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).Image credit: BMPro (Nigerian Makeup Artist)
#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.
- SEE Before and After Bridal Makeup from 11 Top Nigerian Makeup Artists (give idea of best artists to hire for your makeup)
- Learn How to Do Makeup Yourself from Scratch Like a Pro (Video Tutorial)
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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