I recommend a bride to come in for a complete makeup/ hair consultation, whether you are hiring me as your makeup artist or someone elses, a consultation/preview is so important not only to see if the artist you are hiring is someone you are comfortable working with but to see if their makeup and hair style is what you are looking for. Consultation/preview should be at least 3-6 months before your wedding day. You should take photographs after the preview - an inexpensive camera or smartphone will do. Take both indoor and outdoor shots to see how your makeup/hair actually looks on film and to see how long it wears. The most important thing is your complete satisfaction and your peace of mind.