Q&A with Carlos Palma, hair and makeup stylist

I am so privileged to introduce you to the fabulous Carlos Palma.Carlos Palma, hair and makeup artist

Carlos has worked extensively within the fashion industry and has an accredited reputation in New York, Miami and London. His creativity and talents are coveted by industry professionals from photographers, stylists, publishers and celebrities alike.

He has worked with numerous celebrities including the beautiful Coleen Rooney for many years, doing her wedding hair and makeup as well as many more lucky brides!

Wayne and Coleen Rooney wedding











We are so privileged to have him as part of the team, and can’t wait to share many more hair and makeup hints and tips with you.

Today Carlos, is going to share with you his advice on choosing and budgeting for your hair and makeup artist.

How far in advance should I book my hair and makeup artist?

I find it interesting that I get a lot of calls from brides very last minute and by this I mean 2 to 3 months before the wedding. At this stage of the planning most of the budget has been distributed and brides start to scramble for a hair and makeup artist with what ever is left over (usually not very much).

Your wedding day is such a big occasion and you want to look your best and to be remembered. You and the groom are going to be photographed all day/night, not your flowers (although they will get some attention), guests will soon forget the small details of your big day but they’ll remember what you looked like, most importantly your pictures will be there for a lifetime. So don’t skimp on hair and makeup for the sake of other details when doing the original budget.

It is recommended to secure a professional Hair and Makeup artist at the latest 6 months before the big day. Artists that are in demand are usually booked a year in advance.

Carlos Palma wedding

What about makeup counters?

You may be tempted to go to a makeup counter selling high-end cosmetic brands and have your makeup done by the staff on hand in hopes of getting some tips. My advice would be to save yourself the time and energy and avoid doing this at all costs.

It will just confuse you and it will not help you come up with a clear idea of what you want to look like on your wedding day. Generally these “makeup artist” are there to sell you their product and in most cases don’t know the first thing about the real artistry to producing makeup for being viewed in person AND for being photographed.

Wedding hair and makeup

What should I consider when booking a hair and makeup artist?

When selecting a hair and makeup artist, have a clear idea of how many people in your party you want to include in the quote and also keep in mind the amount of time it would take to get everyone ready, so don’t be too ambitious with the number of bridesmaids, mothers, etc.

Select someone with experience that knows how to do something that will last all day and night (both hair and makeup).

Those that specialise in weddings usually have a set price for the day and don’t charge by the number of persons getting ready.

Make sure that they are willing to travel to your venue and confirm if there is any travel fees. The average price is about 40p per mile.

The prices for this type of service varies depending on the region of the country you live in. It could range from £300 to £700 per day.

What about using a salon for my hair and makeup?

You could opt for having your hair and makeup done in a salon on the day. They usually have set prices for and usually charged on a per person basis, they average about £75 for makeup and £75-£100 for hair.

Not necessarily a bargain when you consider the number of people that are getting ready it could work out better to hire someone that comes to you and charges a flat rate for the day.

Carlos x

Thank you so much Carlos for sharing your insight. I really hope this has helped you when considering your options for your hair and makeup stylist. Do let us know if you have any questions at all as Carlos would be happy to help.

Carlos Palma website



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