How to choose a wedding make-up artist according to a pro MUA

The four fail-safe tips you need to get it right

how to choose a wedding make-up artist

The four fail-safe tips you need to get it right

While some brides prefer to do their own make-up, the majority will rely on a wedding make-up artist for their big day.

But with so many out there, there's almost too much choice and it can be hard to navigate the sea of make-up artists to find the perfect one to suit your taste and what you have in mind for your big day. (Plus, they've got to know what they're doing.)

Weddings are a massive milestone event, so it's essential that you choose right – that's why we sought out the best of the best to advise you on the matter.

Below Amy Conway, Bobbi Brown PRO Artist, shares her top four tips for picking out that all important bridal MUA. Whatever your wedding budget, these are the secrets to success...

Do your research

'When it comes to choosing your wedding make-up artist, find a style that you love. All make-up artists have that signature style, whether it's glowing skin or stand out eyes, so meet with a make-up artist who creates the looks you love and reflects your own individual style.'

It's totally acceptable to Instagram stalk!

'Nowadays, Instagram can be a portfolio for make-up artists so you can see their previous bridal work. If you're scrolling and just loving everything you see – meet with them! You can also use this as a tool to pick out your favourite looks that the make-up artist has created.'

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Calm is key

'Go for someone that makes you feel calm, it's a great trait to look out for when choosing your makeup artist. They would have played a part in a wedding morning many times before, so their job is to not only make you feel and look amazing, but to also keep you calm while they have you in their hot seat.

how to choose a wedding makeup artist


'I've had many brides through recommendations, but what's beautiful about it is that you get to know their families and friendship circles well.

For a bride, it feels like you know that make-up artist a little more too, which just allows you to be comfortable with them and will make the wedding morning go even more smoothly.'

With these tips under your belt, you're sure to find your perfect professional make-up match.

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Lucy Abbersteen
Beauty Contributor

Lucy is a freelance beauty editor and contributor at Marie Claire, and has written for titles including Glamour, Refinery29, Popsugar, woman&home and more. She was previously Marie Claire’s junior beauty editor. During her career, she’s covered everything from backstage beauty at fashion week to interviews with famous faces like Drag Race royalty and Little Mix. As for her beauty ethos, she’s a big advocate for not having to spend a fortune on beauty products to get good results, and when she’s not got beauty on the brain you’ll find her reading or hanging out with dogs.