5 Things To Know Before Booking A Wedding HMU Artist
Your wedding day is a very special day in every girl’s life. You want to look back at the pictures and see a radiant, happy person. Not someone whose mascara has smudged or foundation looks cakey or hair looks stiff and dated. Choosing the right bridal makeup and hair artist (HMUA) will make all the difference. Here’s what you need to know before you book your hair and makeup artist for your wedding day.
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Start looking earlier than you expect to
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and a bridal makeup artist and hair stylist will play a big part in this. All the good ones get booked early, so start your search sooner rather than later. Tip: do it right after you’ve set a date. Ask friends and family for recommendations. If a colleague got married and you liked her hair and makeup, ask for the contact of the person who got her ready. It wouldn’t hurt to scroll through social media as well – a lot of HMUA have an account that showcases their work.
Do your research
Once you’ve narrowed down a few bridal makeup artists, go through their portfolios, inquire about their rates and check out their site for reviews. Simultaneously, start looking for references to show them what you want. You may not know exactly what you want, but visual references will help convey the look and feel you’re going for on the day. You can even have several references and discuss whether a single look, or a combination of a few, works better for you.
Meet them first
While your wedding day is a very special day in your life, it can also be quite stressful and you want someone whom you’re comfortable with doing your makeup. Meeting your potential makeup artist one-on-one will give you a fair idea of their personality and if you’re going to be comfortable with them. At this point, you can discuss your vision for that day, if they will be doing your makeup or someone else from their team. Also, talk about how many others in the bridal party need makeup and hair.
Slot in a trial
Once you’ve found someone you like, slot in a trial. This is really important, even if a HMUA is part of your package deal with the venue. You need to have an idea of how the makeup will look on the day of your wedding and how it will last through the day. You also want to have an idea of how long your makeup artist might take and preview of her skills.
At the trial, don’t be shy to ask for changes. This is your day, and you should be comfortable with how your hair and makeup looks. You can also ask the HMUA to suggest a hair and skincare routine so that they have a good base to build off on the wedding day (i.e: healthy, smooth skin and glossy hair).
Make the booking
If your makeup artist ticks all the boxes at the trial, make the booking ASAP. As mentioned earlier, the popular makeup artists get booked up to a year in advance. So just be kiasu lah.
But just because you’ve made the booking doesn’t mean that you can’t still look around! You might find someone you like better, so keep your options open. Just check if your first HMUA has a cancellation window and if there’s a fee.