Why Hire a Professional: Hair and Makeup Artist

Q Makeup Artist 2 Photo Credit: Sarah Carpenter Photography

Today we are chatting with a GORGEOUS and super talented lady, Quynh Nguyen of Q Makeup Artist! She gives so many brides, mothers, and friends the perfect, natural, glamorous look for wedding and events!

Tell me a little about yourself! How did you get started in the wedding industry? Why do you love it so much?
About 6 years ago I started modeling as a hobby. I began to appreciate the details in makeup, hair, and styling aspects alongside photography. Even when I was a little girl, I’ve always loved doing my own makeup and experimenting with different looks. Makeup is my passion and there is no word in this world I can use to describe it. I strongly believe in first impressions, and our faces say it all.

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Photo Credit: Tracy Enoch Photography

Why do you think hiring a professional vs. a friend or relative whose look you like is so important for brides?
I had a bride hire a friend to do her hair and she was two hours late. I had to jump in and do her hair while the bride was freaking out. Not only is a professional committed to you and values your time, but they have experience with photography makeup and know exactly what is needed to set the makeup properly so it lasts the entire day! Same goes for hair. Your will also be able to communicate what you like and what you don’t to a professional more freely. With a friend you might avoid sharing your opinions because you don’t want to hurt the relationship.

What do professional hair and makeup artists know about cameras, lighting, and schedules that non-professionals just don’t know?
A friend might not understand how to properly plan out the timeline for everyone to get their hair/makeup done. From all the different angles and closeups, your photographer will not only be looking at you but snapping photos for hours and hours. A little powder and lip gloss may look great at work, but you want to look your best on one of the biggest days of your life!

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Photo Credit: Anna Smith Photography

How can a hair and makeup artist fit into any wedding budget?
If your budget doesn’t allow you to offer both hair and makeup to your entire bridal party, you can help pay for your bridesmaids to get their makeup done while they do their own hair or vice versa. But the pictures will definitely look better when all the girls have a cohesive makeup look and hairstyles that last all night. If nothing else, definitely book hair and makeup for yourself, your mom, and your almost mother-in-law.

Q Makeup Artist 4 Photo Credit: Allen Tsai Photography

Anything else you want couples to know? Any advice for the newly engaged?
Most of your guests will spend their time looking at you, the bride, and not the place cards or favors. If you don’t look good and feel your best, the other details won’t matter as much. After all… all eyes will be on you!

Thank you for the awesome advice, Quynh! You are such a joy to work with and you always make our brides look and feel gorgeous!

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Part One // Why Hire a Professional: Stationery Designer
Part Two // Why Hire a Professional: Videographer
Part Three // Why Hire a Professional: Florist
Part Four // Why Hire a Professional: DJ
Part Five // Why Hire a Professional: Baker

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