I often get asked why brides should pay to have their makeup professionally done for their wedding. It is true that you, a friend or a relative that knows the basics can do a good makeup job. It is important to keep in mind that a professional makeup artist will mean the difference between a basic look and a stunning wedding look.
A professional makeup artist understands all the elements of video/photographic makeup. She knows how your makeup will be affected by the weather, lighting and camera technique. Your artist will work with colors and pigments that complement your skin, style and personality.
A professional artist will meet with you for a trial consultation at least a couple of months before the wedding, and will make recommendations on the best ways to prepare your skin for your wedding day. She will address any concerns and/or allergies that you might have to products or chemicals. She should be able to cover any scars, marks or tattoos you don't want to show.
Lastly, working with a professional will put you and your loved ones at ease on your big day. I often get thank you notes from brides telling me how calm they felt for having me around in the last minutes before walking down the aisle.
Allowing yourself to look absolutely radiant on your wedding day is not a luxury, it is an absolute must!
Just offering a little of my experience and knowledge.