Questions to Ask Your Bridal Makeup Artist - 123WeddingCards

Who guises up as the most stunning at a wedding?

Of course – Bride! 

She is the one who is eyed by everyone. And why not – from her exquisite outfit to her fascinating looks, she is the one who is adored and appraised for her impeccable beauty.

Well, thanks to the makeup artist who refined her look with their expert skill set. However, finding the right makeup artist is not as easy as it seems.

If you are a bride-to-be or know someone, who is yet to finalize her bridal makeup artist, this article is for you! Unless you are not sure what you want, you are far away from making your D-day special as a bride.

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Here are the 11 questions to ask your bridal makeup artist before finalizing one:

1. Are you available on my D-Day?

This is the first and foremost question every bride-to-be must ensure to proceed further. If the artist is not available on a required day, there is no point to enquire further. In this case, look for other makeup artists.

2. What are your standard bridal packages?

Budget is the second most important consideration in finalizing your makeup artist. If the artist is beyond your budget, no point to discuss it further. But if he/she seems affordable, look for the services which are included in their offered packages. 

Makeup, hair styling, and dress styling are the three major services that are offered by most bridal makeup artists. Also, enquire if they offer special bridal packages for pre-bridal services. If yes! It could be an economical deal for you.

3. Can you work on-site and do in need to travel?

Often makeup artists do not mind traveling to your venue. But, heavy wedding seasons can hamper their flexibility for travel. If your makeup artist has a professional team and has the previous booking, working on-site for you is out of the question. 

When you travel, make sure you have enough time in your schedule to manage to and fro. Expect to invest more time when you visit the studio.

4. Do you have a portfolio?

An experienced makeup artist has extensive work to show. In this era of social media, look for their Instagram profile to have a glimpse of their previous work. That will give a fair idea about their skillset and specialization. If possible, enquire if they have some bridal booking before your D-Day. If yes, look for the opportunity to observe their work live.

5. Do you have any client references?

Relying solely on their social media and photo albums is not adequate. You would ask for their client references to know better about their work and professionalism. Ask your makeup artist for some client references which they have recently worked on to get unbiased views on their work.

6. What products are a bridal makeup artist going to use for makeup?

If you are allergic to products/ingredients, it is crucial to enquire about the brands that your bridal makeup artist is going to use. Enquire if the artist will arrange all the products their own or expect you to set out some from your end. Often you are asked to set out for hair accessories that suitable match your wedding dress. 

7. Do you offer any trial?

To ensure that everything goes smooth and perfect on your D-Day, you may request your bridal makeup artist to show up for a trial. That is the right opportunity to explain your expectations. It also gives a good glimpse of your artist's proficiency in meeting up your thoughts and hopes. Also, it helps in assessing the total time required to get ready on your wedding day – an important consideration. 

8. Do they have a team of assistants?

If you have a destination wedding, only a team of artists can attend guests along with you as a Bride. It is highly recommended to go for an artist with a professional team that can work on the rest of your party. It also helps in minimizing the time to get ready for everyone.  

9. Do you have any backup?

As the future is uncertain, this question is major to ask. In case if the makeup artist falls ill or has some other emergencies, do they have any backup plan for this? That is important to avoid any last-minute hassle. He/She should be able to arrange another make-up artist to handle such an emergency.

10. What are their payment terms?

Besides having an idea about their total package cost, it is equally important to know their payment terms and price-breakup for the various services. You may ask them to provide you with a list of services. Make a comparative analysis with other makeup artist's quotes if required. 

11. What are your refund policies?

Emergencies can happen to anyone. You cannot consider yourself as an exception. The best is to be prepared to handle such circumstances in the best possible way. Hence, if by chance you require to cancel with your makeup artist, you must have a fair idea about their refund policies. Most of the artists ask for 50% advance of booking and another 50% at the venue.

Once you get satisfactory answers to all the questions listed above, you are assured to be with the right make-up artist. Together, you will surely make your wedding day unforgettable. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you start a conversation with a makeup artist?

It is important that your makeup artist is comfortable with you and understands your exact requirements to get desirable results for your D-day. You can start with a warm conversation about yourself and her. Gradually, you can discuss the event, your preferred look, and some visual aids to make yourself precise and clear. Share your make-up routine and also mention the makeup allergies (if any). Keep the communication open with appropriate dialect to move forward on a positive note. 

How do I tell my makeup artist what I want?

Unless you will be precise and clear about your expected looks, things will be difficult for you and your makeup artist as well. Sharing your routine will help your makeup artist to understand the things in which you are particular. Try to show them your preferred look for an event by way of visual aids. Mention the elements which you dislike.

Things To Keep in Mind Before Selecting Bridal Makeup Artist

Makeup is one of the essential elements that make a bride more special. It makes everyone looks at you. And you do not want to spoil your special day. Therefore, to help you avoid making the wrong decisions and all the last minutes delays and chaos, we are here with a list of some important factors that you should keep in mind before you hire a bridal makeup artist for yourself.

  • Do Thorough Research – The selection of a correct bridal makeup artist is a tricky task. You do not want to give your face in the hands of someone whose make skills are questionable. If you desire to make a correct decision then do not miss doing thoroughly. Do detailed research about the bridal makeup artists and their services. It will bolster your confidence that you have chosen the right makeup artist.


  • Pre-Booking is Life Saver – As soon as you have your wedding day fixed, book your wedding makeup artist. During a wedding season, it is not possible to easily get a good make-up artist. Therefore, after your research as you finalize the one, book him or her for your D-Day. In this way, you could also learn about a complete idea of your package.


  • Meet & Greet – Try to set up a meeting with your bridal makeup artist. It is major to meet them in person as it will allow you to understand their vision and talent in person. 


  • Clear Doubts – You need to meet, and once you reach your bridal makeup artist, clear all your doubts and discuss with them all kinds of things such as the type of looks you want to don on your nuptial day, the hairstyle you prefer to carry, and the style that suits your wedding theme. It is also the time you could ask your wedding artists if they can recreate some magazine and celebrity-inspired looks.


  • Inquire for The Services – There are many bridal makeup artists, who include multiple services in their package. So, ask your chosen one about what all services will they include in your makeup package. We suggest you go for the makeup artist who starts telling about their services from scratch.


Finding a reliable bridal makeup artist is a daunting task. However, with adequate knowledge, you can surely find one for your wedding day. 

We hope these eleven questions will help you finalize a suitable makeup artist that will carve out the best version of you on your wedding day.

A wedding is a lifetime event that deserves this much effort from an adorable bride-to-be like you!

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