Insider Tips from a Wedding Makeup Artist: Finding the Perfect MUA and Prepping for Your Big Day

Ah, the quest for the ideal wedding makeup artist! The search for someone who can bring your vision to life and make you feel like the best version of yourself on your special day. To help you navigate this important decision, we sat down with experienced wedding makeup artist Miranda, who shared her expertise and valuable insights. Read on to discover her top tips for finding the right MUA, preparing your skin, and ensuring your makeup lasts all day.

What do you love the most about being a wedding make up artist?

I love wedding makeup. It is not the only makeup I do but definitely of my favourites. It is an honour to be part of someone's very special day. To be able to transform my clients to look their best self is the best job ever! When they see themselves in the mirror and gasp because they love their makeup and notice features of themselves they didn't know they had, like super long lashes, or seeing their colour eyes pop, it is that final acknowledgement that they look and feel beautiful! Nothing beats that!

How can brides find the perfect makeup artist?

The key to finding your perfect MUA is to determine the makeup style you desire. Do you prefer a natural look or something more glamorous? A skilled MUA can deliver both, so be sure to review their portfolio to get a sense of their style and expertise.

Time Management on the Wedding Morning

There never seems to be enough time on the day of the wedding. To avoid feeling rushed and stressed, plan your schedule based on when you want to arrive at the ceremony or venue.

Communicate your desired departure time to your MUA, who can then ensure that the makeup is completed with ample time to spare. This allows you and your bridal party to relax, enjoy a drink together, and savor the moment before setting off.

How much does a wedding makeup artist cost?

The cost of a wedding makeup artist can vary depending on your location. In major cities like London, prices tend to be higher, while outside of London, the range varies. Generally, you can expect to invest between £100-£350 for professional wedding makeup.

The Importance of a Makeup Trial

A makeup trial is a must-do before your wedding day. It's an opportunity to experiment with different looks, colours, and styles, ensuring that you feel like yourself and love the end result. Use this time to discuss your preferences, dress choice, flower colours, and bridesmaid outfits, as every detail contributes to creating a cohesive and harmonious bridal look. Schedule your trial no later than six weeks before the wedding to allow ample time for adjustments.

How can brides prep their skin for their wedding day?

Glowing skin is the foundation of beautiful makeup. Start preparing your skin four to six months in advance by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, and focus on eating balanced meals while drinking at least two litres of water daily.

Consider incorporating foods that promote good gut health and introduce prebiotics and probiotics into your diet. Additionally, booking a series of facials can help slough off dead skin cells, promote a healthy complexion, and provide a relaxing self-care experience.

Inclusivity for All Skin Tones

A talented makeup artist should always be capable of catering to various skin tones. A trial and a thorough review of their portfolio are essential to ensure they have experience working with diverse clientele.

Any tips on making your wedding makeup last all day?

Your wedding makeup should stay put throughout the day without requiring constant touch-ups. However, it's wise to keep a few key products on hand for any necessary adjustments. A compact translucent powder is ideal for touch-ups, especially if you're getting married in the summer or have oily skin. Remember to refresh your lipstick or lip gloss periodically, and consider using face mists to revitalize your skin and makeup, especially in warmer weather. Your bridesmaids can help by keeping these essential products readily available in their bags.

Any final advice for our brides?

The most common feedback from brides is that the makeup application is the most relaxing part of their wedding morning. Embrace the opportunity to pause, breathe, and be pampered as you are transformed into a princess. If you're nervous about having your makeup done, remember that your wedding day is not an everyday occasion. Let your makeup define your features in photos and film footage, ensuring that your beauty shines through for years to come. 

Get to Know Miranda:

Miranda is a passionate wedding makeup artist with over 15 years of professional experience. Having worked in the fashion, TV, and editorial industries, Miranda's expertise extends to creating stunning bridal looks. Her favorite brands include MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, HourGlass, NARS, and Nyx, which offer a wide range of quality products. 

Get in touch

Whether you're still searching for your dream MUA or seeking advice to prepare for your big day, Occasion Queens is here to help. As part of our comprehensive wedding coordination service, we offer assistance in finding the perfect makeup artist and guiding you through the process. Our team is dedicated to helping you put together your wedding timeline and recommending top-notch suppliers, including talented makeup artists.

For more information or to inquire about our services, get in touch with Occasion Queens today! We can't wait to make your wedding dreams come true.