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6 Steps To Find Your Perfect Bridal Make Up Artist

23rd February 2018

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When searching for a Professional Make Up Artist please bare in mind that you are looking for someone to do Bridal Make Up for you because you want to look PERFECT on your wedding  day.

I’ve been working as a Professional Make Up Artist in the wedding industry for 15 years now, with new bridal enquiries coming in thick and fast every week, especially since opening my Make Up Studio. We often have multiple weddings on Fridays and Saturdays. Many brides book us over 18 Months in advance. As a Professional Make Up Artist my time is precious to lots of people, and it’s very upsetting when I get a phone call off an emotional bride who has just paid for a disappointing bridal trial or worst still, who have been let down last minute for her wedding by another Make Up Artist. I will always try to accommodate emergencies like this, but it is not always possible. I honestly believe that ultimately it is down to Make Up Artist to manage the expectations of their clients, however there are steps a bride to be can take to ensure they get the service they deserve.

When searching for a Professional Make Up Artist please bear in mind that you are looking for someone to do Bridal Make Up for you because you want to look PERFECT on your wedding  day. You are more than likely NOT a Make Up Artist, otherwise you may have considered doing your own Bridal Make Up, so you need to find someone who specialises in Make Up Artistry… a true professional in their field, with lots of experience and personal recommendations...

To save confusion here’s some examples….you find a wedding planner to plan a wedding, a florist to supply flowers, a bridal boutique to buy your wedding dress from… Do you catch my drift? To some people this may sound obvious but it still surprises me how many women get their Bridal Make Up trials at a make up counter in somewhere like boots, or go to their local beauty salon for an overpriced Bridal Make Up trial from a poorly trained beautician. This may sound quite blunt and it isn't meant to offend anyone. You may be lucky enough to find someone in these places who are really good at Bridal Make Up. But in my experience, it is very rare! Make Up Artistry is a skill of its own and unfortunately, many salon owners will charge artist rates but allow their therapists with little training to do the bridal make up bookings, with the aim to make some money and more than likely to sell you make up.

So how do you avoid this trap? Firstly…

1.Finding your Make Up Artist…

Your first step is finding the right Make Up Artist for you. So you need to contact a few different Bridal Make Up Artists. Personally I would always  start with asking for recommendations from your married friends, who did they have? Other people’s personal experience may help you find what you are looking for much quicker. Contradictory to that however, It’s also worth bearing in mind you need to gel with your Make Up Artist to make it the best possible experience for you, not every two brides will want the same Make Up Artist, it’s really down to personality. So just because your best friend had Make Up by Linda from down the road doesn't mean she will be suited to you. With social media being at the forefront of every industry your first port of call could be Facebook or twitter. See who you can find online, the most reputable Make Up Artists will have reviews on their business pages (we have nearly 150 on our facebook page). There are also wedding sites that can help you find artists in your local area, a lot of my brides contact me through Wedding Wire.

2. Questions you should be asking your make up artist…

The first thing you need to know is your Make Up Artists availability, the first question I always ask my clients is what date is your wedding? This way you don’t gethalfwayy through a conversation to find there’s no availability on the date of your wedding. Unfortunately often this isn't the first question we are asked, too many brides ask  ‘do you use Mac?' as their first question when speaking to their prospective Bridal Make Up Artist. I personally find this highly FRUSTRATING and I know I am not the only one. Women are under a massive miss conception that Mac Make Up is the be all and end all in cosmetics…Wrong! Any genuine Freelance Make Up Artist will use a VARIETY of Make Up in their Make Up Kit, this is because as Make Up Artists we all know that not every product from one brand is going to be sufficient for every skin type, skin sensitivity, skin tone, or skin complaint etc…. Every brand has their signature products, a core product that is great but then that doesn't’t mean every product in their range will be. I personally have my favourite ‘must have’ products but they are not all from one brand. It’s really important to stay open-minded about make up and TRUST your Make Up Artist. Ask them what their Make Up Kit consists of, what they can tell you about the brands they use. Ask your Make Up Artist what experience they have, do they have a website? Find out as much information you can, and write it all down for your own reference later.

3. Arrange a trial…

Always, ALWAYS have a trial! You may see this as an extra expense, but for peace of mind, it is worth every penny.

Remember you are getting married! It only happens once in your lifetime (hopefully), so you want to look and feel AMAZING all day long, you also need to bare in mind how your bridal make up and hair will be in your wedding photographs FOREVER! If this isn’t motivation to find the perfect Make Up Artist, then I don't know what is! I personally have done wedding make up without a trial, and I have never had a problem, this is mainly down to building over 15 years of experience in the make up industry and having become an expert within my field, but you might not be so lucky with someone else. As a bride the last thing you want to do is feel tense and uptight on the morning of your wedding. I no longer offer the service of bridal make up without the bridal make up trial for this reason.

You may have an idea of how you want to look, but are you and your chosen Make Up Artist on the same page? How will you know with out a make up trial? Unfortunately you won’t! Something else to consider is that you may have found a picture of a Make Up Look that you like, I hate to break it to you but this may not look on you as it does in the picture. On two different people the same Make Up will look different. As Make Up Artists we can enhance your features and do fabulous things with your face, but we can’t necessarily completely change everything about your appearance... With that in mind try to be realistic and listen to the professional. Also why not take someone with you to your trial?! They may be able to offer you a little guidance and support. After you have had the make up applied you almost definitely need to keep it on for the day to see how well it lasts! It's not essential but Bridal Make Up when done properly should stay put, in rare cases you may react or not get on with a product the course of the day and it t also takes time to adjust to your new look. It's also good to reflect on the Bridal Make Up and see it in your own mirrors at home.

4. Consider what you may need to compliment your make up….

As well as a Make Up Artist I am also trained and qualified in skin care, I believe this is a fundamental part of your Bridal Make Up. Your skin is the foundation for your bridal make up. I like to analyse my clients skin prior to their wedding, usually, during the bridal make up trial. Often there are products you can use or treatments you can have running up to the wedding which will improve your skin for the better. This means your bridal make up will sit more beautifully and photograph better, and above all you will feel more confident about the way you look! Find out which Make Up Artists are able to offer you this service as well because it is very useful! There are other treatments that compliment your Make Up, particularly brows treatments and lash lifts which have become very popular with brides at my Make Up Studio. These treatments are something that I feel go hand in hand with make up and should be considered to get the best out of your Bridal Make Up!

5. Trust your gut….

Go with your gut instinct on this one, I have had a few SOS calls where brides have been let down only days before the wedding! This is such BAD practice, it makes me so mad. It’s one of the most important days of a woman’s life, I understand the responsibility of being your chosen Bridal Make Up Artist and I take it seriously. It’s very sad there are people in the industry that don’t! Usually After I have done a wedding I always get lovely comments about how well I ‘fitted in’ with the bridal party.I always aim to enhance the experience of the wedding morning for the bride and her bridal party. If you decide not to have a trail and haven’t met your Make Up Artist prior to your big day it’s a little bit like Russian roulette! It’s a risk you are better off avoiding!

6. Make the booking...

If you like your artist, get them booked in!… Good Make Up Artists get booked up WAY in advance. Once you have found the Make Up Artist you want It's always well worth putting a deposit down and confirming your booking to ensure you are not disappointed later on. It’s as simple as that! I hope that you find this useful on your search for your perfect Make Up Artist! If you are reading this and you would like some advise in relation to your own wedding and Bridal Make Up, then please feel free to contact My Make Up Studio. We are happy to give advise in most cases, regardless of whether you are booked in with us or not, we are always happy to help!

Suezanna xoxo

Recent Testimonials

I love a trip to the Make My Day studio! Suzie is always really helpful and happy to help with any questions I may have! I look forward to my next visit

Katie Manning

As soon as I walked through the door in her stunning makeup studio, Suezanna instantly made me feel at home! She is such a wonderful, genuine & gorgeous lady that is incredible at her job! She made me and my bridesmaids feel like a million dollars! Trust me when I say, she really know what she's doing and take her advice. I can not recommend her enough!!

Laura Cheetham

Absolutely fab... amazing make up..amazing person just truly amazing overall... you definitely made my day!!

Becca Timlin

Very happy with my makeup and hair done for a black tie charity event. Felt at ease - would return and recommend highly.

Claire Nichol

Got my nails done with Suezanna as my original place wasn't free and I needed to find somewhere else asap. Suzanne did a fantastic job with my shellac nails and we had a great laugh. I also love the salon with its vintage feel to it

Sara Bell

I attended a make-up class here recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. A fabulous studio which I look forward to visiting again soon for another workshop or some beauty treatments. Suezanna was very professional, knowledgeable and easy to talk to, I would highly recommend her. I left feeling like I had learnt so much and it was money well spent. Thanks for a lovely time X

Emma Simmons

Thanks Suzy for the amazing hair and make-up you did for me and my bridesmaids yesterday. Still all looking brilliant some 15 hours after application :-) And I didn't feel like I had too much make-up on either which was a worry that I had. Thank you so much for helping to keep everything chilled when we were getting ready too. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Jo Collins

I didn't know Suezanna before I chose her to do my bridal hair and make up, we met on the off chance, and I'm so very glad we did. Being someone that doesn't usually wear any make up or have a particular style I was nervous about what to go for. Suezanna put me right at ease and guided me using her experience and knowledge. I was very surprised and pleased after my trial and booked Suezanna immediately. My experience with Suezanna on the big day way equally fantastic. She was early, professional and again put me at ease. The final results left me speechless! I have never felt so confident and beautiful in my life! Thank you Suezanna! And I will most definitely be recommending make my day to any future brides.

Jennifer O'Donoghue

Well yesterday I went to the beautiful makeup studio to have my Makeup trial.Really was nervous as never had anyone do my makeup before.Suezanna is such a lovely person and straight away made me feel at ease.While having it done.The end result was amazing just loved it was so natural just what I wanted.Carnt wait to go back for my hair trial so looking forward to my wedding day and have it all done again.Thankyou

Hayley Marie Carter-Forshaw

Suezanna was lovely, I showed her pictures I'd collected during my trial and she worked her magic on what would suit me and my wedding theme. On the day she made me and my bridesmaids feel amazing going beyond my expectations! We had so many compliments, I would highly recommend Suezanna. She also worked wonders with my eyelashes!

Emma Sadula

Suezanna is a fab make up artist who at the last minute came to the rescue after we were let down by someone else. I was dubious about having my make up done as I've had bad experiences in the past but I loved what she did. Also amazing job on my hair! She listened to exactly what I wanted and sorted it!

Laura Morris

Can't rate & thank sue enough for making my friends wedding day amazing from the start. She put us all at ease & when to great length to make sure the hair & make up was perfect for the big day! Highly recommended for any occasion, wether it be special or not x

Zoe Adams

I attended the smokey eye masterclass, it was absolutely fab! Suezanna was so knowledgeable and patient, she went at a pace that we could all keep up with and spent time with each of us to give us pointers or tips. Suezanna put us all at ease as some of us were nervous about our abilities, she has a way of making people feel at ease and like you've known her for years - beautiful lady inside and out! Thank you so much! I can't wait for bridal makeup lesson later this month xx

Grace Foley

Fantastic and so talented, great with children. Made us all look and feel amazing.

Penny Garner

I have only been twice to Suezanna but both times I have felt very comfortable when getting my treatments done and will defiantly be going back for any of my beauty needs. An incredible perfectionist in what she does

Laura Bradshaw

Suezanna gave myself and 3 friends a make up lesson. It was brilliant! Suezanna is friendly, professional and gave us so many hints and tips. We all have different skin tones and she carefully selected the right shades for our skin. Would highly recommend Suezanna and will definitely be booking up again!!

Claire Holton

Fantastic masterclass!... learnt so much, heaps more confidence, very friendly and welcoming... just what I needed.. can't wait for more!!... xxx

Heidi Scofield

Absolutely blown away yet again by the endless talent of this lovely explain a vision in your head and Suezanna creates it! My mum looked and felt amazing on her wedding day as did my daughter and myself as her bridesmaids, thanks again Suezanna..I cannot recommend you highly enough xx

Steph Steele

Suezanna, thank you so much for the amazing hairstyles you created for my gorgeous bridesmaids on my wedding day! Each one was individual yet they all tied in with the same theme! They even withstood the wind and crazy dance floor dancing! Highly recommend!

Jenna Tester

Suzanna often does my hair and makeup for events, nights out, special occasions. Aside from her professionalism, she is creative and a master at her art. She knows what works and gets it right every time. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Helena Marston

I've just had my wedding nails done by Suezanna and I couldn't be happier, I can't stop looking at them! Friendly and professional, I will definitely be coming back to get them done again, I'm a convert! Thank you.

Amy Smith

I have never met a nicer girl, she made me feel welcome and I left feeling a million dollars. The conversation was flowing and is totally open to whatever style you are into. Such a talented and lovely person. Hoping to have more events to attend so that I can come back to get styled up again. You truly did 'make my day' thank you!!!

Ellyn Inshaw

Thank you very much for such a wonderful job on the wedding day, lovely lady with for sure magical skills! You made the bride and bridesmaids feel so special xx

Camesha Jo

I can not thank enough for yesterday's hair and make up for a wedding I went to. I could not have been happier with the results, such a lovely lovely person who made me feel so at ease X

Carolyn Brown

I did the smoky eye master class with Suezanne today, followed by a shellac manicure. She is fantastic! The master class was invaluable, I learned so many new things about how to do beautiful make up. The manicure was also lovely. Suezanne is so friendly, and the salon is very welcoming! Highly recommended xxx

Abby Cally

As a special occasion mua myself I approached Suzanna when she advertised her Smokey Eye Makeup workshop. I. Felt like i wanted to refresh and gain confidence in certain areas of my work and Suzanna welcomed me and made me feel at ease to come along to her workshop. At first impressions of walking into her studio I was made at ease straight away. Suzanna's studio is stylish and professional and her knowledge and skills shone through. I would definitely like to visit Make My Day again and treat myself to a special occassion makeup session and a workshop..

Hannah Hodgkiss

Loved my make up lesson, Suezanna put me at ease and was happy to go over how to do something as many times as you need! She definitely has a way of making you feel at ease and it's like you've known her for years! Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to my next lesson xx

Vicki Horrey

What a amazing job was worried about my hair and was perfect and my girls xx

Sonia Jessica Masih

What can I say!! Suezanna is amazing. I was a bit wary of having someone do my make up as haven't been happy with some makeovers in the past, however from the moment I saw what she had done for the trial I was completely in love with the look, and there was no way I would have used anyone else. On the big day, I was unfortunately really poorly. Suzi arrived to me being really ill, and was fantastic and supportive above and beyond her duties in what turned out to be a pretty traumatic morning! However, she still made me look so good that no one could tell I was poorly, so thank you for saving the day! You're amazing xxxxxx

Ruth Clea

Suezanna is amazing at what she does as she makes you feel so welcome and relaxed. She is also a fantastic tutor during the masterclass where she will help you utilise what you already have in your make up bag, providing you witg invaluable skills and techniques!

Rachel Wyles

Got married last Sunday, 2 weeks before was let down by my make up artist.... Someone recommended Suezanna who agreed to do it at short notice with no make up trial I dont wear any make up, and hadn't liked my previous trial, so wasn't sure what to expect Well I was blown away with how Suezanna made me look...Had my make up done at 9.30 in the morning and when I went to bed at midnight, it still looked as good as when I 1st had it applied with not one touch up all day.. If I could have given 10 stars I would have...thank you soooo much

Siobhan Cashmore

The best Studio around!! Suezanna has put so much hard work into her studio to make it the best, it's so beautiful!! She is such a lovely person and her passion for hair & make up is incredible!! Xx

Bayleigh Gibbs

I had a great experience with Make My Day. Suezanna was amazing. Lovely, friendly and listens to what you want and helps make it work! I had a mini nightmare with my wedding hair and we worked through the options on the day - nothing was too much trouble! Thank you

Ellie Birch

Suezanna did my make up for a Christmas party and I had so many compliments I lost count! She really put me at ease and did the make up to suit my dress and style. I can't recommend her enough! Thanks again xx

Verity Rule

Suezanne done my bridel make up and bridesmaids!! I was absolutely over the moon with the results of her talent!! I'm not one for make up but on my special day she made me feel 100 dollars!! I highly recommend her she's a very talented lady xxx

Emma Jane Pugh

Suezanna is absolutely amazing at her job very professional friendly and welcoming. the salon is amazing you should be so proud of yourself well done xx

Natalie Bye

I was a bridesmaid last weekend and I couldn't decide if I wanted my makeup done professionally or do it myself. Suezanna agreed to do my make up on such short notice. She was very friendly and easy to talk to. I was completely confident in what she was doing. I loved the make up that Suezanna used. My make up was applied around 10am and it was perfect all day, I didn't have to do any touch ups throughout the day. If ever I want my makeup doing professionally again I'll be sure to send Suezanna a message

Tanya Payne

I had a makeover by suezanna and she made me a princess. Wait a minute that is my name...

Princess Miriam Adams

Thank you for the amazing Bridemaid hair you did for myself and my 5 fellow bridesmaids . It was the best hair up do I have ever had it lasted all day ( even with high winds and rain). Would highly recommend you to anyone for their wedding or special event ! Xx

Hannah Jhutti

My friends bought me a make up lesson as a birthday treat. The wonderful Suezanna was good fun and helped make us look truely fabulous with tips and tricks I had never tried before. Will definitely recommend and no doubt be back for more lessons or make overs.

Katy Morrison

Massive thanks to suezanna for giving me princess hair for my little boys christening, it took the stress out of getting ready and I was able to relax while having a good gossip! Would definitely recommend.

Maddie Fell

Absolutely loved my spray tan for holiday! Suezanna was really professional and made me feel really comfortable. Colour was amazing would definitely use again and would recommend to anyone.

Sarah Donald

Make up lesson by Suezanna at Make My Day fully recommend! I found Suezanna online and enquired for Make Up Manic Mandy's birthday girlie day. We all had a great experience from start to finish and learnt a lot of new techniques. Suezanna instantly made us all feel comfortable, she was easy going, professional and went the extra mile to make sure we all got everything we could from our tutorial. She kept in touch from the date of enquiry to make sure the lesson was tailored to exactly what we wanted from the experience and left with 5 very happy customers! Would definitely book with Suezanna again! Xx

Stephanie Mowat

I was a bride last Saturday and Suezanna agreed to be my make up artist she did a fantastic job with my make up and some of bridesmaids had their make up done with her to they also looked wonderful. She provided us with wonderful service and she is so friendly and lovely to talk to I would recommend her to anyone. All the best with your future business suezanna thank you for everything my husband was gobsmacked xxxxx

Antonia Malin-Graham

Suezanna is an amazing makeup artist and hairstylist. She's made me feel amazing on a couple of occasions and I highly recommend her services x

Celia Christie

Great creative to work with, created the exact look I was looking for for a recent photoshoot!

Skyla Round

Suezanna did my make up for my friends wedding and I loved it, I had so many compliments on it too. Definitely recommend. Xx

Lisa Shield

Thoroughly recommend. Spent 2 hours getting tips which were very helpful and another session having my make up done for an event - enjoyed both visits and looking forward to taking my daughter to have her make up done for her prom.

Nicola Enoch

Thank you so much Suezanna for doing mine, my bridesmaids and the mothers makeup for our wedding on 11th June 2016. You were amazing and even though a dog bit you the day before, you didn't let my girls or I down and we all looked fantastic! I believe my bridesmaids have even liked your page! Xxx

Siarrad Hunt

Make My Day is a great place, full of personality like its owner Suezanna. Was there as part of a hen party and we all had a great time getting pampered, we were so well looked after. Such a cool place to hang out too! Highly recommend! Thank you!

Elodie Preston

Thank you so much for doing my lashes! They are fab and really natural. Cannot fault them. Will definitely be recommending

Heather O'Sullivan

Thank you so much for my beautiful hair and make up on my wedding day, you made me feel and look wonderful!! You're so lovely, and helped me feel really relaxed :) definitely recommend you to anyone, you were really accommodating, kind and generous!! Thank you xx

Tasha Westgate

I recently did a Smokey Eye masterclass at Make My Day and it was the best money I have spent in a long time. Suzeanna was lovely and friendly, very talented and very knowledgeable. The lesson moved at a good pace and although we were all there for various reasons, I think the whole class learnt a lot. We were able to ask lots of questions and I have gained more confidence and a new found love of make up. I will be going on a big make up spending spree soon and practising the techniques we learnt. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone and I will be looking out for more courses that Suzeanna will be doing.

Jane Dashwood

Booked in early Thursday Morning to have my hair put up by Suzanne for my friends wedding and she couldn't have been any nicer! She fixed my fascinator and put my hair up perfect! By the time the night time came round and my fascinator came out my hair was still perfectly in place! Will definitely be coming back xx

Christy Leigh Dubberley

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