Bridal Makeup

Hiring a Pro Makeup Artist for your Wedding - Why it's important. by Kat St. John

Every year during the busy season - which is March through August, I will get at least 100 inquiries. Maybe booking only 30 of them, but that is how it goes. We hear alot of "Sorry you are out of my price range" or just get ghosted. Not uncommon for us. 

Something has been happening a lot lately and I feel like I needed to write a blog about it. We are seeing a trend of brides only valuing one aspect of their wedding day or maybe two. Like, paying for an expensive photographer and coordinator but skimping on the hair and makeup. 

First, lets talk about why you should hire a makeup artist and pay good money for them to style you and your wedding party. 

1. You have hired a photographer - most likely paying quite a bit of money to have them for around 6-10 hours, documenting your day. You should look (and feel) amazing, have makeup that lasts through all the crying, toasts, hugging, dancing and partying! And if you are getting married in Seattle during the spring/'d better count on rain! 

Another thing to consider is that as professionals, we carry many variations of makeup for a variety of skin types. We are trained to know what products are compatible with your face and  what products will work together to make you glow all day and night. Most importantly, we are trained to know what is going to photograph well. If you have invested money in your photography, you should definitely make sure you look stellar in those photos.

2. Wedding days are stressful.
Let us help you relax. Seriously, I will FORCE you to sit down and relax! Who doesn't want one less thing to think about on their wedding day? 11 years ago, before I was a makeup artist, I went to the MAC counter. Walking through Bellevue Square with a flannel, veil and my Hair + Makeup done felt super bizarre. Not to mention, I had to drive there and back. Definitely not ideal. 

Priority - We work around your photographers' timeline. I make sure my brides have at least a half an hour between the time we wrap hair and makeup & getting the dress on. You can call us your time management/ beauty bad asses if you want! (That IS technically what we are....).
Your artist should ALWAYS have a timeline prepared before hand. Keeping on schedule is key to getting the most bang for your buck and a smooth start to your very special day. 

3. We are professional. 
We will not only show up, but we will be on time - and this....this is another big thing I stress to brides. Make sure your makeup artist has a good reputation. Ask your wedding planner about artists, search their instagram feeds, watch their stories, do your research.
Don't be afraid to ask questions about sanitation, products and how they approach their work.  

Final thoughts: While some artists maybe cheaper; I will say from all the recent frantic calls I have received  because their makeup artist "Cancelled last minute", you get what you pay for. I would much rather pay a professional a bit more money and rest easy knowing I don't have to worry about whether or not they are going to show up. Your wedding day should be magical, we play a HUGE part in making sure it goes as planned.

Elopement in the PNW Penninsula
Photo: Megan Montavalo Photography
Hair and Makeup: Kat St. John


Winter Elopement by Kat St. John

Some people wonder if we do elopements, the answer is YES! Not everything has to be a huge wedding or event. While that is most of our "bread and butter", there is something more fulfilling when doing a small party, or a "Bride Only" job. It feels nice to switch things up.

Two things about this particular elopement: 
1. It was my first elopement so I was VERY excited to see what an elopement was like! Weddings are based around your photographer's timeline, and so are elopements....however, this was so much more laid back. So relaxed, I was almost scared I was missing something. 

2. We didn't have a trial run together. This was also something foreign to me! Kind of like a Bridal Blind Date.....I have to say, it was kind of exciting to see what we would come up with.  

When I arrived, the bride met me out front of the cutest Bed and Breakfast, we quickly made it up to her suite where they were getting ready. It was just Me, the Bride and her Mom.

Since we had a relaxed timeline, most of it was spent time chatting, talking about everything and just enjoying the presence of people and authentic emotion. No Phones, no TV, just human interaction. I sure do hope Eloping is in for a while. This was such a joy to do. 

Photos: Toni Christine | TCP