I know what it’s like – you’ve recently become engaged and wedding planning has begun in earnest. However, you soon realise there’s a billion and one things to organise and think about, including photography (obviously), the venue, flowers and a makeup artist.

Luckily for you I’ve interviewed Sam from SJB Hair and Makeup (that’s her in action up there) to find out her top tips for choosing a makeup artist for your wedding day!

Here’s what she had to say:

1) What are your top 3 tips for anyone choosing a hair and makeup artist?

i. Do your research

Unless you’re one of the lucky few and you’re 100% sure about what kind of hair and make-up you want for your big day, you need to do some research. Start by researching online at websites like Pinterest and in wedding magazines to gather ideas of the look you hope to achieve for your wedding day. Once you have an fair idea then you can start to look for your hairstylist and makeup artist in your local area.

Most professional artists use social media platforms to showcase their work like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…start following those artists you like, look at their galleries on their websites. Focus on their “real life brides”. Models are models for a reason, and are easy to make look good. The best way to judge someone’s work and get a feel for their style is to look at their work on real brides, so you can see the actual hairstyles they have created to last all day – not just for a photo shoot – and make-up that makes us “normal” folk look amazing. Ask yourself – do you like their work? Do the pictures show a variety of styles? Don’t forget to check out their testimonials!

ii. Choose whose work you love and someone you click with

It’s super important that you “connect” and feel at ease with your chosen artist as you are placing a lot of trust in this person on the day. Your chosen hair and makeup artist will be spending most of the morning with you on your big day, so it’s important you get on with them. It’s more than likely you’re going to feel nervous, anxious and excited, so you need to feel relaxed and at ease with the person you choose. Call them before you book anything to have a chat; are they friendly? Do they make a good impression on the phone? Are they willing to give you their time and come across as flexible and open? Do they listen to your ideas about hair and make-up? When you find the right one, book them!

iii. Book early.

Remember, like all your suppliers there is only one of them and if you like them and find you have a connection to them and their work, get them booked in and your wedding date saved in their diary.

2) What’s the biggest mistake people make when choosing their hair and makeup artist?

Not doing their research to see if the artists is the right fit and offers the right service to you the client….that includes style as well as cost.

3) What’s the best or most unique thing about your service?

At SJB hair and makeup, I like to offer a full and comprehensive service to all my clients, and I’m extremely passionate about what I do. For me it’s about creating a hair and makeup style that works for each individual, so I consider the clients wedding dress, personal style, venue and personality as a whole, to ensure the hair and makeup we go for works for every aspect of them and wedding their day. I develop a strong bond with my clients, and for that moment in time we become friends – I never forget that for most my clients it’s their first experience of a wedding day, and its important I make their experience a positive one. One bride I worked with recently said, “When we met you said you look after your brides and you do 100%!” This is and will always be my aim for every bride I work with.

Thanks Sam – fantastic advice! You can find out more about the brilliant service she offers here:

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