Aside from cake-tasting and dress shopping, finding the right makeup artist for your big day is one of the more fun tasks to check off your pre-wedding list. Of course, since you'll be looking at your choice of lipstick every time you pull out the wedding album, it's worth it to do your homework and really find the right glam squad for you! Here are our top picks.
Mariah Nicole Buian has assembled a group of makeup artists that share her love for creating gorgeous looks. Known for their professionalism and "light touch" when it comes to brides, this one-stop beauty crew can get you looking your best from engagement photos to last-minute wedding day touch-ups. They can also be booked to create anything from hairstyles for your flower girls to mother-of-the-bride makeup and hair.
This jewel-box of a beauty atelier is located in the heart of West Hollywood. It has makeup artists on hand for private one-on-one consultations where you can learn how to re-create a certain look, or you can use it as a test-run for your big day. An initial appointment is $250 but that goes towards any product that you might buy and this place sells the crème de la crème of skin, hair and makeup with cherry-picked items from lines like Chanel, Nars and Tom Ford.
Think you might need a quick shoulder massage to go with your blowout on your big day? Well, Fiore Beauty does everything from massages to makeup. This group of ladies will be your on-site glam squad, as this luxury mobile beauty service specializes in creating a boutique spa experience wherever you need it. Each Fiore team member has a great bio, and examples of her work on the company website so you can easily pick your favorite before an initial consultation, and it's a great way to get inspired whether you're looking for old school glamour or barely-there beauty.
Want a look that is going to go the distance? This line is eponymous with long-lasting products and the artists who work behind the counters are always up-to-date on the latest looks and trends. Any MAC artist can be booked for your big day and you can also get a lesson beforehand in everything from false-lash application to no-brainer smokey eye tricks (as well as buy some products to keep on hand for pre-photo touchups). Their suggestion? Always arrive with some pictures of looks you love to guarantee that you get what you really want.
Owner Janet Miranda has been working in the beauty business since 1999 and knows that most women just want to look like an enhanced version of themselves on their big day. For the initial consultation at this hair and makeup studio, brides-to-be are asked to bring in pics of their dress, venue and wedding day colors schemes, so Miranda and her team can help you make big decisions (hairstyle and makeup look), all the way down to seemingly small, but critical details (nail color options and hair accessories). Since it's also a full-service hair salon, we recommend also scheduling any single process or highlights at this chic downtown studio a week before your big day as well!