Part 2: Shh…Secrets Your Makeup Artist Wishes You Knew

Last week we listed some things your hairstylists wishes you knew. Today: your makeup artist. Next week: your esthetician!

1) If you say “Do whatever you want!” you’d best mean it.


Just as you might expect of a creative in their field of expertise, your makeup artist has already formed an idea of what he’d do given free reign over your face. This is likely to look great, even if it isn’t a look you’d ordinarily pick for yourself.

But it’s OK…

If you have an idea, even a vague one that you may have trouble articulating, tell your artist. If you can find a picture, even better! If you’re not comfortable looking like whatever your artist thinks would look amazing, specify where your line is. Not smoky? OK. No bright lip? Deal. Just let him know.

2) Unless you’re in a makeup lesson, you probably won’t get to see a mirror until the end.

silver makeup mirror isolated on white.

It’s nothing personal. And it’s not like she’s trying to keep you in the dark. But yes, she’ll be blending that out. And no, she’s not going to let you go without concealer. And yes, she’s going to put lipstick on you.

But it’s OK…

There’s nothing wrong with making sure the look is on track for what you want. Ask the artist if she’ll show you after each step is finished. This helps you feel better, and helps her get what you want the first time, so neither of you feels as though she’s got to redo the whole look because of one thing. Monitoring the look as she works is probably not conducive to either of you ending up pleased.

3) A “makeup dupe” does not mean it’s the same product in a different package.

Color beauty blenders on a white background

There are lots of similar products, and types of products out there in the world. And no, you certainly don’t have to spend all your money on high-end makeup. But just because something looks like a beautyblender doesn’t mean it’s the same thing, and just because the color of Matte Lipstick A matches the color of Matte Lipstick B doesn’t mean they’ll give you comparable wear time or color payoff.

But it’s OK

Your artist would be happy to tell you where to save and where to splurge, for your specific needs. And they’ll be happy to tell you which cheaper options are quality for the price or if that cheaper price tag is justified. Don’t allow yourself to get suckered into spending a bunch of money on repeated tries of lesser brands when a one-time go of a higher-quality product will serve you better.

4) You definitely need a wedding trial.

Make up for bride

Make up for bride

You might be the calmest person ever. You might know exactly what you want for your wedding day. You might even know and trust the person doing your makeup. You still need a trial. I did my own wedding makeup…and I still did a trial. A lot of things can happen: maybe your foundation color is different than usual. Maybe she’s thinking soft greys and you’re thinking gold shimmer. Maybe you actually don’t look good in the lipstick you planned on wearing. These are things to discover before 9 a.m. on the wedding day.

But it’s OK

Many artists include the price of a wedding trial in their bridal pricing. (Some don’t, though, so if you’re unsure and she hasn’t specified, make it a point to ask.) It’s expected that a bride will want a trial, and not a makeup artist I know out there doesn’t recommend one. You should spend your wedding day feeling amazing, not stressed because you and your artist had a different vision for your face.

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