I see this is a year old but it just popped up for me on google and had to throw in my long 2cents 😉
I am a Professional Makeup Artists & Trainer who is planning her own wedding now. As an artist who worked in Hawaii doing over 100 weddings, you can get a great makeup artist who does hair and makeup but it is only a good idea if you have a VERY small bridal party- or you will be the only one getting your hair and makeup done (not recommended!). It takes a village!
There are a few reasons for this. People are almost ALWAYS running late on their big day, you could be having your makeup done at the same time as your hair to save time (any good artist should be able to handle the movement), as well as the other members of your bridal party-like a fun, relaxed assembly line. Who should be having the services done is YOU most importantly, maid of honor, bride’s maids, mother of the bride and mother-in-law in that order of importance. Hiring more than one stylist and artist should actually save you money. A makeup artist will either charge you by the hour or by person, but if it is a very high end wedding it could be a flat rate for example- 6k that includes a very detailed contract. You can often get a deal by splitting the work, but time, skill level and reliability is VERY important.
Lets say you decide on a great hourly deal for hair and makeup. $50-and that will be only 3 people with ONE hair/makeup artist…. HERE COME THE PROBLEMS! I have seen updos take over 2 hours on 1 client. Someone on an hourly rate is often not rushing and even if they were rushing- maybe it takes them almost an hour on makeup and an hour on hair for each person. You would be looking at a bill (not including tip) of $300 and it took 6 HOURS. But that didn’t happen- because she got the flu the morning of your wedding and cancelled 1 hour before your set time! Now what? You can do so many things to get deals for your big day, but in this case you want to make sure you are not going to make yourself cry trying. These memories can last a lifetime, the images last forever.
There are exceptions, but usually if someone is only a professional hair stylist, all of their time, energy, talent and passion has gone into perfecting hair. Same as makeup artistry. I do not have a cosmotology license because my gift is for makeup and almost 20 years professionaly, and many more learning, has gone into perfecting my love of beauty makeup. Best option is to hire a team of stylists and makeup artists, even if your team is only 2 hair stylists and 2 makeup artists. You can look for a big salon with several stylists and makeup artists. Most salons only have a couple of makeup artists though. What you really want is a business that specializes in exactly this kind of thing for weddings, fashion shows… If there isn’t one in your area you can put your own together from different places like salons and makeup stores/counters- but make sure they have proven they can do what you want to look like, in the time you need it done and have done it all before. Get references. Don’t be afraid to ask EVERYTHING from all their contact information, full names, to- if they have kids, who watches them? If they will be coming to you, how will they be getting there? A pro will understand a bit of bridezilla and will be happy to answer ALL of your questions. Get everything in writing with signitures BEFORE you pay a deposit, even if it is on a napkin you photo copy.
The one artist who can “do it all” should only be used for touch ups after the initial application and hair styled. Best way is to make sure when booking and paying the deposit is to ask if you wanted to keep an artist late for picture touch ups, if it would be possible? See who is the best fit during the session, or full application with hair consult- then ask if they would be willing to stick around for an hourly rate for touch ups ($25 is reasonable). Many artist then are likely to ‘touch up’ anyone you ask them to after the rest of the team has left since then it is hourly, and they appreciate you picking them to stick around over the rest of the team. Yes, us pros have egos, take A LOT of pride in our work and want to be the best. This is where you really get your monies worth- touch ups on maybe the mother-in-law you couldn’t afford the full hair and makeup for, the ‘oops too drunk’ aunt who cried her mascara down her face and no artist can pass up a little blush and gloss on the flower girl. Now, yes, it is extra, but with wedding footage being formal shots, candid shots and likely being videod- this is not where to cut the budget. Think of it like this- on a photo shoot the application is done with touch ups the whole time and that is hopefully in a more controlled atmosphere with less tears! The only reason you should skip having someone making sure you look picture perfect from beginning to end, is if you have a pro artist as your maid of honor who would throw herself over a puddle to make sure you don’t dampen your dress- nevermind let your lipstick fade. 😉
Veteran Makeup Artist