Hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding and what you should expect.

It can be a bit of a daunting task to find a professional makeup artist. Especially if you are someone who doesn’t normally wear makeup, as you might not be sure what you are looking for. Here are a few tips to get you started off on the right foot to helping you find the best makeup artist best suited for you.

“You should feel over the moon with the way you look on your wedding day. I can help you feel that” ~ Lyren Cherlet


– First you want to find a makeup artist that is in your location, or you can be prepared to pay a travel fee. This fee can range in price according to the individual makeup artist so it’s always good to ask about a fee if they are out of range to your wedding. I have a flat $10 travel fee.  I tell my clients that I am available for Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver.

clock_calendarBOOKING – You’ll want to be looking for a makeup artist, at least a few months in advance. Most bridal makeup artists book up their wedding season early. So, if you want a pro, make sure that you leave yourself enough time to find the right artist for you.

“You want to look back on your wedding photos in 50 years, and say that you looked like the best most polished version of yourselves.”

Squamish Bridal Makeup

PRO vs. NOT – Having a professional do your makeup for your wedding can make all the difference. A professional will know how to work with all skin types and help you with all your needs. A pro makeup artist will also know how to do your makeup best suited for camera. You want to look back on your wedding photos in 50 years, and say that you looked like the best most polished version of yourselves.


CARE – A professional makeup artist will most likely always want to do a trial run with you. It then will set the tone for the big day, your expectations will be laid out and you’ll be able to have an idea how you will look and how the makeup wears. Once it’s wedding day, you’ll have an exact picture and idea to go from.

“It’s the last time you will be able to take an hour or so to relax and compose yourself before you put your dress on. “


RELAX – When you are in my makeup chair, you will feel relaxed and well taken care of. I typically tell my brides that they get their hair done first and that they are last in the makeup chair. For the reason of relaxation. It’s the last time you will be able to take an hour or so to relax and compose yourself before you put your dress on.


TIMING – You’ll want a speedy efficient makeup artist that knows how to work with each face promptly. For me, I generally take 30-45 minutes with each face. I like to take at least an hour for the bride, as I said for relaxation, and it will give plenty of time to compose yourself before your big event.


If you are one of my brides, I thank you for allowing me to be a big part of your day. I am so grateful to you and your beautiful bridal party’s.






I was having lunch with some family and friends at a local restaurant here in Squamish, when I met her. She was our server at the Howe Sound Brew Pub. I knew right away, that I needed to use my makeup skills and do a photoshoot together.

She is 6’1″, and had an energy about her that could melt your heart.

I decided to not ask her, because I didn’t have any business cards and the creep factor was really high…”Hey, I think you’re pretty, can we do a photoshoot?”Kirstin

Then my husband, (my biggest fan) jumped in and said “I have one of your business cards” What did I have to loose at that point? Not much.

So I waited until we got our bill, and asked her. Like I was asking her out on a date. Our table of 10 all watching, I was sure that she was going to say no to the idea. She seemed very receptive.

A few days past and she contacted me. We got together to discuss life, each other and a future photoshoot and became friends right away. Kirstin's Shoot

I contacted a photographer I work with here in Squamish, and David jumped on the idea as well.

When I finished hair and makeup, Kirstin said she felt “Sexy, confident and beautiful” then was ready to crush this shoot.

I loved her enthusiasm.

Here is the result of my photoshoot with my beautiful friend and shot by David Fournier.

She’s a total babe.

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Giving back is really important to me. I try to give away a makeup makeover at least 6 times a year.

By giving, I get so much more in return. I always leave these makeovers happy and fulfilled and the last one I did in 2015 was by far the best of the year.

When I announced that Siobhan won, she responded almost right away but she had a dilemma.  She lives in Terrace, BC which is about 8 hours  away from Squamish, and the greater Vancouver area.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, until she told me that she’d be coming into Vancouver over the next week or so. I instantly jumped at the idea and made the arrangements.

When I arrived and first met Siobhan, we connected right away. She was so excited to learn new tips and tricks and you could tell she was genuinely excited for a makeup makeover.

I set up my chair and she jumped right in and said “I feel like a movie star”.

Siobhan was the perfect reminder as to why I do these makeovers. It brings out a level of confidence and self love that just makes me feel great. Each and everyone of these women look at me with an appreciation for making them feel beautiful, confident and powerful and that alone is the main reason why I do this.

When I was done with my makeup makeover on Siobhan, I had a few minutes left so I asked if her daughter Aedin who is 14 and was eagerly watching me the whole time, if she wanted to sit in the chair and get a min makeover too. She was absolutely happy too.

That smile on their face that lasts, is priceless.

Check out Siobhan and her daughter Aedin’s beauty looks.

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