From a professional photographer’s point of view, working alongside a professional makeup artist is an endless list of pros so I thought I should share a few of those reasons to help future brides decide on whether or not to hire a makeup artist for their wedding day. I personally get a sense of relief when I get booked by a client who understands the need to be prepped by a professional who knows their stuff.
Be camera ready and confident
Booking a professional makeup artist means you will be camera ready throughout the day as he/she will know what products work best for flash photography, as well as knowing how to blend in the right shades of makeup. There is little worse than having makeup done in the wrong shade, which is mismatched to the rest of the bride’s body. A professional makeup artist will have you looking camera ready in flawless makeup that stands out and lasts throughout the day even with all the dancing.
The natural look still requires makeup
I have worked with clients in the past who have never worn makeup in the past and wanted to retain that natural look on their wedding day but still look like a bride. That natural look requires the skills of a professional makeup artist to achieve not opting to go makeup free on your wedding day! A professionally finished natural look will have you feeling and looking yourself but still give you that added confidence you get from looking glam on your big day.
Quicker delivery of your wedding images
As any professional photographer will tell you, post-production takes up more time than any other aspect of wedding photography. While some photographers decide to retouch every single photo from your wedding day, this will definitely leads to a longer waiting period before you have your photos delivered, as this does not include the actual production time needed by the album company. Having the input of a professional makeup artist, coupled with good lighting and composition of course, will no doubt result in delivery time being cut down.
You get good skincare before and after your big day
Most professional makeup artists will offer a trial session with their bridal makeup package or at a small fee if you will simply like to try before you decide on booking. In this session you will most likely get tips and procedures on how to prepare your skin for your wedding day, tips you can carry on with your afterwards to maintain healthy looking skin. During this trial session you also get the chance to study your potential makeup artist to see if your personalities are compatible as one of the ways to having a positive attitude through your wedding day is starting off the day surrounded by people with the right attitude and energy.
You get what you pay for
I distinctly remember a wedding I photographed last year where I had to set my camera down before the reception and reapply the bride’s makeup because everything had wiped off, from powder to eyebrows to lip gloss, everything was gone. The direct effect of having a makeup artist who isn’t exactly knowledgeable in what products were right for the bride’s skin and did not take into account other factors like an emotional bride or the scorching Abuja sun.
When choosing a makeup artist, be sure to have seen some previous works from that person. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to makeup artists and while you may be on a tight budget, you should still go for someone with the right skills. On the other hand, just because a makeup artist charges a fortune does not mean they will be right for you and the look you wish to achieve on your wedding day.
In conclusion, hiring a professional makeup artist alongside a professional photographer gives you the best options for your wedding portraits so it really is a win-win situation when you hire both.
Tosin Pedro Studios offers both professional makeup and photography services and through the month of September will be offering Bridal makeup packages at a discounted rate for all weddings taking place in Abuja. Contact 08101682860 or firstname.lastname@example.org; instagram: @tosinpedro