Tips From Make Me Up

Make Me Up !! has been in business for five years in Uptown/Garden District of New Orleans.  We cater to the destination bride as well as local brides and their bridal parties.  We have a team of five professionally trained artists who each specialize in bridal looks, from the very casual “no makeup at all” look to the most extravagant.  We can handle even the largest groups in a timely fashion.  Brides may come to our studio or we will go to the location of their choice.  Our website,, includes a portfolio page of many of the over 400 brides we have serviced, as well as all the information a bride will need to book us for her special day.  We have over seven brands of makeup and skin care available for use and to purchase so there is no makeup need that we cannot fulfill.

It can be very tempting to let your best friend do your makeup for free on your wedding day, but here are a few things to consider when making this important decision or in deciding to use a professional makeup artist:

Credentials – is the artist licensed in makeup and skin care and does she have professional training as a makeup artist?  An artist with training will be able to adjust to the specific needs and requirements of any client without problem.    Knowledge of skin care is critical to a perfect makeup application because the makeup will respond to the condition of the skin.

Portfolio – does the artist have a portfolio of past clients available to view?  Professional pictures of brides is very good.  Before and after pictures of past clients will show the difference that the makeup application makes and how the makeup looks in photography.

Availability – will the artist be available to do both the consultation and the wedding day applications?  What is the backup plan in the event of an emergency on the wedding day?  Artist substitutions should only be made in the event of an emergency, and they should have the before/after pictures from the consultation as well as a list of products used so that the application can be done seamlessly.

And speaking of consultations – does the artist do a full makeover consultation?  This is the time to experiment with ideas, products, looks, etc.  This saves a great deal of time on the wedding day when the bride will want as little stress as possible.

Contracts, Deposits, Appointments – does the artist or office manager return your calls promptly?  Does the artist utilize a written contract that spells out all services and prices?  There should be no surprises or changes after the deposit is placed.  The deposit should be given as soon as possible to assure availability, but keep in mind that once it is placed, the artist’s time is blocked out for you.  Appointments should be kept and any cancellations will result in forfeiture of the deposit or a charge to your credit card for the missed service.

Products – does the artist have a full kit of products?  Do they look clean?  Are her brushes clean?  Are the products available for purchase should you fall in love with the look and want to make it your own?  Does the artist have a variety of products in case one does not work well with your skin?  Super sensitive skin requires special products.

Looking your best should be of primary importance on your wedding day.  The right makeup artist can make all the difference.


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