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How to pick your bridal make-up artist!

Hey lovelies,


I can't believe it's already the start of January 2024... Time flies!

I hope you’re all well and wish you all a happy and healthy new year with everything you want and deserve! <3

Having been in the industry for quite some time, I've picked up some useful tips along the way so I wanted to start 2024 with committing to going back to creating monthly blog posts (as we all know that'll be manageable!). For the first post, I wanted to create a useful blog post to help out our ‘brides to be’ for 2024.

I’m confident you will have already mastered how to manage your wedding plans especially if you are super organised and timely, however sharing a few things that I personally thought of when speaking to a number of my previous brides wouldn’t go a miss! We all love useful tips for free right?

When talking to my brides, I've realised quite a few questions come up when it comes to booking a professional Make-up Artist and more often than not there are some uncertainties that can also go with it. Here are a few pointers to help you pick the best Make-up Artist for your big day:

FIRST let's get this myth out of the way; the more followers the more talented or good the Make-up Artist is. NO!

Social media following is great, but this does not mean the quality of the service delivered will also be exceptional. You may have a make-up artist with 100k followers but the customer service and communication is not great, whereas you may have an MUA with less than 10k followers who provides a great personable service and exceeds your expectations OR vice versa.

Take me as an example, I don't have a large following and this doesn't bother me as I'm fully booked throughout the year but you probably wouldn't think that because I don't have 100k followers right?

The number of followers that I have do not show how qualified I am, the amounts I have invested in my skillset to perfect the make-up style I create on each individual person that books my service. Do you see where I'm going with this?

I think it's super important to not let the numbers fool you. It's not about the following, it's more than that. It's about the level of skill and quality of service you're receiving.

Now that's out of the way, lets get to the more valuable and meaningful advice...

Make-up Style

We all know how difficult it is to find someone who knows how to capture your vision truly alongside the style you're hoping for. Every make-up artist has the ability to be versatile, it's important you look for this skillset, as quite often this may be overlooked.

Take the time to really view your potential MUAs content, whether that be on their website or social media (best way to make an informed judgement is by looking at real client/model photos that are not edited). Videos are a great way to view the level of skill too as a live camera does not lie!


Try and think ahead of the game, when it comes to wedding shopping some of you may not even have an outfit planned. Don't leave this until the last minute to share with your MUA as viewing the outfit really helps us put together an idea of your overall look.

Sometimes a bride may have a certain look they want to opt for, but it doesn't quite match the styling or look of the outfit itself. That's where your MUA will be able to provide you with more information on recent trends and styles to help you achieve a more unified bridal look.

This has happened with my brides a few times and they've trusted my professional opinion which has left them with a look they and everyone loved. So be sure to share ideas, vision boards and ask questions once you have confirmed who you're booking for your big day!

Bridal Trials

I know there are a lot of MUAs out there who do not offer bridal trials, I would recommended getting on booked in if you're not entirely sure on your vision, but if you trust your MUAs skillset then go for it! My brides trust me and I'm blessed with this, however if I feel there is some uncertainty I offer the optional service of a bridal trial, after all communication is key to make your big day come together!

Typically having a bridal trial always takes away any concerns you may have regarding the make-up application whilst allowing you to view your overall look too.


Being a professional MUA, I cannot stress how important this is to both the bride and MUA. Building a relationship and having rapport is vital to having your mind stress free on the morning of your wedding.

There is nothing worse, than a supplier turning up to your booking, not communicating with you whilst getting you ready! I know, you're thinking who would do this? Believe me, I've heard some stories! Which is why the best advice I can give to you, is to go with the Make-up Artist who you feel you connect with the most. What do I mean by this?

Ask yourself these questions;

  • How does your MUA make you feel when they're applying your make-up?

  • Do you feel comfortable?

  • Are they friendly?

  • Do they listen to your requests and any questions you have?

  • Are you working collectively to attain your overall vision? Or are they telling you how you should have your make-up rather than advising?

  • Do they run their business well and is there clear and consistent communication between you two? This is often a good reflection of the service you're likely to receive

I hope this blog post has helped some of you new brides for 2024 and if you know anyone who is struggling to find the right make-up artist for their big day then share this post with that person; it might help them!

Alternatively, you could always recommend them to Taran K Beauty! ;)

If you've made it this far, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the future posts I share this year! Don't forget to subscribe to my blog if you haven't already. Until next time,

Stay healthy and keep smiling <3


Taran x

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