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just a matter of preference. Do you LIKE makeup and are you COMFORTABLE doing it on your own? For me, I knew I probably needed some help. Can you imagine me, being the basket case that I was on my wedding day, trying to apply FALSIES?! YIKES! I would have arrived to my ceremony with one eye superglued shut! I was WAY too busy and nervous to apply my own makeup and fake eye lashes! I’m really thankful that I had some help! However, for some girls, they LOVE applying their own makeup and they would rather take matters into their own hands on wedding days!

But, if you’re anything like me and you could TECHNICALLY do it yourself but you’re pondering the idea of hiring a makeup artist, here are some things to think about! :



1. You want to look more formal than your engagements. Engagements are supposed to be casual and not overly formal but a wedding is a little different!

2. You’ll be wearing white! So adding a bit of blush and lip color will make sure you aren’t washed out by your dress! Makeup artists can add color without making it look “over the top”.  

3. It lasts all day. Professional makeup is made to LAST! The last thing you want is to have eyeliner smudges on the corners of your lids or under your eyes during the reception. Makeup artists (especially airbrush) use makeup that is meant to stay on for hours! :)

4. Professional makeup emphasizes bone structure. When a bride has GREAT wedding makeup, it accents her greatest features! … And that is GREAT for the bride’s photography too! I mean, what bride doesn’t want to accent her greatest features?!

5. You’re going to be nervous…some of you more than others. Even if you don’t FEEL nervous, being responsible for your own wedding day makeup can be an extra stress for some brides. I have had plenty of girls that felt more comfortable doing their own and I totally understand that! However, if you’re a bride that isn’t a makeup pro and you know you’ll need a little assistance, hiring a professional makeup artist is a smart move!


** Something else to consider is having your hair and makeup done for an ENGAGEMENT SESSION!! But that’s for another blog post:) **
And ps. Speaking of Makeup… I just splurged on this… and I’m praying it was worth it! Any of you love it?
xoxo, Katelyn
14 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. Abby Grace reply

    Ahhh this is so good! I’ve been planning to do a “why you should probably hire a professional MUA” vlog, but this pretty much pWns what I was going to talk about. And I don’t have that particular make-up palette but I bought a similar one from Ulta and I LOVE IT! So many different looks and styles in just one box- definitely worth it! Just be sure to use the primer :)

  2. Sabrina reply

    Awesome! The less you have to worry about on your wedding day, the better (within reason of course). I’m NOT a make-up person. If I put on eyeliner myself, you know it’s a fancy event (or a costume party). So, hiring someone to do my makeup for my bridal portraits and the wedding was pretty much a no-brainer. And, lucky for me, she did my hair too :-)

  3. Kelcey reply

    Katelyn, when you photographed Kelsey Haynes and Dan Newman’s wedding this was the makeup I used on her and she looked fabulous! It stayed on all day and didn’t need much touch up. I loved the NAKED line and think it’s some great stuff. The beauty of this stuff is that you don’t need much of it and there is no need to pill it on your eyes because it already covers so well. You won’t be disappointed!

  4. Stephanie reply

    Any recommendations for airbrush artists (preferably affordable and who will come to me!) in RVA?

  5. Laura Moretti reply

    Thanks for these tips Katelyn!!! Any advice helps when planning a wedding, especially when it comes from such a wedding industry professional! I love your blog and can’t wait for the next post :) Also I have that Naked pallet and it is just wonderful! And it’s lasting a lonnnng time so it was definitely a good investment :)

  6. Katie reply

    i will absolutely need a make-up artist on my wedding day! i struggle with my own just when i’m getting dressed up :( i’ve had it done by a professional twice for weddings and it was amazing. are there any in the richmond area that you would recommend?

  7. Emily reply

    So true! Not just because its what I do (well maybe), having hair and makeup professionally done well will make you more confident and relaxed. Professional makeup application is meant to hold up and photograph beautiful every hour of your special day. And you know how much I LOVE the Naked palette, it makes a regular appearance on my blog. The original is perfect for almost everyone and gives you so many choices. The Naked2 palette is very pretty but has a much cooler tonal shade range so its looks best on specific skin tones. Bridal portraits or engagement portraits are a great time to do a trial run and see how you mesh with your artist and how the work photographs. If you really want to do it yourself, have a professional makeup lesson so you are totally prepared to go the DIY route like a pro.

  8. Tiffany Sigmon reply

    YESSS! I had a gift certificate from Christmas to finally spend the money and get new make-up. I got the same Naked pallet that you got and I LOVE IT! I definitely spent MUCH over the amount of my gift card that day. haha I hope you love it!

  9. Faye Bernoulli reply

    Amen, sista! Another reason is that professional MUAs KNOW what looks good on camera!

  10. Megan Lesley reply

    Also, having a MUA is a great way to feel PAMPERED on your wedding day and feel like a princess! xx

  11. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    Ali Wear!!! I’m SO glad you got to work with her!!

  12. Blythe K reply

    Are there any professional makeup/hair vendors you would recommend? I have been looking but I’m not sure what I’m looking for.

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  14. Tatyana reply

    Awesome suggestions! The wedding day make-up always looks “heavier” than the bride’s comfortable with in person, but when photographed it’s downplayed and comes through as an extra special look!

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