Lots of people ask me “what makes a good bridal make up artist?”
Just about every teenager with a makeup bag and an instagram account thinks they’re a MUA these days, so it can be quite difficult to suss out just who is providing a quality service. Here’s a few things to look out for.
- Is your MUA properly trained? A professional MUA will have attended proper certified training courses and should be able to produce evidence of this.
- What’s the MUA’s approach to hygiene? Her kit should be immaculate, she should use fresh, clean brushes for each client and she should NEVER dip her brushes directly into her palettes then apply the makeup to your face, as this creates a huge risk of cross infection. All makeup products should be decanted first. This is an absolute hygiene basic and is the first thing a properly-trained MUA will learn.
- Does your MUA have public liability insurance? No MUA should be trading without a valid certificate of insurance in place.
- Has she carried out a proper consultation and made written notes? Your MUA should check for any medical conditions, any skin or eye infections, sensitivities and allergies, and these should be noted on your consultation sheet.
- A good MUA will spend half an hour so just asking questions and listening to what you really want. This will help her to get an idea of your personality, your style, and what sort of makeup look you’re comfortable with and want to achieve. She’ll also give practical advice about what will look good in your wedding photos. I’m often the 2nd or 3rd makeup artist a bride has consulted – frequently the previous MUA just hasn’t listened to what the bride really wants, or just applies the same “standard look” to everybody, whether it’s what the client actually wants or not. Clients often complain that other MUAs have simply applied way too much makeup. You want to look radiant not like you’re heading out for a nightclub allnighter.
- What sort of products does she use? An experienced MUA will have a broad range of products, from high-end ranges like Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, YSL, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass and Urban Decay BUT she will know expensive products aren’t always necessarily the best, and she will have some high-street or drugstore staples in her kit too. I find that it’s best to invest in high-end foundations, but the rest of my kit is a mixture of all of the above plus Kiko, Sleek, Revlon, Benefit and countless other brands!
- Have you seen examples of her work? Does she have testimonials from other clients? Is there a gallery page on her website? Does she undertake other sorts of makeup work too – eg magazine work, editorials, photoshoots?
- Take a look at your MUA’s own makeup. Is it perfectly applied, is the foundation the right colour or is she bright orange? That’s a pretty good guide as to how your makeup is going to turn out!
- Speak to friends and relatives for recommendations. I’ve worked with so many clients who’d previously been bridesmaids or guests at weddings where I’d done the bride’s makeup.
- Ring her up for a chat; a professional MUA will be willing to spend a good deal of time answering any questions you may have and providing general advice.
I hope you’ve found this helpful. Do get in touch with your comments and questions. If you’d like a personal consultation, you can get in touch via the contact page.