As a Professional Wedding and Portrait photographer, I would most certainly say the answer to this question is Yes! I am not talking about a friend that just loves makeup or draws her eyeliner on evenly. And even if you have been doing your own makeup for years and feel confident that your makeup will look great on your special day, Consider this:
A Professional Makeup Artist knows the best colors, foundations, powders, matte formulas, etc. for all skin types and for all types of lighting. For indoor and outdoor portraits, close-ups shots, and makeup that is for sure to last through the Nae-Nae and the Electric Slide. And I am sure you still want that beautiful glow when your walking hand in hand, with your new husband, into your magical departure photos of the evening.
My husband and I have had the unfortunate job of edited 100+ photos of a bride who’s makeup had went horribly wrong. I am not talking about running mascara. Let’s just say that the right foundation color and the right setting powder makes all the difference in the world. A pro will make sure that your makeup is made for flash photography and looks great in any light. The morel of this story is: Don’t let your friends do your bridal makeup, (unless of course they are a professional makeup artist.)
My advice is to call a few pros in your area and give yourself plenty of time before your big day. Ask to see if they have a free trial session so that you can see if you like their work. Talk to them about the look you would like to achieve on your wedding day, be it natural, earthy, romantic, or all out dramatic glamour. Another thing about a pro, is that most of them will stay, for a reasonable amount of time, throughout the ceremony and reception to do touch ups. If you are in the East Tennessee area, feel free to contact us for a few we know who are excellent. Thank you, Congrats, and Good luck! -Nathan & Nichole Whitburn, N&N Photography; Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Event Photography