Wedding Makeup Artist Booking

Wedding Makeup Artist Booking

Booking a wedding makeup artist was the last thing on my mind until I got a phone call from my sister. I was heading overseas to San Francisco to attend my sister’s wedding in four months’ time. My sister and I spoke most weeks about how all the plans were coming along. But on this day, my sister rang me in tears.

The makeup artist she had booked had just flaked on her and she needed to find a new makeup artist pronto!

I was experienced in working with makeup artists as I was a photographer and I knew what to look for in an artist in my home town of Brisbane. I had a team of creatives that I could call upon and most offered a hair and makeup Brisbane wide.

But finding a makeup artist San Francisco based- now this was going to take a bit of detective work.

The first thing I did was to start Googling and 4 names popped up and the next step is what I love to do. Playing a makeup detective. I went through their portfolios to see the “real skin”.

As a photographer, I can see in more detail the makeup work applied tan what the makeup artist can see. I can see straight away when poor product choices have been used as it tends to sit on the skin or it changes the texture of the skin too much and this is especially obvious underneath the eye area. I promise you that less is more when it comes to trying to blend uneven skin tone or pigment.

Bridal Make-Up in Wedding Photos

Many makeup artist’s portfolios use unsuitable images. They are either too photoshopped or the work they do is not right for bridal photography.

Yes, Bridal makeup needs to last all day and It should be a matte finish with only a hint of shimmer or shine as this translates into shiny faces when photographing them and this leads to countless hours of me having to edit shiny sweating looking faces after the event.

I wanted my sister to have a makeup application that I knew she would love in real life and then love it when it was photographed.

Booking a makeup artist can be stressful for a bride not confident with how she looks. This is where a skilled makeup artist will know exactly how to bring out the best features on a face and help to recede the features that we don’t want to be so obvious and this takes a lot of skill and surprisingly a very light hand.

The makeup has to seamlessly blend in from the neck up and give an illusion of a balanced and youthful face.

The artist I knew that I wanted my sister to use was Tamra Marie. Her portfolio was exactly what I was looking for and her rates and contract was on point for her 20 years of experience as a makeup artist.

Tamra was contacted and her trial was booked in and to my relief. My sister loved the trial.

My job from a distance was done.

Now, all I had to stress about for the next 3 months as if I was going to get another call about a canceled wedding vendor.

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