Interview With An Expert: Wedding Makeup FAQ

You’ve got wedding makeup questions, we’ve got answers! We recently sat down with Michelle Sands, the owner of Traveling Beauty, to get the 411 on all things makeup. 


SEG: What are some tips for finding a makeup artist? 

MS: When choosing a makeup artist be sure you have seen photos of their previous work and their work is current. Makeup trends change quickly and you want be sure they are knowledgeable in their field. Not everyone is wanting the “smokey eye” or the “Kardashian” look. Make sure there is a range of makeup styles.

SEG: How far in advance should I book my makeup artist? 

MS: It is never too early to book a trial run with a potential makeup artist. You want to make sure you love the look and feel of your makeup as well as feel comfortable with the person you will be spending your wedding day with. We suggest booking your trial run at least six months prior to your wedding day.

SEG: Do you come to us or do we come to you?

MS: For the initial trial run you would come to our Studio located in Franklin. The day of the wedding we will travel to where the bride is getting ready. We generally travel to the brides hotel or home. Brides are also able to utilize the Studio on their wedding day if that is more convenient. We hold trial run dates throughout each month and recommended booking a trial run at least six months prior to your wedding day.

SEG: Which brand of products do you use? How do you choose them?

MS: 90 percent of the makeup we use is MAC. The range of colors and products MAC offers is amazing. They have such a variety of shades that will meet every skin tone. We also offer airbrush foundation which is great for achieving a matte finish to the skin.

SEG: Is a make up trial included in the price?

MS: The fee for a trial is separate from booking your wedding date. We want to assure you that you are 100 percent happy with your makeup look prior to accepting your wedding day booking.

SEG: How will my makeup stay fresh throughout my wedding day?

MS: As our gift to the bride we supply the bride with the lipgloss color that was chosen at the trial run. If a bride is afraid she will be crying we teach them the tear ducts are located in the inner corner of the eye where little makeup is applied. When starting to tear up blot the inner corner of the eyes avoiding tears from pooling out of the eye.

SEG: My bridesmaids will also be getting their makeup done, do you work alone or do you have assistants?

MS: We have a team of artists who work for Traveling Beauty. The number of artists needed at a wedding is determined by the number of services requested and the time everyone needs to be ready by. There are no additional costs for more than one makeup artist for an event.

SEG:Can you duplicate a look from a photo, or is it best to match a look with my style?

MS: We always ask brides to bring us photos of makeup looks they like. With access to Traveling Beauty’s Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest sites, brides have many great resources. We love when a bride wants us to recreate a look they have seen on one of our sites.

SEG: Do you use new makeup for each bridal party?

MS: Everyone has a different undertone to their skin so each makeup application utilizes a different color palettes. All applicators are one use and disposed of.

SEG: What do you do for those with skin allergies or sensitivity?

MS: If anyone has skin allergies or sensitivity we strongly suggest meeting for the trial run early in your wedding planning process. This will make sure their are no reactions to the makeup used. All the products we use are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic.

SEG: Additional Advice…

MS: You should feel confident and comfortable with the makeup artist you chose for your wedding day. Traveling Beauty wants your wedding day to be a relaxing and fun day that is spent with those close to you.

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Traveling Beauty is an on location makeup and hair company that will bring the artists to you. It is comprised licensed cosmetologists. For more information please visit their WEBSITE.

Tell us, was this interview helpful? What other wedding vendors would you like us to chat with?

By: Dana Bates

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