How do you choose your make-up artist?
This might be a daft question, but how on earth do you go about choosing your make-up artist? I'm totally baffled as there are so many on Google and I just can't tell what makes a good one.
A friend of mine had her make up done professionally, recommended by a friend, and although I would never tell her this, on the day I thought her foundation was too dark for her and a bit caked on trying to disguise a couple of spots. Her photos look fab, but in person I didn't think her makeup was good and this is now haunting me and worrying that mine may turn out that way. She also said afterwards that the lady had done it totally different to how she had in the trial.
My main concern is that I want my skin to look as dewy and flawless as possible. I have had problem skin since my teens and am prone to spots. Although it's not bad at the moment (have just started a new Liz Earle regime) I just don't know how it will be on the day. I am also very very pale and it can be very hard matching foundation to my skin tone.
Having taken to Google, I've picked out three MUAs, sort of randomly. A lot have really bad websites, or rubbish photos so I've just discarded these to narrow down the search, but it could be that they are very good at what they do.
The first one I was drawn to, also describes herself as a skin care consultant and all her brides in her portfolio look really glowy and flawless. However, could it be that these ladies had naturally good skin to begin with? This MUA is also very expensive and I don't want to fork out she's never going to be able to get the same look with my skin. Another pro for her is that she uses Estee Lauder which is the only brand I've been able to find to match my skin tone. She also writes beauty columns and things so seems very professional. If budget wasn't an issue I'd probably just book her as she seems to be the most experienced, but feel a little guilty spending so much on my makeup.
Another lady looks pretty good, about £60 cheaper. Has a fancy website and good pics but it's so hard to tell what the makeup is like without seeing 'before' pictures, you know? Some look amazing, others look a bit over done etc (but that's probably what they asked for), but some people are blessed with a natural beauty and don't really need makeup and others need a little more help so I find it very hard to judge what makes a make up artist good!
Another lady I've found has a crap website, but the portfolio looks good (although not as extensive and quite a few are older brides) but she's half the price of the first girl and has lots of good testimonials.
I'm not local to where I'm getting married so I have nobody to recommend someone to me. My BM is telling me to do my own, but I know I'll get myself in a flap on the day, particularly if I have spots to try to cover, and while I'm confident doing my eye makeup, I don't think I could do my base well and have it stay all day.
So, how did you choose your make-up artist? Am I over thinking it and being daft? Any advice on how to choose would be hugely helpful, I want to get one booked asap. Not being local I can't go for lots of trials, plus that would get expensive anyway.
Or does anyone have someone they can recommend in Gloucestershire? Thanks for any help you can offer! L xx