So let's talk about what planning for your wedding makeup should look like!
Let's say you planned, you're organized ( and if not here's an awesome article to help you get started) Planning tips
Your next step is to do some research about who you are going to hire. I would ask some of your other wedding vendors, or use forums like Wedding Wire or The Knot. Or good old faithful Google.
Do you have a family member or friend who looked fantastic on their wedding day? Ask them! Most of my clients are referrals! (word of mouth is a powerful tool!)
I would start this process at least 6-9 months prior to your wedding. If you are going to take engagement pictures, maybe sooner. Finding the right makeup artist can make or break what your pictures will look like on your special day. I have worked with enough brides and photographers to know that if you have bad makeup, your pictures will be nothing more than OK at best.
Once you find the right person be sure to ask them the right questions. Refer to my Q&A section for some great ideas of questions you should be asking the artist. Some other things to consider are asking for a look at their portfolio ( does it match your style?), what they charge ( does it fit into your budget?), what products they use ( are you sensitive, have troubled skin, etc) because these are all factors the artist needs to know! Find some ideas of looks or styles you enjoy ( Pintrest is full of them) and start collecting them. Pictures are a great starting point to creating your look!
Lastly, this same process goes for your hair stylist as well! One of the biggest consistent complaints I hear from my stylists friends is how stressful a last minute client can be. Anyone in the beauty world is used to working long hours, being flexible with last minute changes and working hard to please our clients, but one thing we cannot tolerate is Ms. I Waited Till the Last Minute. At the end of the day, and in all seriousness, I will do my best to accommodate every client possible. It just makes my job as your makeup artist and your job as the "bride" a lot easier if we have plenty of time to plan :)