Tip #1 Book in advance: Ok so booking your MUA as soon as you get engaged may seem a little keen but trust me, MUA’s are usually booked up a year (some even 2 years) in advance. Plus it's another thing ticked off your long to do list. This will also give you loads of time for a trial to work out what look you want to go for!
Tip #2 Do your research: I cannot stress this enough! Researching the artist you want for your big day will give you an idea of their level of skill, style and speciality. Word of mouth is best - if you've been to a wedding and love the makeup, ask who did it! Look to see if they have a website, they will usually have a gallery of work they have done. Most also have a testimonials section where previous clients will leave reviews. Now lets talk money.. For a professional MUA you can expect to pay anything from £60 upwards (some may do special packages if you need bridesmaids makeup too). This may seem pricey, but don't forget you are paying for their professionalism, high quality products, skill, milage, insurance etc etc. I would be very wary of someone who charges £25/£30. In short, you get what you pay for. Lastly, you want to have an amazing morning getting ready so finding someone that you ‘click’ with is super important!
Tip #3 Trial: This is SUCH an important step, and any artist worth their salt will always suggest a trial. You will get to meet your MUA and try out the look you think you'd want to go with on the day. The MUA will talk you through the prep for the day i.e time of arrival, who will have their makeup done first, how long each person will take etc. My advice would be to wear a white top as this will give you a good idea of what the makeup will look like with the dress. Create a mood board (I am not talking sheets of cardboard with hundreds of magazine clippings). Pinterest is handy and has thousands of amazing images, bridal magazines also have images with makeup ideas, so just have a few good quality pictures ready. It may turn out that the super smokey eye you thought you wanted to go for actually is too smokey of your liking and you need another trial to try out another look. (This relates back to tip #1 - you'll still have ample time so no stressing if this does happen!)
Tip #4 Have a clear idea of what look you want: So as I've said, booking in advance is a good idea, but not if you haven't decided on your colour scheme/theme for the day. Have your mood board ready with clear images for the makeup artist. There have been plenty of times where the BTB has told me she wants a soft subtle look, then whips out a picture of Kim K at the grammys. Knowing what you want to go for will save you time and money (trials can also be pricey depending on what artist you book). My advice would be go with something that you feel 100% comfortable in, and take lots of pictures in different light once you've had the trial so you can look back and ask for other peoples opinion.
Tip #5 DIY: If your confident enough to do your own makeup on the day, I would 100% recommend booking a lesson with a professional MUA. Bridal makeup is very different from your usual day to day get up - it needs to last all day, look perfect in natural and indoor light as well as being photographed well. You can also book a lesson with a counter, but I would go somewhere like Space NK where they can cherry pic different brands to suit you rather than going with one brand for your whole face. Unless you love a certain brand and are super happy with their products, obvs. Start practicing months ahead and wearing the look for the whole day to see how it lasts, what works and doesn't work. On the actual day, give yourself plenty of time to get ready (lots of people will be popping in to see you, lots of toasts, drinking etc) and take a little makeup bag with you with some pressed powder or blotting paper (especially if your having a summer wedding - hello shiny face!) cotton wool buds to clean up any fall out from your eye makeup (fallout from tears - happy hopefully) and lipstick is a must. There will be an awful lot of talking/kissing/eating/
Do you have any tips for planning your wedding makeup? I hope you found this post helpful!