Finding a really good makeup artist is hard, especially these days that everyone is looking for cash here and there and every one and their sister and aunty and cousin is a makeup artist. As a bride, everyone will be staring at your face, at your makeup, and they will say ‘wow’ if it is fine BUT will gossip you if you look like a mini masquerade – and much of that depends on who you hire as your wedding day makeup artist. Although, we are seeing many brides paying to get their face madeup, but seriously many Naija brides don’t pay much attention to finding a professional, while some still end up with amateurs even when they tried to find a skilled Nigerian bridal makeup artist. So, how do you know the i-wan-be-makeup-artist types from the real deal, and avoid being used as a makeup practical by a learner who is looking for fast chop-money? Well, that’s what you’ll find out in this post.
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Steps to Choosing a Good Wedding Makeup Artist that Will Deliver
There are two main processes to finding a good makeup artist for your wedding or any occasion – (1) first you have to search and make a list of who and who to contact, (2) and then you have to select which one is the best-fit for you.
A: Where (and How) to Find a Skilled Makeup Artist: The Discovery Process
Most Nigerian brides travel to their villages for the traditional wedding, and it is not that cheap to transport a Lagos makeup artist outside their base. So, where do you start looking when you don’t know a single makeup artist in an area. Follow our steps below:
- Ask stylish people if they know or have used a good makeup artist that they can recommend to you
- OR Internet Search: Search in Google, Instagram or Pinterest for makeup artists in your area (for most of our readers, they would type something like: ‘Nigerian makeup artists or Lagos makeup artists);
- Track Record with Doing Bridal Makeup: Be sure that the makeup artist you’re considering has done a lot of your type of events – for most of our readers, they would be looking for bridal makeup artists, not those that have not done any or plenty wedding makeup for brides. Some makeup artists are better experienced with prepping the face of runway models or film actors or stage – and they may not give you the kind of look you have in mind. OR, put in another way: if you like light makeup and hire a makeup artist that usually does heavy makeup, you will hate your wedding-day face in pictures; same goes for a bride that likes full coverage makeup hiring a MUA that does light-handed makeup.
- Before and After Photos: Take a look at the before and after pictures of the artist’s past clients, from an event similar to that which you will be attending (for most of our readers, you want to see before and after wedding makeup pictures – maybe you are going to be a bride, or a wedding guest, or even the mother/ sister of the bride (or groom).
- Make a List of Who to Contact: Make a list of 3 to 5 makeup artists whose before and after faces look like the face you want on your wedding day.
HINT: Follow the above 5 steps to make a list of possible makeup artists you should contact. Follow the next steps to know what to do to pick the one that is right for you.
B: Sorting – Choosing the Right Makeup Artist
Once you have made a list of the good makeup artists out there, you have to choose one. Obviously, not all of them will be right for you. Here’s a guide to help you filter the good from the not-so-good list of makeup artists you compiled:
#1. Contact them one by one and TRIAL their work: The idea here is to interview them to see if you ‘vibe with the person; to ‘test’ their work on your face (before your big day) so that you can see if they do your style of makeup; see photos of brides they have done makeup for in the past; show them pictures of wedding-day makeup that you like and ask if they can try it on your face; and finally to ask about price and their availability on your wedding date.
#2. See Sample Works Before You Pay, NOT Try Before You Buy: How can you be sure that a makeup artist that claims to know his/ her stuff will give you a glam face? Testing with your money could mean a hit or miss BUT the surefire way to know is to see pictures of their before and after makeovers. If you have lots of spots from pimples or have tribal marks, you’d want to see before and after makeup showing where the makeup artist truly covered a client’s spots or tribal marks. You may also want to find out that they won’t over-paint you to look like a masquerade. Seeing previous works is the only way to believing before you pay or hire a makeup artist.
#3. Hire a Professional: Don’t Allow Anyone to Learn Work with Your Face: Allowing someone to do your makeup free – whether they are an expert or an amateur is risky. Well, except you want to risk your wedding pictures – most brides tell us that one of their biggest regrets is ‘the way their poorly-done makeup made them look in their wedding photos’.
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So, don’t allow a non-tried-and-tested makeup artist to ‘use your wedding face to learn work’. In fact, it’s safer to avoid hiring a friend or family member to do your makeup or photography, even if they say ‘free’ – just allow them to enjoy themselves as guests (because if they make mistakes, your wedding pictures will forever remind you and make you cry the rest of your life).
#3. Find the Right Makeup Artist for Your Type of Occasion: When hiring a professional makeup artist, find one that has done lots of the type of makeup you want – some makeup artists are good at bridals and not great at heavy, dramatic makeup, such as those worn by musicians – and vice versa. For example: if you’re a bride, hire a makeup artist who specializes in bridal makeup, and nothing less.
*Note that the best is not necessarily the most expensive. There are great makeup artists that don’t charge an arm and leg, and there are those that charge very high but not so good at the skill. So, ensure to make your final selection based on the makeup artist that charges what you can pay.
There are Pro Makeup Artists and there are Plenty Amateurs
I bet you that your hobbyist sister or stylish friend cannot give you a better face makeover than what you see in any of the before and after bridal makeovers here. Once you see a professionally done makeup, you would agree that it’s totally a bad idea to allow an amateur do your wedding makeup. Your wedding is only but one day, but the pictures would stare at you long, long after – either making you smile that you made the right decision to hire a professional makeup artist OR reminding you that you were stingy with paying a little extra to prep up your face.
One of the biggest put-offs at many Nigerian weddings is the bride’s face. She is either over-made-up, so much so that she looks almost like a masquerade or she has these long, dramatic fake eyelashes that scream “I am very fake” to the guests and heavy ‘pancakes’ powder (pancake is the Naija speak for tinted face powder). If you’re like us, the first thing that comes to your mind is ‘why did this bride leave her makeup to the mercy of amateurs?’ or could she not have bothered to learn how to do her makeup herself like a pro?
And, on the flip side, there are beautiful wedding makeup pictures of brides that wow us and cause our jaws to drop in appreciation.
Choose a Professional and Get Your Money’s Worth
Whether you’re going to be a bride soon or a wedding guest, choose a skilled makeup artist – our above steps will help. Most brides are afraid that if they hire a makeup artist, that artist will over-paint their faces and make them look like someone else (a mini masquerade). But that’s not true – it’s amateur artists that do that. If you like natural-looking makeup, tell your makeup artist and they will give you just that.They won’t put fake eyelashes on you if you don’t like – by the way, there are ‘original eyelashes’ and (almost) no one will notice it’s not your natural lashes.
The bottom-line is this – if you decide to pay to get your face done, find a skilled, practicing makeup artist by asking people. And be sure to do try them before your wedding day, to see if their makeup style is a good fit for you.
We always advice our brides that photography and makeup are two of things that are better left to professionals. You can do your own everyday makeup yourself but find a GOOD makeup artist to do your wedding day makeup.
RELATED: SEE Before and After Bridal Makeup from 11 Top Nigerian Makeup Artists (give idea of best artists to hire for your makeup)
Calling Nigerian Makeup Artists Who Want More Wedding Clients!
NaijaGlamWedding readers are mostly brides-to-be who are preparing for their weddings, and they frequently ask us for advice on names of good makeup artists we recommend they should hire. We want to give them a big list of artists in different Nigerian states, instead of naming just a few makeup artists. So, to help our readers quickly find great wedding makeup artists, we are building a big list of the best makeup artists in Nigeria.
So if you are a skilled makeup artist that caters to Nigerians (in Nigeria or abroad), we want to know you. We have a special ‘Wedding Vendors Club’ on Facebook – that’s where we point our readers to check for who to hire for their bridal makeup.
Recently, we featured before and after makeup photos from some of Naija’s best bridal makeup artists whose works literally made our jaws drop in excitement. We want to showcase more and more talented makeup artists to our brides-to-be, and we’d be checking our vendors club from time to time for interesting pictures and posts from Nigerian makeup artists and other wedding professionals – so click the above link to join now.
That’s it from us on how a brides-to-be or wedding guest can find and choose a professional makeup artist in Nigeria.
So, what ways do you use to find and choose a makeup artist. Let me hear it in the comments box down below – or just leave me any feedback or question.
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