Begin by gathering a list of potential Make-up artists (MUA) in your area, through recommendations or online research. Take note of their work, style, price and reviews. Try to look up wedding sites/ forums like: mywedding.com, malaysiabrides.com, weddingsmalaysia.com, signatureweddins.asia. I did my investigation to get a more comprehensive view regarding the most talked-about and well-received MUAs in the country. Feel free to have a look at the data I compiled. You can do so by selecting "Makeup Artist" and clicking "Search" on the Vendor Listing Search as follows.
From there, browse through their profile, portfolio and images on the official websites or FB pages if available. If it doesn't interest you, move on to the next candidate to save time. Jot down brief remarks about the aspects that attract you. Let me bring you through this process by visiting Yen Makeup's website (http://yenmakeup.blogspot.com). Yen posted her most recent bride whose wedding happened recently in March and I already found something that I like! It's a smart strategy to keep the official website updated.
|The first page usually shows the MUA's latest jobs.|
|Types of sensational weaved braid updo|
|Study the before-after images.|
The front hair created angles to deflect the face chubbiness.
Yen increased the depth and dimension of the bride's eyes by application of darker shades near the lids.
|The elegance of by-gone eras|
|What a glamorous transformation! From the narrow-eye Chinese features to mixed-Asian look (the one on the right) with dazzling eyes that pop...|
|Pre-wedding photo-shoot style that matches the outfit and theme|
|Great technique to bring out the eyes, Yen gave the bride thicker upper lid lines, blended in several shades of brown up to the creases, filled the sparse brows evenly. The coral shimmer made the skin look dewy.|
Add some notes and links to remind yourself about the noticeable values about the MUA. For example -
Another very crucial aspect is the reviews about these MUAs. In May 2012, someone recommended Yen's good value make-up package on WEDresearch blog, as she was a satisfied customer. You may doubt the validity of the commenter as she signed it as Anon. In fact we cannot be 100% sure the authenticity of any comments even if they they are written using proper accounts. Throughout the years of finding information online, I tend to not look at the surface but dive into the details, that's what I call "conducting a research" I guess. That will be explained shortly in this post. Sometimes you have to rely on gut-feeling and experience identifying who's telling the truth and who's happy-client-impersonator or a spiteful competitor for that matter. Anon seems legit. She was not over doing it in hard-selling Yen and whatever she mentioned has also been brought up by the others.
Congratulations to CpMoon (iamcpmoon.blogspot.com) on her wedding! She was attracted to Yen because of her hair design, extra nail art service and affordable price. Her hair looked so amazing and real on her wedding that people asked if that was her genuine hair.
|CpMoon's comment on WEDresearch. Source|
|CpMoon's comment on Yen's blog|
The wedding forum/ sites to go to for feedback are malaysiabrides, mywedding.com and personal blogs. It's nice to know some quick tips to Google search what you want precisely. You can do a website specific search by using the "site:" modifier. Include the ("") to search for an explicit phrase. There are at least two MUAs bearing the name of Yen, the other one is Chew Yen. To exclude the word "chew", just add the (-) sign. If you want the results to show similar words of wedding like nuptial, marriage... use (~) in front. Examples:
site:malaysiabrides.com "yen makeup" -chew ~wedding
site:mywedding.com yen make up artist
wedding reception blog yenmakeup eyes
|Yen meticulously working on the eyes to make them look amazing.|
ranul @ Nov 2012
I would like to recommend Yen, my MUA for my big day...her website here: http://yenmakeup.blogspot.com. while i was searching for MUA for my wedding, i noticed all makeup almost the same, the diff is on the hair design...and I chose Yen because of her elaborate hair design..her price is reasonable too, including 1 set of nail arts ^^ On time, fast, efficient, friendly, very skillful in hair design...package is very affordable.
CpMoon @ Jul 2012
I booked Yen as my MUA for AD ^^ I was attracted to her service because of her hair design skill and the extra service (the nail art), at very affordable price ^^ The makeup trial was great, and she was quite accommodating to my request...in fact, after the trial she didn't push me to book her or demand the trial makeup payment; it was me who initiate the booking confirmation, lol...I will update again after my AD...can't wait to be made up be her on my big day :)
Anon @ May 2012
Yen offers very good value for her make up package...i hired her as my MUA...see her service from her blog here: http://yenmakeup.blogspot.com/p/my-services.html. I am a satisfied client of Yen...
Compilation of testimonials on Yen
My hubby and everyone liked/ admired the image you created. Love the nice hair-do and make-up. Thanks for your help. you have magic hands and made me so gorgeous. Words cannot describe how much I appreciate your work. Will definitely recommend to my friends. Excellent in hair-styling. Satisfied with your professionalism in fulfilling all the requests. MUA with affordable price.
Organize the information of your preferred candidates like this -