Hiring the Right Makeup Artist for Your Wedding Event

Getting married soon? Avoid planning that special day at the very last minute! There’s a lot to consider when planning a wedding event. Since it’s likely to be the most expensive event of your life, you need to plan it carefully, and that includes hiring the right makeup artist (MUA).

Sure, you need to do a lot of research on finding the perfect venue, photographer, wedding theme, entertainment, dinner menu, and of course, a wedding gown. Whatever it is, everything needs to be coherent. For example, if you’re looking to have a gold-theme wedding, then everything needs to be in shades of gold, if possible — so is your makeup.

That’s when a makeup artist comes in. Your MUA can help you get the look you want. If you like, you can even look like Cleopatra or a Greek goddess on your wedding day!

But before you get all excited about it, first, you need to know what to research about when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding event.


First thing’s first, set your budget. You don’t want to go over-budget as it’ll impact the rest of your wedding preparations — maybe even cause you more stress, too.

Different makeup artists have different rates. There’s no point approaching a makeup artist whose service you cannot afford. Unless you have the luxury to be flexible with your budget in other areas.

Your makeup artist pricing is determined by several different factors such as the:

  • Number of times you need their services.
  • Amount of time required for them to be with you on your wedding day.
  • Number of different makeup looks you need.
  • Level of difficulty for doing the makeup look you want.

Or if you need additional accessories or special makeup effects.

Your MUA’s pricing may also vary by the experience they have — if they have a reputation for creating unique, gorgeous looks, then they’ll likely charge a premium rate.


You may have friends and relatives who are already married before you. It’s easy to know when someone gets married these days thanks to Facebook new feed. Go around and ask them for recommendations.

Word of mouth is usually the most reliable way of finding the right makeup artist for your wedding beauty goals. Sure, there are many makeup artists out there to choose from and choosing the best one can be challenging. But at the end of the day, it’s all about getting the makeup artist who can give you exactly what you want.

Tip: Try browsing through your friends’ wedding photos. They’re likely already on Facebook or Instagram!

If you like what you see, then ask your friends for the makeup artist’s contact information. Go through the artist’s portfolio and read reviews given by their customers.

Before you even ask for the pricing, ask your friends how much they’ve spent on theirs. While pricing may differ by different needs, at least you can get a rough estimation of what you may spend.

Your Wedding Look

Your wedding theme usually has a strong influence on your makeup. So if you’re planning to have a gold-theme wedding, then it’s best that you have gold makeup.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you prefer to have a different color, it’s fine, too. Your makeup artist will advise you on what makeup colors (other than gold) are best suited to your wedding-theme.

Of course, you need to be clear about what look you want to have on your wedding day. This will be significantly helpful to your makeup artist. Besides, you will have full control of your makeup needs when you know exactly what you want.

So start getting visionary. Look around for bridal inspirations on magazines, Pinterest, Tumblr or Instagram. It’s okay if you don’t know what you want yet. But when you do come across something interesting, take screenshots of them. This will give you some guidance during a discussion meeting or trial with your makeup artist.

Your trial is very important. Use it to tell your makeup artist what your vision is. Whether you want a dramatic or a soft natural look, guide your makeup artist so they can help you achieve the look you have always dreamed of.

It’s always advisable to go for a soft natural look on your wedding day. But in most cases, brides always want a bit “more”. It’s fine if you want a bit more (I mentioned earlier that you can look like a Greek goddess if you want — it’s your day!) for your wedding day. You don’t necessarily have to stray away from your everyday makeup look.

Don’t be surprised if your makeup artist uses false eyelashes or fills in your brows!

Wedding Details

Before you book a trial with an artist, you need to know their availability for your wedding date. Also, you need to ask them if they’re able to accomodate their service for other important members of your wedding event like your bridesmaid, flower girls and closest family.

Of course, this will affect pricing, timing and the number of makeup artists needed. Plan this carefully to prevent hiccups on your wedding day.

You might wonder if it’s necessary for your other wedding members to go for a trial as well. I’d say that depends on your wedding needs. If it’s important and you have the budget to do it, why not?

Widen Your Options

Yes, shop around! Bargain if you can. Even if you’ve already found a makeup artist you like, don’t hesitate to try out with other artists as well. You might found someone better, who offers you a better price or package.

But you don’t want to spend too much time hunting. You need time for other wedding arrangements as well. If you do your research well enough, you should be able to find the right makeup artist after just a few consultations and trials.

This might not be important for some people, but deciding who to hire to do professional makeup for you is important if you’re planning on a destination wedding. If you have a destination wedding, you need to have an arrangement with your makeup artist — how your MUA is getting there, if the trip is paid for, etc. Unless your MUA is around the corner, then you won’t have to worry so much about it.

What Brands or Products They Use

Take a look at the quotation you get. If it does not include the names of brands or products that will be used, ask them to provide you with this information. This is an important detail as it will help you do your price comparison better.

If the makeup artist uses the brands or products that you normally use, that’s great. If they don’t, then you need to research about those brands and products beforehand to see if you have any allergy with them.

Airbrush or HD Makeup

In case you don’t know the difference, keep reading to learn about it.

Airbrush makeup:

  • Sprays makeup on your face using an airbrush gun.
  • Creates smooth and more natural makeup on the skin. A good-quality airbrush is waterproof and sweat-resistant.
  • Especially great for people with oily skin.

HD makeup:

  • A high-definition makeup that creates flawless-looking skin.
  • Uses palette, brushes and sponges.
  • Covers up marks on the skin so that you look pretty even on the HD lens camera.
  • Is cheaper than airbrush makeup.
  • Recommended for all skin types.

I hope this article has given you an insight on what to research about for your wedding makeup artist. Once you’ve found the right one, enjoy the process, and smile as much as you can on your wedding day!