San Luis Obispo hair and makeup artist, Brit Tarr, shares 4 tips and things to consider when choosing your wedding hair and makeup artist and shares her best kept secrets on how to get the look that is true to you for your big day!
1. Start looking for your stylist early.
Check out a stylist's portfolio before you do a trial. Find someone that has the style you're looking for. Also find inspiration photos--the more commentary you can add about what you love or don't love about each look, the better. But keep in mind that your inspiration photo is inspiration and may not look exactly like the reference pictures you give your artist.
2. Bring important items with you to your trial appointment.
Bring any accessories or makeup you want to use on your big day to your trial appointment. Items such as a veil, jewelry, hair piece, or hair extensions. Or your signature lipstick, that makes you feel amazing. We recommend you doing a trial 2 - 4 months before your big day!
Day old hair will hold and style better than freshly washed hair. So throw in a bit of your dry shampoo and you'll be good to go.
3. Ask questions.
Ask your makeup artist what skin-prep treatments you should do before the big day. Such as: getting your eyebrows done, getting a facial (Ideally you should start getting facials about 6 months, but no later than 2 weeks before your wedding day!) Also, don't forget to tell your hair & makeup artist if you have any allergies!
4. Give Feedback.
Pay attention to what happens to your hair and makeup after the appointment, and let your hair and makeup artist know how it wore, if anything needs to be changed or taken into consideration.
Take pictures of your makeup throughout the rest of the day (some with the flash on!) to make sure your coloring is right and that we applied enough blush, etc. Don't be afraid to speak up if you see something that you're not happy with. You wont hurt our feelings, I promise! It just helps us create the look that best represents you!
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I like your advice about looking for a bridal hair and make-up stylist early to find someone who has the style I am looking for. My fiance and I plan on having an intimate civil wedding at my parent's estate in a beautiful spring garden wedding. I'll follow your advice and start looking for a reputable bridal stylist. Thanks.
Hi Levi! Congrats on your engagement! I am so glad that this blog post has helped you!