How could a photographer know about makeup artistry?"
It seems like an unlikely duo, but I am actually a makeup artist too! I know, I know, a little crazy but I honestly love doing photography and makeup equally. I do makeup as my other gig and for my portraits and engagement sessions, I am often if not usually doing my client's makeup.
Knowing both makeup and photography allows me to know exactly what products work best for photos so that's why I'm going to give you some tips on how to choose the right makeup artist for your special day.
Tip #1: Sanitization
This is HUGE. Makeup artists who go to school are pretty good about sanitization, however not every good makeup artist has gone to school and it's not required nor does it make them a better or not better makeup artist.
A good makeup artist should not double dip ANY product, not eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, concealer etc. Once it has touched your face it should never go back into their product. If they used the same product for everyone and they do 8 makeovers every weekend, that's a lot of contamination
Tip #2: Ask to see their portfolio
It takes a good makeup artist to have variety because it's tricky to work with different eye shapes and skin tones. There should be matching foundation of the face to the neck evenly across the board in their portfolio and a variety of ethnicities.
Tip #3: Airbrush doesn't always = professional
I've had the unfortunate situation of seeing a poor bride's makeup done by airbrush but be a completely wrong shade and improper sanitization take place. In addition, the bride was over contoured and looking a little oompa loompa. Now, of course, this may have been her desired look that she requested.
However, airbrush isn't everything. A good makeup artist can make the skin look incredible without the use of airbrush specific foundation. It's about technique and tricks that aren't taught on youtube.
Tip #4: Get the false lashes
Do a trial run, and get the false lashes. Lashes can be the difference between your eyes being seen or not seen at all in your photos. If you are afraid of wearing them, get a trial done or go to Sephora and ask for help in putting them on to practice. I do not suggest wearing them for the first time on your wedding day if done improperly can be uncomfortable, so it's important you feel comfortable wearing them because they look amazing!
Tip #5: Make sure they can make it last
There are certain makeup techniques to ensure that makeup lasts much longer than 3 hours. There are also other techniques for ensuring that makeup lasts in extremely hot heat. These are all questions you can ask your makeup artist, but a good professional makeup artist will ensure that you are well taken care of in these areas and that your makeup will simply not budge in any weather condition.
Tip #6: Makeup for photos is different than everyday makeup.
A professional makeup artist will know that when makeup is done for photos it will look different than average everyday makeup. This is because when a professional camera is used, some of the makeup may not appear in the photo, it "takes some off." So when having your makeup done professionally, you may feel that you are wearing too much makeup. However, rest assured that in your photos, it will look like a perfectly normal amount of makeup. Otherwise, the risk is that you will look washed out or pasty without the proper application.
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If you are in need of a makeup artist in Madison or Milwaukee I am happy to be of service. You can find out more about my makeup artistry services here.
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