Updated: Aug 1
1. What is your experience in bridal hair and makeup?
This should be a minimum of 3 years working specifically in the bridal hair and makeup industry.
2. Can I see examples of your previous bridal work?
You should be able to view their portfolio on their Instagram or website. Referrals from friends and family are also a good way to see their work up front.
3. How do you collaborate with brides to create a hair and makeup look that suits their style?
This is one of the most important questions to ask. You want the artist to be able to work with you and modify the style to your liking. You should have total control of the end results. Most of the time, brides come with images from Instagram or Pinterest as a guide of what they're looking for, but unless you are the person in the picture, the artist will have to tailor it to your personal likes and dislikes.
4. Can you suggest hair and makeup styles that will complement my wedding dress and theme?
You want the artist to be able to give their opinion on what your hair will and will not do, and provide you with the best options for both the dress and the weather for that time of year. This will also be based on your preferred way to wear your hair and makeup.
5. What products do you use and are they suitable for my skin type?
Based on my own experience, we have all the cult favorites, so it can be just about any top brand of makeup. But if you have an allergy, you should communicate that prior to the trial so that we can do a patch test or have you bring your own products that you know will not cause a reaction.
6. Can you accommodate a large bridal party, and how long will it take for each person's hair and makeup?
Most companies can accommodate any size party, but you will need to discuss this with the company so that they can plan accordingly. We typically allot 45 minutes to an hour for each client and an hour and a half for the bride for each service.
7. How do you ensure the hair and makeup stays put throughout the day and evening?
Hair prep is done the day before. You can read about how to prepare your hair so it will last on the wedding day. Skin prep at least 6 months before is also super important. You can read about 8 products for getting your skin camera-ready. If your hair is hard to hold or very fine, you'll want to read the Wedding Day Extensions (Guide). If you have problematic skin, you want to have a game plan in place.
8. What happens if I don't like the finished look?
You should speak up and give the artist a chance to make adjustments that are needed. If you don't think you're on the same page with them, you should probably look for another company.
9. How much will the hair and makeup services cost, and what is included in the price?
This information will vary from company to company, so you will need to inquire with them directly.