By Rashim Nabanja
To make sure that your bridal look is officially finalized, you must have chosen the perfect wedding gown, shoes, and of course, hairstyle and makeup. Since it is your big day, you wouldn’t want to end up with a hairstyle or makeup that you are not sure of and might end up ruining a completely perfect look. This is why you need to be critical when choosing the people responsible for these two items.
Below are some of the things you need to find out about your makeup and hair stylist before you officially hand them the job of beautifying your wedding look;
Do they have a portfolio of their work?
A look at some of the works they have done and people they have worked with is very important. It will help you as a bride to know what exactly you are working with. Having a glimpse of a few pictures of people they have worked on will at least give you confidence. You will get to know if they are really the people you want to work with or maybe look somewhere else.
According to Jamila Namulindwa working with Spaks Beauty Salon in Wandegeya most clients always ask for sample work. They cannot trust what you if they have not looked at what you have done before. If they can’t meet up, they usually ask for pictures.
While looking at their portfolio is essential for measuring their expertise, looking for actual reviews from clients that have worked with them will help you get more details about the person you are choosing.
Clients are usually honest so you can go to your makeup/hairstylist online pages like Facebook, Instagram and find out what people have to say about them. How is their attitude, are they reliable, how is their professionalism?
All these are questions you need to find answers to. However good the person may be, if their attitude isn’t favorable, it ruins everything. Imagine working with a rude makeup artist that keeps pushing your head.
Will they carry their own products/working items?
Most makeup and hair stylists usually travel well equipped. However, the key point is to make sure that they have the kind of products you would like to use in case you have any in particular.
It is better to communicate to them earlier about what kind of products you would want for your face or hair, this helps you find out if they can provide it/ if you will have to get a personal one.
Such details are important to avoid any regrets on the actual day. Namulindwa says there are people that are allergic to certain products be it hair or makeup so, most brides will inform you as they do their booking and in case they don’t, we normally ask so that we can find out.
The same applies to equipment. Shamim Nalumansi narrates the episode of panic that happened on her wedding day when her hairstylist didn’t show up with a blow dryer, “I was getting dressed from home so I asked my hairstylist to do my hair from there. When it came to blow drying my hair there was nothing to use. She claimed she thought I had a personal one. We had to borrow one from the neighbour. I keep wondering what we would have done if she too didn’t have one.”
Every makeup and hairstylist have varying prices. Before you decide to work with one, do not assume that they are going to charge the same fees as someone else you are familiar with, clarify first. Find out if they will charge per person or will it be a package for you and your bridesmaids.
Namulindwa says most makeup and hairstylists working with brides prefer to charge inform of packages but there are those that charge individually too. However, you can still agree on how you would want to be charged.
They also tend to ask for a deposit just as a way of booking them for that particular day.
Will you have to travel/ do they work on-site
Not all makeup artists and hairstylists will work on site. Some may ask you to travel to their salon or studio. The reason why you need to clarify this is you need to see how flexible you are in case you are to travel to the salon or studio on your wedding day. If this isn’t the case and your beautician can work on-site, then you need to discuss the time and the items needed.
According to Namulindwa, just like most beauty points, their salon can work both on-site and at their workplace in, “If a bride is not able to travel to us on the day of her wedding, we can organize a crew to work on-site, however, there will be extra fees charged for transport.”
Will you have their services full time or just part-time
Basing on how busy the stylist you have chosen is, they may have more than one client on the day of your ceremony. It is important to have a talk with them and find out if you will have him/her for the full day or will they have to leave early.
This is crucial especially when you need to renew your hairstyle and make up for your second look. Remember, not all hairstyles and makeup look good on every outfit. You might decide to stay with the same and not end up looking so great in your changing dress the way you did in your wedding dress.
As a bride, you need to keep in mind that makeup and hair trials are important before your actual day. You need to be sure that a particular look will turn out great on the wedding itself.
Namulindwa says most brides hate trials because they are tiresome and take a lot of time however, it is their role as professionals to convince a bride to undergo these trials to avoid disappointments on the last day, “Sometimes a bride will even come with a particular look in mind and when it is tried on her, it ends up not looking great so we have to consider other options. Imagine if trials are not done and you end up not looking your best on one of the greatest days of your life.”
Do they have a team of assistants or will it be just one stylist for the day
If your bridesmaids and maid of honour are also getting their hair and makeup was done by the same person, then you need to find out if he/she can handle working on the entire team alone or if they will have people to assist.
This will at least help you and the beautician to know how things will flow on the actual day. Whether you need to create enough time if it’s one person to work on the entire bridal team or play it cool in case he/she has a helping hand.
Never underestimate what the wrong choice in a makeup/hairstylist can do to your wedding. You wouldn’t want to end up with an allergy from a wrong product, the wrong hairstyle or makeup that doesn’t match with your skin complexion. Always spare sufficient time and discuss in-depth details with the person are planning to hire for your wedding.