5 Things to Look for in a Wedding Makeup & Hair Stylist

So he did it, he pulled off the perfect proposal. Now comes the fun part; planning the wedding. From the venue to flowers, to photographer, the list of things you need to get done is endless. Typically, makeup and hair are one of the last vendors to get booked, but we believe we should be right up there with you dress and flowers. Why? On your wedding day, you’ll be the center of attention and your face will be one of the most photographed things of your wedding day and we want to make sure that in your search for a wedding beauty team, you know exactly what to look for.

We’ve created a list of five things you should be looking for in a Wedding Makeup and Hair Artist and how to tell you are hiring not only a professional, but also the right professional for you.

Website

In today’s social media era, everything from makeup artists to photographers are a dime a dozen. People can now pick up a makeup brush or camera and slap the label professional “enter profession here” on an instagram. It’s very easy to create a page with just pretty photos of work, but how do you really get to know the business and if they are true professionals, what kind of services they offer or if they’re even a good fit? Every legitimate business should have a website with a portfolio, services, and a short description about their business. A website will ensure the person or business you’re interested in has taken the time and effort to show that they are a real, professional business.

Aesthetic

With a service like makeup and hair finding someone with the right aesthetic is extremely important. It’s crucial to find a Makeup and Hair Stylist that specializes in the same style that you’re envisioning. If you’re a working professional who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup and prefers a more natural look, find a makeup artist whose work reflects a more natural style. This will save a ton of time and effort on all parties if you look for someone who not only creates a style that you like, but also talking with them to ensure they understand what your vision is for your wedding day.

Alice Ahn Photography

Alice Ahn Photography

Portfolio

This is one requirement that will distinguish who is a real professional: the portfolio. When looking for Makeup and hair stylists, their portfolio to should have several things: little to no selfies, diverse skin tones, ages, eye shapes, and clients that look similar to you. We understand no face is alike, yet a good makeup artist knows how to work on any and every face and feature. At the same time, it is good to see clients that have similar features like eye shape (i.e. monolids, deep set eyes) and skin tones (golden, olive, pink undertones) to put you at ease before making a commitment with them.  

My One Love Photography

My One Love Photography

Contract/Insurance

Like every other vendor, Makeup and Hair stylists should have a legal contract and liability insurance. This may be one of the most important things as you will rest assure you are working with a professional who takes their job with the utmost seriousness. Not only do these things protect the Stylist, but they also protect you the Client from any injury, damage that is the fault of the Stylist. Always ask any vendor you are considering if they have these two items as it could save a lot of trouble if issues unexpectedly arise.

Professional Products/kit

A professional Makeup and Hair Stylist understands the importance of quality and should have 95% professional grade products in their kit. Be weary of “Instagram” brands which go unregulated as their manufacturers are in China. Although this is currently a popular brand, it is made from cheap materials and ingredients. Always ask your Makeup and Hair stylist what kind of products they use on their clients before booking.

Chelsea Abril Photography

Chelsea Abril Photography

We hope this list is helpful in your search for your Wedding Makeup and Hair Artist. We understand there are a sea of choices out there and we want to help guide you through to refine your choices to find the right Stylist for you. Is there something we missed? What other factors do you think go into finding the right Makeup and Hair Artist? We want to hear your thoughts.







Bright, Luxe Paradise Wedding | Hawaii Wedding | Hawaii Wedding Makeup & Hair

This wedding has to be one of our favorite weddings this year not just because of the superstar list of vendors, but also because the bride was such a pleasure to work with and she had amazing taste in her vision for her wedding. Her laid back, yet happy go lucky personality showed in the design as she just wanted her wedding to be a big party. 

For her makeup and hair, she said she wanted that bronzy glow like Chrissy Teigen, and a soft romantic updo. We think she made the perfect bride and wish her and her new husband all the best of life and love in their marriage.

Coordination: Moana Events
Flowers: Passion Roots
Venue: Lanikuhonua
Photographer: June Cochran
Calligraphy: Laurenish Design
Beauty Styling: Blush Makeup & Hair