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  • Writer's pictureJacqueline Parker

How To Choose The Perfect Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist

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As professional hair and makeup artists in Perth, with hundreds of past bridal clients, we have seen it all when it comes to wedding beauty mishaps! One of the the most common complaints we see from Brides-to-Be is that their hair and makeup trial wasn't up to scratch (and are sometimes downright scary!), leaving them searching for another option last minute. Second to this, we regularly hear that despite booking months or even a year in advance, their stylist has double booked and is no longer available for their wedding date.

Both of these situations are completely avoidable from the get-go, with a little prior planning and legwork. By finding a reputable wedding hair and makeup company with a proven track record, you are more likely to nail the trial first go and can expect a reliable stylist who provides a seamless and enjoyable wedding day experience.

Here are our top tips to help you skip the drama of choosing the wrong stylist:

1. Ask for Recommendations: Nothing beats word-of-mouth referrals! Reach out to friends, family members, and other brides on social media wedding groups (like those found on Facebook) for recommendations on hair and makeup artists they've personally had a positive experience with. Ask them what they specifically liked about the service and if they might share a photo of the hair and makeup with you, to see if that stylist's work suits your own tastes.

2. Read Reviews: Take the time to read online reviews from past clients to get an idea of the artist's professionalism, skills, and customer service. Honest feedback from others can help you make an informed decision. Google and Facebook reviews are a good source for genuine reviews that have been generated by real clients and not 'faked' by companies.

3. Check The Stylist's Portfolio: Each and every stylist has their own signature style, and the best way to find one you love is to look at examples of their previous work. Try to find pictures of brides that have similar attributes to yourself, such as skin tone, ethnicity and hair length or type, to help assess if the artist can achieve your desired look. Some stylists are 'one trick ponies' - look out for these! You want to see a wide variety of looks on a diverse range of people, to give the best chance of them being able to deliver exactly the look you are after.

4. Request a Quote: For many Brides, budgets are a large consideration when choosing their hair and makeup artist. Once you've found a stylist you like the look of, request a quote for their services. Be sure it stipulates what is included in the price and service, for example: The number of stylists attending on the day, if false lashes are included or an additional charge, if there are any travel fees to and from your location, who is responsible for parking fees (if applicable), if there are any additional fees for early morning starts, and if a pre-wedding trial is included in the price.

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5. Schedule Your Trial: This one is a must! The last thing anyone wants is to hate their hair and makeup on their wedding day. While a trial may be viewed as an unnecessary additional cost, it can save you so much more in emotional distress if things go wrong on the big day.

Once you've received your stylist's quote, schedule a trial run. You may like to coincide this with your hen's party or kitchen tea. This will give you the opportunity to have a face-to-face consultation with your stylist, make sure you 'click' and have a good rapport with each other, ensure you are happy with the hair and makeup result, and to see how the hair and makeup holds up throughout the day. It is also a good time to seek friends and family member's opinions, and to practice touching up your hair and makeup as needed. Be sure to discuss touch up procedures at your trial, and see if a touch up kit is included or if your stylist can sell you some product for this purpose.

6. Discuss Your Vision: At your trial, clearly communicate your vision for your bridal hair and makeup with the artist. Bring photos of looks you like (a picture is worth 1,000 words!) and be open to their professional advice on what would work best for you. Post-trial, be sure to provide your stylist with any feedback about how the look wore and any tweaks or changes you might like to make on the big day.

7. Secure Your Hair and Makeup Artist: At this point, if you're happy with your trial and stylist, and you haven't already done so, make sure they are locked in for your wedding day and any required deposits have been paid. Be sure to read any booking terms and conditions or contracts carefully so you know exactly what to expect if anything strays from what was expected.

8. Confirm Your Stylist: Depending on your timeframe, it is a good idea to reconfirm your hair and makeup artist a month or so before your wedding day, and again in the week leading up. Whilst you have done your due diligence to find a reliable vendor, mishaps can still occur to even the best of us. There is nothing wrong with checking and checking again to be 100% sure all is locked in and good to go!

Are you currently planning your wedding? Now you know how to choose the perfect bridal hair and makeup artist, if you're looking for a reliable and experienced wedding hair and makeup artist in Perth, consider reaching out to us for a quote. Our team of professional stylists specialise in wedding hair and makeup services, and have created stunning looks for thousands of happy clients over the years. We only work with the absolute best in the industry, ensuring your experience is one you remember for all the right reasons!


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