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02: Makeup Mishaps: How to Prevent Wedding Day Disasters with Danielle Neiswender

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In our world, it’s easy to show only the best parts of life. The wedding industry takes that to a whole new level of perfection. We grew up watching royal weddings, tear-jerking RomComs, and countless princess stories. 

Forget vanilla one-size-fits-all articles and planning guides, we dive deep to give you real-world advice from those who do this for a living.

Today we have in the guest chair Danielle Neiswender. Danielle is a long time makeup artist and educator with over 13 years in the industry. She’s worked on hundreds of faces and many, many brides. She is a no nonsense kind of girl and believes that beauty should be a stress free experience for any bride.

In this episode we break through some “picture perfect” wedding myths to help you love the way you look on your big day.

In this episode we share:

  • UNPOPULAR OPINION: Your MUA’s personality is as important as their skill.
  • Why the beauty team is often the reason your wedding will run late (and how to avoid it).
  • Can’t afford a pro makeup artist? Here is a brilliant solution!
  • Don’t let the pretty IG pages fool you. How to find the right MUA for you.
  • Makeup “for the photos” is BS and bad advice. We share what really matters.
  • A sneaky reason makeup can ruin your wedding photos.
  • How to wear a red lip and still kiss.
  • How to handle payment so it’s not awkward on your wedding day.

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Makeup Mishaps:
How to Prevent Wedding Day Disasters

This Episode's Guest

Danielle Neiswender

Makeup Artist,

D Neiswender Artistry

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Featured Question

Q: Is there really a wedding mark up?

Do you feel like the industry charges more “because it’s a wedding” and they know it’s an emotional purchase?

Do companies think that they can charge more for weddings since the bride and groom may be willing to spend more on their dream wedding?

Hey wedding pros – is this higher price tag justified? Why? Do you charge more for your service if it is a wedding?

This is a taboo topic, whispered but not discussed… until now.

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2 comments

    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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