What to Look For in a Makeup Artist for Your Wedding

Everett wedding makeup artistA woman’s wedding day is incredibly meaningful and important. Sometimes, the planning involved can be complicated and stressful.

One of the things that the bride should not have to worry about is looking immaculate and beautiful on her wedding day. This is where the importance of choosing the right makeup artist comes in. Not all makeup artists are of the same quality. You will want to make sure your makeup artist is experienced, personable, professional, and skillful. Consider these key things when looking for a makeup artist for your wedding.


There is no better resume for a wedding makeup artist than her portfolio of past clients. A portfolio is a collection of photographs that show what kind of work he or she has done in the past. This is an invaluable resource for future brides. It clearly displays not only the quality of work that the makeup artist is capable of, but also the range of styles and looks that he or she can create.

Not all brides want the same look on their wedding day. Some may want a dramatic look with heavy makeup and others may prefer a more light-handed, natural look. Consult your prospective makeup artist’s portfolio to make sure that they can do a wide range of different looks. You want to have options to choose from.


Past clients are another useful resource when looking for a wedding makeup artist. Do you have any friends or acquaintances who have used a makeup artist recently? Ask them about their personal experience and if they would recommend their makeup artist. If the artist is talented, professional, and easy to work with, then former clients will have plenty of positive things to say. However, you will likely want to avoid any makeup artist with negative reviews or zero referrals. This is an indicator that the person is unprofessional or just untalented.

Makeup Trial

Once you have decided on one or a few potential makeup artists, schedule a makeup trial or rehearsal with them. This is standard practice and one that the artist should agree to.

This trial is a chance for the two of you to get to know one another. You can talk about what you want and expect.

You can also talk about fees and schedules. Most importantly, you see what kind of makeup look you will have on your wedding day.

The makeup trial is also a great time to judge a number of other important things about your prospective wedding makeup artist. Consider the quality of their makeup and tools. Is it high quality or budget material? Skillful professionals will come to the makeup trial armed with top-notch makeup and brushes. Amateur makeup artists with low quality materials will likely only be able to give you a mediocre makeup look at best. Also consider their punctuality.

The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is if your makeup artist will be there on time. If they come to your trial late, there is a likelihood that they may show up to your wedding day appointment late as well. This can be disastrous as pictures and the ceremony will end up being late as well.

A bride’s wedding day should be filled with love, romance, and joy. Looking flawless and feeling stress free is a key part of a successful wedding celebration. Having a good wedding makeup artist is an important part of making sure the day is carefree, beautiful, and memorable.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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