach than things like a studio shoot, or even a formal occasion, as you will be wanting to look amazing not just for a couple of hours, but all day. You will probably finish having your hair and make-up done about an hour before the ceremony (at least), and want to look amazing for that moment when you start walking down the aisle, and still look flawless an hour later for your photo session, and still look amazing late into the reception for your first dance. You might have a summertime mid afternoon outdoor or beach ceremony under the harsh sun.
A good HMUA will also make your makeup flawless and suited to you personally, and not just apply the same look, the same products to everyone, regardless of their natural skin tone or complexion.
These are just some of the things a good HMUA will be thinking about, after all, you are a walking testament to their skills! As well as just making you look amazing for the whole day, they also need to be time efficient, as they will probably be looking after you and your whole bridal party. They will make sure that you are ready with plenty of time to spare, so that you can relax and enjoy those special moments before you leave for the ceremony, getting into your dress, photos with your family etc.
Last but not least, they need to be easy going and friendly so that you and your squad are totally at ease through the whole exercise.
Finally, who would I recommend? Well, here is my list (not in any particular order) of H&MUA’s that I love to work with.