Have you ever sat at a computer and searched for ‘makeup artist near me’? I’m sure you were faced with hundreds of sites, and you just thought ‘where do I even start’. Finding a local makeup artist which you can trust is a difficult journey. This is especially true when choosing a makeup artist for your bridal makeup. There are so many makeup artists out there, how can you be sure you choose the right one?
Whilst a google search is a good place to start, it can be difficult to wade through the many makeup artists. So to make it easier, a good idea is to click on the Google Maps tab, this is a great way to find great active local makeup artists. This will also show popular and trusted makeup artists in the area. It will show a rating out of 5 stars and also how many people have reviewed them.
Another thing to check is their makeup gallery, this can be on their website and on their Instagram. You may know the style of makeup that you are after, or may need help in deciding. Makeup artists can differ greatly in style and technique, so checking their portfolio is a must before contacting them. Their gallery will show off their skills, do they stick to one style? Or do they show that they can be flexible and offer exactly what you need? Don’t be afraid to ‘stalk’ their Instagram and even message them if you like what you see, it’s important to click with them and so talking to them is an important step.
Reputation is also an important thing to think about. Who have your friends used before for their wedding makeup? Is there someone they would recommend? Have you ever talked to local makeup artists who work at your local John Lewis or Debenhams? From my experience, these artists are more than happy to help point you in the direction of local freelance makeup artist that they trust. You can also find out the names of the makeup artists who work at these counters and check out their portfolio.
For makeup to look it’s best, preparation is key.
Whether you like a full glam makeup or a more subtle natural makeup, making sure your skin is in the best condition will make a huge difference to how your makeup looks for your wedding, in photos or just day to day.
For my personal skin care routine, I usually follow six simple steps. Step 1 Cleanse, Step 2 Tone, Step 3 Serums, Step 4 Moisturise, Step 5 Face Oil, Step 6 Lip Balm.
Following this routine will help your skin re-energise. Let’s look at the first step in a good skincare routine.
Cleansing your face is often a step that gets overlooked, some think hot soapy water will do the trick. But this is not always the best idea as it can dry out the skin and strip the skin of its natural oils. So what options are out there?
Everyone has different skin types, and there are various products to think about that suit each one. In my case, I have more oily skin, and so I use Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil, which is an oil-based cleanser and when mixed with water turns into milk. This oil is great because it removes face and eye makeup all in one step.
If you tend to have more dry skin, cream or balm based cleansers are best. For example, Clinique Take The Day Off is a great choice because it is a lightweight cleanser. It isn’t greasy, won’t dry out your skin and quickly dissolves makeup from the face and eyes.
Finally, some people have what is called combination skin, which is where you have a mixture of dry and oily areas on your skin. For this, I would recommend Liz Earle Cleanse And Polish, as this is a cream cleanser which you massage into your skin and remove with a warm cloth that will leave your skin feeling soft and bright without leftover residue.
Depending on how much makeup you wear on a daily basis, it’s important to also consider the option of double cleansing. For example, if you wear a full face of makeup, especially with heavier foundations, using two cleansers will help cleanse the skin more deeply. On the first cleanse you want something that will remove the makeup and dirt from your skin, a good product for this would be Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water followed by a more natural based cleanser which will suit your skin type, such as what we have discussed already.
Cleansing your skin is definitely something that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s an important step in taking care of your skin and preventing the build-up of dirt and dead skin cells which can lead to breakouts. It also provides a solid base for Step 2 in my skincare routine, Toning.