MAKE UP ARTIST
HOW DID I FIND HIM
I have worked with Doug for many many years in a lot of fashion styling shoots I have done (see some of them HERE) in the past and he has also worked on my face for a handful of times (if you remember, he's done my face for my blog banner before).
WHAT MADE ME CHOOSE HIM
When Doug first did my make up years ago, I already booked him for my future wedding, believe it or not! Since I have worked with Doug as a client and a colleague, I know a lot of Doug's aesthetics, superb body of work and his impeccable professionalism (he has never been late in any of our shoots). I love how Doug listens to his clients while still suggesting something that would look great on them; and how he just enhances not completely hiding the person's real beauty beneath all the foundation. Doug is also a firm believer that flaws are what makes you unique (he didn't want to cover my freckles and age spots and I don't think he used foundation on me or, if he did, it was teeny tiny) and he influenced me to embrace that.
HOW TO CONTACT HIM
Even if you are friends with a vendor, always ask for a contract (TBH, I didn't sign a contract with Doug and everything worked out great between the both of us...but you must know that you cannot trust everyone even if they are your friends. In fact, I saw a Bridal Tip before wherein you should never hire your friend BUT it is completely up to you!).
Get a facial wax days before (I say 2-3 days but ask your make-up artist) your make-up trial and even the event itself (so that your skin would settle and would not be reddish).
If you are having an outdoor wedding, you have to know that outdoor make-up is quite different from indoor make-up.
Show your future spouse the trial look and see what he says. After all, he's the only one you are really trying to look pretty for, no? (My fiancé loved how natural-looking my make up was and that's all that matters!)
REGRETS... I HAVE A FEW
I didn't have a hair trial because I trusted my hair would be fine. In the end, yes my hair was fine but I wished I tried different looks and see which one looked best (I think it's like a post-wedding reaction wherein you're like, 'Hey, I wonder if how I would look if my hair was down instead!'). And to future brides, if you are going to do a trial, do them at the same time (Hair and Make Up) so you can envision how you will look like more or less on your wedding day (I have a hair stylist friend though that told me you will never look EXACTLY like your trial look, just FYI).
a Polaroid of Douglas doing my hair on our Wedding Day
Doug making me look all pretty on our Wedding Day. Special thanks to my MOH for my boho lace robe and PJ's.
Another Bridal Tip: Print out some of your inspo to show to your hair and make-up stylist.