After intensively combing through Instagram and Pinterest for bridal inspo, you probably have a fair idea of how you want to look on your wedding day. The obvious next step is to find a makeup artist who can recreate what you have in mind and doll you up to look like the best version of yourself.

But before you book your bridal makeup artist, there are some important questions to ask her. First off, you need someone who makes you feel comfortable and confident about your wedding day look. So, apart from the mandatory makeup trial, you need to ask your potential makeup artist these questions during the initial consultation to ensure that there are no surprises on D-day.

questions to ask when hiring a bridal makeup artist

Do you have a portfolio I can look at?

Why it is important: You must always look at the person’s work, be it their Instagram profile or traditional portfolio, before hiring them. This will help you get an idea of their level of skill and the kind of looks they specialise in. It will also make narrowing down your options a lot easier.

What are the services you offer?

Why it is important: Always ask the makeup artist you have shortlisted if he/she provides all the services you are looking for. An average bridal package consists of makeup, hair styling and saree or dupatta draping. However, you can also enquire if they offer any special bridal packages with selective services.

questions to ask when hiring a bridal makeup artist

What are the different types of makeup you offer?

Why it is important: Usually wedding makeup is of two types, HD and Airbrush. If you already know the type of makeup you prefer, convey this to your MUA well in advance. But if you have no clue, don’t worry; consult your chosen makeup artist and ask them what would be better for your skin. Airbrush makeup is perfect for brides with oily skin, whereas HD makeup is ideal if you want a softer, natural look.

What kind/brand of products do you use? Is this makeup good for photographs?

Why it is important: You may not always know or recognise the brands used by pro artists, and that’s okay. What you’re really looking for is to exclude any artists who use one specific brand exclusively. A professional makeup artist knows very well that no one brand does everything “right” for every person or situation. Select an artist who can change products to fit your needs and your skin.

questions to ask when hiring a bridal makeup artist

Do you have a team of assistants?

Why it is important: Depending on the number of people included in your wedding party, a single makeup artist may not be enough. Therefore, you may need a makeup artist that works with one or more assistants. A makeup artist with a team will be able to concentrate on just you, while the team can work on the rest of your party. This will minimise the time it takes for everyone to get ready. Win-win!

Will you bring your own products or will I be responsible for supplying them?

Why it is important: If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, then you may want to steer clear from certain ingredients, brands or products. Beauty professionals usually use their own (clean) brushes unless you ask them to use new brushes and tools. If you want them to use brand new tools, make sure you communicate that earlier on.

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