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Choosing a Makeup Artist


Shannon Pringle is a qualified freelance Makeup Artist based in the Wairarapa, with a Diploma in Makeup Artistry and Certificate in Bridal Makeup. For more information visit

Shannon Pringle

Just like you spent time finding the perfect dress, you should be spending time finding the right makeup artist. Choosing a makeup artist can be an over whelming task for many brides. Qualified makeup artists are trained in makeup and have the skills, techniques and knowledge to create a variety of makeup looks that look great on and off camera. They sculpt our faces and highlight the best features while concealing our blemishes (maybe under eyebags too!), creating a flawless makeup look that lasts all day.

Why is a Makeup Artist so important?
Whether you are a makeup lover or not, having a makeup artist is a really important step to not be missed on your day. Even if you want to do your own makeup and do it well on a regular basis, makeup that will be photographed professionally and even with flash, is applied much different to everyday makeup.

Makeup artists are trained in using professional products along with techniques to ensure the makeup looks great on and off camera and lasts the whole day. The last thing you want is makeup looking shiny in photos, mis-matched foundation or sliding off the face before the ceremony. When it comes to cosmetic products, ingredients like SPF and silica don’t work well in professional photography as they can cause a white cast on the face. They are most commonly found in foundation and powders.

Questions to ask your potential Makeup Artist
Asking your potential makeup artist questions is important. You want to be assured they know what they are doing, and they can create exactly what you are after. Be sure to look at their previous clients work either on social media or they may have a portfolio of work for you to look at. Most makeup artists work and create differently so it’s important you like their previous work and it is the vibe you are envisioning. Ask them what products they use.

Making sure your artist is using professional and quality makeup products that will look amazing and last the whole day. After all that’s what you are paying for. Something else not to miss is asking about pricing. Things like false lashes aren’t always included in the price. Also, that way you can make sure you are keeping within your budget. Some artists require a deposit to secure the date so be sure to ask and when the remaining balance is due by.

Making time for a trial – with more than one Artist
Book a trial with your potential makeup artist. That way you can see what they are like, how they work/listen to what you ask for and if they make you feel comfortable and at ease. The last thing you want is to have someone who makes you feel uncomfortable on your wedding day. Book a trial with more than one artist if you can’t decide. Each artist has different styles and techniques they work with so during a trial you can see how they listen and interpret your vision and if they create exactly what you want. Take inspirational photos and pictures of your dress/accessories/hair if they are chosen as well.

Don’t forget the Mother of the Bride and Groom
Getting the makeup artist to add some glam to your mother and mother in law is such a nice and loving gesture. It’s nice to have them included in the process and you will be helping to make them feel their best for the day!


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