The Value of a Professional Make up Artist

If your anything like me, I don’t generally wear makeup. Usually a tinted moisturiser, a swipe of mascara and a bit of lip gloss to get me through the school run. Then I’m off to my home office and my normal work attire of jeans and a t-shirt. When I do have a wedding I love the fact that I get the chance to get dressed up and wear make up. Like most ladies I feel comfortable with applying my own make up. I’ve seen photos of me officiating and general photos of when I’m out with friends, I’m happy with how my make up looks in photos but it is very different story for a couple of hours of work or play to a whole day of looking and feeling fabulous.

Harry Rose Jewellery

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It’s hard as there are so many things to think about when your getting married. Celebrant :-), Venue, Photographer, Rings, Dress, Suits, Guest list, Bridal Party, Cake. I won’t go on as the list can be pretty long but something I’ve found lately when speaking with Brides closer to their wedding day is that they may not be getting their makeup done professionally. There have been a number of reasons why this might not happen but something stuck me that it might be a bit of, not knowing what exactly a make up artist brings to the table and also seeing their work in your circumstance, of being a bride not a model on a catwalk and feeling overwhelmed with the idea of a lot of make up.

So let’s set the scene of how your wedding day might run and why investing in someone who knows the right products to use and how to apply them to maximise your make up for your day.  From the time your wedding dress goes on, your off and racing. Heading to your ceremony, lots of photos, talking and congratulations, more photos and a little more go, go, go. After which you move onto the reception. By this stage you’ll be hanging for dinner, then into speeches and maybe finish the night dancing with friends and family. Depending on when your ceremony starts that’s a huge day and if you can get to the end of that day, feeling and looking like you did when you stepped out of the car at your ceremony that’s important.

So I thought I’d do a little experiment and provide a visual comparison to show you what a make up artist can do to make your eyes pop or enhance your lips, cover a blemish with out making it look worst and helping bring your whole look together.   

The fabulous and beautiful Ali Price was kind enough to be my artist for this project. Ali has been in the makeup industry for over 8 years. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge (finalise in a number of national awards and winner of the Modern Bride last year in Sydney) and her most recent project was being the artist on the HerCanberra magazine.
Ali and I spoke about what we might do before we started. As I said I’m not one to wear a lot of make up so I didn’t want to go over board and wanted to try and keep it as natural as possible.  We also wanted to keep it a little controlled so I went to Ali‘s studio. I applied my make up, then took a photo. I did the same thing I do every time. I won’t bore you with the details but end result is below, photo one. Then I took my make up off and Ali applied her skills, technique, experience, knowledge of colours, tones and how to enhance my features, she shared her ideas and suggestion that might suit my style or desired look. Then took a photo.
Not only do you get all of the above (skills, experience etc.) but when you engage an artist you also have the advantage of their make up kit bag.  Not sure about you but unfortunately expensive high quality beauty products aren’t on my everyday shopping list but most artist would have developed their kit over time with an extensive range of products, brushes, eye shadows , lipstick, Airbrushing (that felt divine going on by the way) that is designed to last. Brushes
If I was spending money on a gorgeous dress, getting my hair done and knowing I was going to have a huge day ahead, I would want to know that I will look and feel my best and know my makeup will look great from the start of my day to the end of my day.
Just like anything in the wedding industry look around for the provider that suits you. Ask for recommendations, ask for a meeting and discuss your look and needs, what experience they have and do a trial. 
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I was so happy and totally love my look that Ali created. I felt so comfortable with the make up I had on. For someone that doesn’t wear a lot of make up but being a confident person and pretty comfortable in my own skin I definitely didn’t expect how it made me feel. Looking in the mirror I felt sassy, beautiful and it really gave me a little boost. We don’t need make up to be beautiful that’s true but if make up can give you a little more confidence for your day or a little boost to make you feel extra special and beautiful that is value for money.

On a side note the afternoon we did this experiment I was on my way out for a girls night. My make up was still looking great after dinner and dancing till the very, very early hours of the next morning.

Thanks Ali for hanging out with me. I had so much fun and truly love and value your work. X