Chicago Wedding Makeup Artists Guide
Looking Your Best for Your Chicago Wedding

Just because you’re getting married in the Windy City doesn’t mean your face has to look wind-swept. A Chicago wedding makeup artist for your big day is a wonderful way to make sure you look stunning in spite of the excitement and your nerves. Also consider hiring a makeup artists for your wedding party (the girls will flip), and as a really big treat, for both moms.

Chicago, like all big cities, has a plethora of makeup artists to choose from, so you won’t have any trouble finding one.  You should book your wedding day makeup artist about six weeks prior to your big day. In Chicago, makeup artists can cost anywhere from $200 for the day, to $2,000 for your entire wedding party. Makeup artists usually have a flat fee or charge by the hour; hiring by the hour might be the cheaper route if all the girls are having makeup, as an extra artist doesn’t necessarily mean extra cost. Also, many makeup artists will charge for a trial run, but it’s a great way to try out what best works for your features and to make sure you’re on the same page – while there’s still time for corrections and improvements.

Of course, not all beauty experts are created equal: Department store makeup counter beauticians in Chicago are not necessarily experienced enough.  (In the state of Illinois hair and makeup professionals have to be licensed, but the counter staff of department stores do not.  Often they are certified by a trade school and know a great deal about beauty, but they are likely not a fully licensed professional.)

When you want to start interviewing Chicago makeup artists, visit the Chicago Local Vendor section for a great list of top Southwestern Illinois wedding makeup artists and salons.

When you choose your makeup artist, make sure they know the look you’re going for on your wedding day… and then listen to their suggestions. The goal to a fabulous face is similar to that of fantastic hair: you want to look like yourself, but better.  When you have your makeup trial, try to wear your hair the same way you will be wearing it at your reception.  You should also bring as many accessories as possible, and show her a photo of your dress; ditto your girls’ outfits, if they’re having makeup done.

Chicago makeup artists generally take about 45 minutes, and you need to include their travel time when scheduling them for the big day. (Hair is done first, to keep faces fresh for as long as possible.) If any members of the wedding party have special makeup needs and prefer to do their makeup themselves, let them. This is no time to make the girls uncomfortable about the way they look.  A spot will have to be secured for the work, either the ceremony site or someone’s home, and the makeup artist and hairstylist will have to have their schedules coordinated.  Finally, remember not to overdo it. You’ve already got the look of love, so keep your best, fresh face forward.
-David Toussaint
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