Your hair and make up artist is one of the most important people in your crew on your wedding day. A huge part of how you'll look can be attributed on how good or how bad he or she performs, so you really need to be careful who to get. It's easier said than done as your wedding is probably one of the few times in your life where you'll need beauty support, so here are a few tips that you can use in your search.

1. Do your homework.

Once you've decided on what look you want for your big day, research on who can be the best person to help you with it. Go online, visit wedding fairs, buy magazines, and talk to friends. Don't stick with the first artist you meet. Give yourself time to make a well-informed and logical choice.

2. Canvas for prices.
You can go with big names in the industry, but there are also many up-and-coming hair and make up artists that do great work for less the price. Give them a try. You'll be helping them create better portfolios, plus you'll also be able to save money without sacrificing quality.

3. Ask around for someone with experience.
As much as there are a lot of awesome new-comers, you may also want to pick someone who has gone to beauty school, and who already has a bit of experience with preparing for weddings. There are a lot of horror stories where hair and make up have gone really bad, and we're sure that you wouldn't want to be just another statistic.

4. Get a trial, if you can.
There are hair and make up artists who provide a free trial of their services. Take advantage of these. You'll be able to gauge their skills and you can also get personal tips on what look fits you and what doesn't.

5. Get someone who gets you.
As there are artists who foster great relationships with their clients, so are there also a few bad eggs in the basket. There are know-it-alls who insist on what they want and don't listen to the bride's preferences. What happens is that the look doesn't go with the personality, and the bride feels less than beautiful during her big day.

Book a hair and make up artist who takes into account your tastes and who manages to blend these with the right shades and tones. He or she should make you feel comfortable in your own skin, and should enhance, and not change the way you look.

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