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  • Writer's pictureKristen Rocco

What to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Day Makeup Artist

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Makeup artists vary in so many ways. We all have different aesthetics, style of makeup looks, and customer service. And it should come as no surprise that the experience of the artist is a huge element in how to choose the right wedding day makeup artist.

How long a makeup artist has been working on her craft will have a direct impact on her customer service, skill set, and fees. A newer makeup artist will most likely have less perks for her customers and a lower fee. If you want a makeup artist with all the bells and whistles, go ahead and go with a more seasoned artist. You will get more service, but you will pay for it as well.

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Recommendations When Choosing a Makeup Artist

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  • Never book a wedding day makeup artist who works without a contract. This makes her legally bonded to you for your requested service and day. (Read all contracts fully before signing.

  • Book your wedding day makeup artist six months or more before your wedding. Artists in high demand are hard to book on short notice.

  • Decide if you want a budget service or a luxury experience. This will dictate customer service and fees.

Sample Questions

You know the saying “an educated customer is our best customer?" Well that saying rings true with makeup artists as well. Having a good understanding of what you want from a makeup artist, and knowing she can deliver that is what this process is all about. Here are some sample questions that can help you formulate your vision and can help you narrow down the right artists.

  • What is your makeup style?

  • What do your services include?

  • Do you do traditional and/or airbrush makeup?

  • How long have you been a makeup artist?

  • Are you insured?

  • Do you use a contract?

  • Do you require a retainer fee? – If so, what is guaranteed when my retainer fee is paid?

Kari Roberts does wedding day makeup

How to Choose The Right Wedding Day Makeup Artist Download

This is just a sample of how to find the right makeup artist. For a full list of 20 questions to ask your potential wedding day makeup artist, simply click here.

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Kari Roberts is a mobile makeup artist based out of Atlanta, GA. She provides an on-location pampering experience – traveling to her clients to enhance natural beauty and give her clients a boost of honest confidence for special occasions and weddings. Over the 5+ years of being a makeup artist she has been mentioned in blog and RuffledBlog and been a guest on both the She Creates Business and Journeys in Business Podcasts. She has won Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards for 2015, 2016 and 2017. She has found her niche of doing natural beauty where "beat face" is all the rage. Kari will make you look like you - only better! Learn more about her wedding day makeup services at

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