You’ve chosen your venue and you’ve chosen your gown, but who’s going to help you get dressed?

While it may be tempting to do your own make up to save money- the difference a professional makeup artist can make will justify the cost is completely worth working into the budget as the skill level of a professional makeup artist will promise that your make up not only looks amazing but also lasts through the day and night.

Here’s 5 ways to ensure you have chosen the right artist for your big day!

1. Decide on a look

Whether you create a mood board on Pinterest, save pictures on Instagram or tear out pictures from a magazine, having a visual source of inspiration for your makeup artist to-be is very helpful so that you are both on the same page for your vision of how you would like to look on your wedding day. Try to keep your references real by choosing photos that are similar to your face shape, features and skin color.

2. Determine your budget

How much are you willing to pay? Shop around and inquire about pricing as different makeup artists charge different rates. If you are on a tight budget consider hiring a makeup artist student or a makeup artist just starting out as they’re rates will be considerably less than someone who has been in the business for 10+ years.

3. Do your research

It’s okay to ask for proof of credentials whether they have gone to school or are self-taught you want to make sure you are in the right hands. Ask questions like where they went to school (if it applies), how long they’ve been in the business, referrals and most importantly their portfolio. You want to look for a makeup artist who’s work is similar to the look you are going for. It’s also okay to ask what brands of products they use, especially if your skin is super sensitive or your conscious about beauty without cruelty.

4. Book a trial

I strongly believe that booking a trial should be considered a non-negotiable must! This is the most important step where you see if the makeup artist is are right fit for you; and not just makeup but personality too. Don’t forget to bring pictures for inspiration and feel free to email them to the makeup artist before the appointment. Also, don’t be shy to request any changes to your look as there isn’t much time to mess about on your Wedding day. You want to make sure the makeup artist you choose is in line with your vision, has a good attitude and makes you feel like a queen on your big day! TIP: Schedule your trial to be on the same day as your engagement photos so that you can see if the makeup was done well enough for the photos. With today’s technology there isn’t a flaw the camera won’t miss!

5. If you like it, put a deposit on it 😉

Once you’ve decided on a makeup artist, the final important step is to book them right away! You most likely received a quote and contract after your trial based on the services you require on your wedding day. And on that contract will be an amount for the deposit required to book your makeup artist. Most will charge 50% of the total amount and will not reserve your day until they receive it.

In the end, you want a makeup artist you feel comfortable with and well taken care of by. Speak honestly with your makeup artist and let them know if you are uncomfortable with anything that they are doing. It is your big day, and apart from looking good it is key that you feel confident and joyful throughout the day!

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Updated: Mar 16, 2019

Why Choose to Use Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Organic Makeup?

Welcome to my blog! And thank you for your interest in Fara Wood Pure Beauty MUA. Before getting into products I love, I thought it would be good to start with why I only use cruelty-free, vegan and organic makeup products as well as to educate those not familiar with these types of products as to why they are a better for you. I’m hoping this post will help you to make conscientious choices that are right for you.

I’ll define what each of these terms mean as majority of people mistake them for all meaning the same thing and explain why you should care.

Cruelty-free: The product was not tested on animals. However, it may contain animal-derived ingredients like milk, lanolin, honey, royal jelly, and carmine.

Why you should care? Without using horrid detail let’s just say animal testing is a lot more cruel than you think as there are no regulations against ‘lab’ animals, and let your imagination run on that. All sorts of animals are used from what is most commonly known as household pests like mice to man’s best friend. And with all the knowledge, technology and advancements in science today there is NO valid reason for a cosmetic company to still be testing on animals! There are alternatives to animal testing and already quite an extensive list of safe ingredients to choose from, but these companies CHOOSE to test on animals so that they can come up with new, innovative ingredients at less cost to increase their profits.

“By supporting cruelty-free companies instead of the ones who choose to test on animals, you’re sending the whole industry a message in the only language they speak: money. They know that they won’t be getting your business unless they stop testing on animals. If enough consumers boycott companies that test on animals, we can truly make a change and influence more companies to go cruelty-free” ~

Vegan Friendly: The product does not contain any animal-derived ingredients but still could have been tested on animals. Which in my opinion this label shouldn’t exist as it is an an oxymoron. Rest assured, none of the products I use are ‘vegan friendly’.

The next 2 categories are what I look for when choosing makeup products on top of it being cruelty-free as I believe it is important to be aware of what you put on your skin and in your body. Products in these categories generally use fewer ingredients most of which are plant-based, fewer chemicals and avoid using harmful toxins.

Vegan: The product does not contain any animal-derived ingredients and we are to assume that the product was not tested on animals. However, this still could be a possibility depending on what country your in.

Organic: The product is essentially natural, with naturally derived ingredients and free of harmful toxins like parabens, chemical dyes, fragrance and petroleum. But can still contain animal-derived ingredients like milk, lanolin, honey, royal jelly, and carmine.

Clear as mud? Don’t worry if your still not sure, the simplest way to figure out if a product is one or more of the above is to look for the following logos from these trusted organizations on the packaging. As well as visit PETA for an official list of cruelty-free and vegan certified products

Certified Organic – unfortunately there is not a universal governing organization for organic beauty products and labels may vary. The main thing to look out for are the ingredients it does NOT contain that are highly toxic such as:

· SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)

· Petroleum

· DEA (Diethanolamine)

· DEOA (Diethanolamine)

· Parabens

· Silicone

· Phthalate

· Phosphate

· And any ingredient that begins with the word ‘natural’ such as natural color and natural fragrance if you are sensitive in most cases this means that synthetic chemicals were used to create the color or fragrance.

Until a few years ago these product categories were considered to be for those with an “alternative” lifestyle and now are quickly moving into the mainstream market with many cruelty-free and vegan certified brands on the market for all budgets in response to the rising demand for these products which in turn shows an optimistic future for animal-free beauty products becoming the norm.

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