OK, ladies, gather ‘round because we’re talking wedding day beauty today! Before hiring the pros to come in, it is always best to have a set of questions before making your final decision. To make sure you look your best on your wedding day, we turned to some of the top DC-area wedding makeup artists to ask for their pro advice on what to ask before hiring a makeup artist, and we’ve got all the bases covered! Here is what some of the top local professionals had to say… (Also—be sure to tag us in your wedding planning photos on Instagram using the hashtag #loveunitedwithlove!)

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What you should know before hiring a makeup artist…

Make sure to have a copy of your contract to verify pricing and terms? – Barbara, owner of Bridal Artistry

Ask about their sanitation policy! A true professional will be able to give you their sanitation practices, such as cleaning brushes in between clients; utilizing a pallet for their products and not the back of their hand; sanitizing their metal implements, etc. Makeup is an especially personal service so you will want to make sure you are aware of how clean your artist is. – Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

How would you describe your bridal makeup style? – Carolyn, owner of Modern Bridal Studio

Find out if they work alone, or are if there other makeup artists on the team. – Barbara, owner of Bridal Artistry

What to know about your trial session…

How does a trial work if I am unsure of the look I would like? – Carolyn, owner of Modern Bridal Studio

An experienced makeup artist usually uses a mixture of product lines, as it is very rare for any one makeup brand to do everything perfectly. Usually one brand will have fantastic foundation products but their mascara isn’t the best. They should be using a mixture of high end and private label brands.  –Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

What to know about your artist and your makeup…

Find out about the artist’s experience in doing vintage looks/very natural makeup/sensitive skin/tattoo cover-up. – Barbara, owner of Bridal Artistry

Are the products waterproof? – Carolyn, owner of Modern Bridal Studio

Ask about airbrush vs. traditional makeup application. This is important because you should be receiving the type of application that is better for your skin type. One type of application is not better than the other, they are just different. Some clients have skin that is better suited for one vs the other. If your makeup artist trash talks a certain type of makeup they may be mis-educating you because they want you to book just what they offer. [Some makeup artists only offer traditional and may do this so that you book with them] Other times an artist may upcharge airbrush makeup and could down talk traditional makeup so that you spend more money. Just make sure that you are educated on the type of makeup you need and try to find an artist that charges a fair price for both. – Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

What to know about your wedding day…

Each company has a different policy towards their touch up options. You will just want to be educated so that you can either purchase the color they have used. Some companies also offer free lip touch ups included in their makeup services! – Alison, owner of Alison Harper and Co.

Does the time of day effect the makeup application for the event day? – Carolyn, owner of Modern Bridal Studio

For a bride + (# of bridesmaids), ask how many makeup artists will need to come to get everyone done in (X) hours prep time? – Barbara, owner of Bridal Artistry


Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

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