(Closed) How do I find a makeup artist and hair stylist for wedding – from far, far away?

posted 5 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would google MUA + location of the wedding and check out sites with reviews. In addition, you can also look at blogs with brides that had an event at your venue as they will sometimes list the MUA/stylist in the list of vendors on the blog. Lastly, you can also check out wedding blogs like Green Wedding Shoes that will have lists of recommended vendors.

From there, you can get a general idea of their work. You don’t necessarily need a trial run but it’s recommended. If you want to cut down on the guesswork, a trial a week before the wedding is still better than nothing.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lazy:  Some do, some don’t. I only went to one person and even trusted her to do my boudoir makeup the same day as my trial and I was happy with the results. I’m the same person that goes to MAC counters and blowout salons for events though, so I’m generally pretty easygoing in this regard. I do have some professional experience in makeup so I already know what I like and what to ask for.

Since you can’t try them all, I would just go with your gut and really study photos. Generally speaking, most MUA/stylist do similar work on each person. In other words, they have their own particular flavor/spin. As such, I wouldn’t expect yours to deviate a whole lot. In our area, it’s very competitive so most established MUA/stylists have a huge portfolio and list of reviews available online. I would imagine Boston would be the same (as compared to a very rural area with only a few people to choose from).

It also helps if you know what look you want. For example, check out celebrities, other brides and Pinterest to see brides with similar features and coloring.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lazy:  Regarding the caked on issue, I think you can sort of tell. Some portfolios will show you the before-after shots and some literally look like day and night. You know how you watch infomercials and you wonder if it’s the same person. It’s like that. In addition, some MUA will bill themselves as specializing in fresh/natural/organic looks and those will likely have a lot lighter hand. Keep in mind too that even though it may look a little thick in person, you should see how it performs on camera. For example, I hate lip products and in person, I always feel like anything but a sheer gloss is always too much. However, on camera, a more saturated lip usually looks better. A good MUA will understand if you don’t like heavy makeup/color and will work with you to find that happy medium.

As you said, reviews help too. Usually, brides will say that they wanted a natural look or that they didn’t want to look too much like they’re done up and that the MUA was able to deliver (or not).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would also recommend that you ask the MUA to send you links to blogs from the photographers who photographed the weddings they did. Then you can see how the wedding looked shot by a photographer and not by the MUA. 

 

I used to be a wedding photographer in the Boston area (I moved to San Francisco and now I retired from phtoography to plan my wedding) but I looooved working with:

http://www.specialdaybycarolina.com/ – her website isn’t as easy to navigate so I’d suggest using her facebook page too https://www.facebook.com/pages/From-Hair-to-Eternity-Special-day-by-Carolina/112855262095420?sid=0.570472527295351

 

Wedding Tresses is great for wedding hair 

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Demiche Beaute is also AMAZING but more high end

http://www.demiche.net/

Post # 10
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163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@lazy:  Based on your “caked on” comment, I would recommend doing airbush make-up.  I believe most MUA offer this option and it is a great alternative to “normal” foundation.  I used a MUA for my wedding and was very pleased with the coverage, but natural look of the airbrush.  

One thing to check out regarding pricing is if there is a a dollar or person minimum.  There was one MUA that I was considering, but they wanted to charge more since it was just me.

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