Tips For Finding A Great Wedding Makeup Artist

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Boladale getting ready for her engagement ceremony

If your makeup is ever going to be shitty, it should never ever be on your wedding day. A great makeup artist is your best bet for a flawless bridal makeup look.

A great makeup artiste is a must -have for your big day and these tips will help you find one:

Know What You Want

Once you have a ring on your finger and a wedding date has been set, begin to decide on the kind of wedding makeup look you want. Go online and look up brides who wore similar looks that you want. Gather as many photos as possible that have the exact look you want. Make sure those photos are also as clear as possible, so the makeup artist has an exact picture of what they are recreating. While it’s best to know what you want, be open to suggestions. What you want might not exactly suit your looks sometimes.

Ask Trusted People For Recommendations

Let’s put it this way, you are looking for a needle in a haystack but you have a magnet. The haystack represents the tons of choices of makeup artistes out there, the needle is the perfect wedding makeup artist you need while solid recommendations is the magnet.

Nothing beats recommendations around these parts, because good work has no hiding place. Talk to people who wear makeup often or have worn makeup you liked. Then ask them to recommend one for you. You can even do a Google search to find out one for you. Once you do so, you will have a number of them at your fingertips. Then you can start to streamline your search based on the reviews on their pages till you find one you are most comfortable with. 

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Consider Proximity To Your Location

Location matters, much more than you know. You need to look for one who is closest to the place your wedding is going to be. If you do not mind the distance and you’re willing to splurge a lot on your makeup by flying them to where you would be, then you don’t need to bother about this. 

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Do Your Research

Do as much research as you can. Anyone can call themselves a makeup artist, especially in this internet age. This is why you need to find out about them. Ask more questions from neutral people. Get their perspectives. Your biggest tool of research is the Internet. Take advantage of it to the fullest. Your first point of call should be Instagram. Look at their pages and check out the works they’ve done previously. Look at the ‘before and ‘after.’ Don’t forget to read the comments under their photos or videos. Make Google searches and find out. Search out their names on Twitter and see what people are saying about them. And if you’re not satisfied, look them up on Nairaland — you find only valid opinions there!

Find Someone Who Suits The Occasion

Make-up differs per occasion. And different makeup artists are gifted in various kinds of makeup for different occasions. You might be lucky to find someone skilled in the makeup of different occasions. So, be certain that the makeup artist you want to use is skilled in that area. Don’t get carried away by the previous works. If they haven’t done any work for the occasion you’re attending, then there’s a huge probability they aren’t skilled in that aspect. 

Do A Test Trial

It’s okay to have them do a test run, once you’ve found the one you’re comfortable with. Fix an appointment. Go to their space or ask them to come over to yours. Get to know them and more about their work. For you to get the best out of your makeup artist, you need to create an air of familiarity around them. Make them feel comfortable with you. Then let them know what you have in mind.

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Show them the photos that contain the ideas you have. If you don’t have photos, it’s also okay. Just tell them what you don’t want and tell them the occasion you want to use it for. That way it would offer them some perspective. Then they can try out a look that best shows what they are capable of.

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Yoruba Trad Makeup – Artistry By Lisaa

Hire A Professional

Don’t let anyone use your face for make-up lessons. No matter who it is asking to do your makeup, insist on using a professional. It is safer for you not to use your friend or relative who is untested. The reason for this isn’t far-fetched: Amateurs, though they may be very skilled, might not be able to handle the pressure that comes with your event. Once again, hire a professional. Don’t allow yourself to become a laughing stock. Hiring a professional might cost you, but the results would impress you. It would be worth your money. 

COVID-19 Compliant

Finally, in times of COVID such as this, you must choose someone who is COVID compliant in their practice. The third wave of COVID-19 In Nigeria is more deadly than the ones before it as a newer strain has been found. You don’t want to jeopardize your health all because you want to look good. Safety first. Look at how they handle their tools. Make sure they sanitize their hands and all items they would be using. 

Hope you found these tips helpful? Do you have some more tips that have helped you find a makeup artist? Do let us know in the comments.

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