Some important reasons to research your hair stylist and makeup artist before choosing them by their Instagram posts or hashtags.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. The planning seems endless and being certain that everything is done and what you envision for your wedding day to be can be so overwhelming. Each detail is researched for the perfect venue for your wedding to take place, as well as your dress, music, photographer, etc.
However, how you will look on that very special day is of the utmost importance, YOU are the center of attention. All eyes are on YOU, especially your husband to be who is waiting at the end of the aisle for you to be his wife.
The investigation for the ideal stylist and makeup artist should be one of the first things on your list. Your budget should play a part in your choice understandably, however, there is a bit of sacrifice in quality. There is no chance for a do-over on the wedding day. It must be as you envisioned. You must trust the stylist and makeup artist to help you choose the best look for you. If your wedding hair and makeup, as well as your bridal party, are not perfect the rest of the details are insignificant.
If your wedding is a destination wedding, even more trust is involved because you have to know you have chosen the perfect people to accomplish your dream. You have to know they will be there for you, on time, and will do everything to make you relax and be more beautiful than ever.
Allow plenty of time to research their reviews, pictures, and recommendations, being aware that social media posts are secondary to the actual words from past brides and other vendors in the area.
Contact your top three choices. Talk on the phone at the very least, meet in person, if at all possible. Follow your instincts and let your budget be secondary. Take some time, this is very important. Customarily, the least expensive is the least experienced, you’re taking serious chances on lifelong memories.
Your stylist should have plenty of experience in proficiency and completing your vision and not take all day to do it. She should know how to accomplish the style you want and how to be certain the style and makeup will stay throughout the event. You do not want your pictures to reflect a droopy, wilted style or makeup running sliding off your face. The outside elements need to be considered. Is the wedding or any portion of it outside? On the beach? Is the climate humid? Hot? Near salty beach air? All of these factors, as well as general movement and gravity, play a large part in the longevity of the hairstyle enduring all of the aforementioned items.
The same is applicable for the makeup artist. The makeup should be light but have the coverage desired. Hand-applied makeup, when done properly, is as good or better than airbrush in many cases. Don’t get caught up in media hype. The proper tools and products are of utmost importance. The knowledge of the professionals will accomplish your vision.
Your hair and makeup trial should be done about two months prior to the wedding. Your hair will be approximately the length it will be on the day of the wedding and you will have time to alter the style and/or the stylist chosen. Try to meet both stylist and makeup artist on the same day if possible so you can see the end result all at once. Bring your pictures as well as any veil or decoration you will be adding to the style. Show them. This appointment is of utmost importance. Communication is key. Be sure your stylist is skilled and accommodating. These are most important to keep your day happy and stress-free.
If you feel beautiful that makes everything else secondary.
It is unfortunate that many young stylists have more knowledge navigating social media making them more visible on the internet rather than having actual experience in the wedding hair and or makeup industry. They could have asked their friends to review them on Yelp or Google. Ranking on Google is great, but not always the reason to choose a vendor; especially a stylist or makeup artist. It’s a great place to start, but don’t just pick the first vendor you think looks okay and check the box and move on. Pictures of the styles and makeup of actual weddings they’ve done are the real telltale sign. Look at the wedding professional sites, WeddingWire, the knot, etc. This is where actual brides take the time after the wedding to give honest reviews of their experience. Ask for references. I have 30 years of experience. I love my job! That says more than my Instagram page.
Determine who will be that most important vendor. Taking the time to do that – is more important than a few pretty pictures on Instagram. I promise.