1. Get a recommendation and if you don’t know where start, ask your wedding planner, dress designer, photographer, hairdresser, venue or research a make-up artist you admire. There are also many bridal bloggers, websites and magazines.
2. Once you have a short list or you are ready to move forward with your first choice do check out the make-up artists website to make sure you like her style.
3. Most future brides make initial contact via email these days so do watch out for a professional reply; someone who replies quickly and with a nice manner. The last thing you want is a late and grumpy make-up artist on your wedding day.
4. Most brides do go for a wedding trial these days but this is not compulsory, however make sure you speak to the make-up artist so that you can chat about the look you are after, the timings and location.
5. At the wedding trial you may want to bring some magazine cuttings of make-up looks you like and it is important that the make-up artist is confident enough to be adaptable and is willing to make changes.
6. If you are getting married abroad you may prefer to have a make-up lesson with a top make-up artist so that you can do it beautifully yourself on the day; I have heard of some disaster stories with local beauticians.