The stage is set and the day is fixed, all plans are in place, and all tasks have been scheduled. It’s your wedding. But jeez, you forgot to fix up a make-up artist. You don’t want to look less than best. Not on that day. Of a truth, brides look extravagant and beautiful on their wedding day, but a touch of a make-up artist will brush it all up and give you a glamorous look.
Everyone wants to look gorgeous with beautiful skin, captivating hair and classy set up for their special occasion or even most especially their wedding. That’s all you want. Alas, it’s not too late for that. Selecting a makeup artist is an important decision whether it’s your dream wedding or a special occasion or event. It's best you dig deep and research to find someone who is flexible and suits your personality. Therefore you want to be conscious of selecting the best professional. How will you go about it? Here are seven important things to ask before hiring your makeup artist.
1. DO YOU MIND SHOWING ME A PORTFOLIO OF OUR WORK AND YOUR REFERENCE?
This will give you an idea of the makeup package and the skin tones he/she has worked with. You will be able to see examples on their social media page lie Instagram or their website. Most importantly, it will give you an insight if their skill level and their specialty. If they don’t have a portfolio, you might want to be cautious of your decision. Irrespective of how important or less important the booking is; you still need to have an idea of what they can do. In addition to that, it is advisable to ask for their reference.
Every makeup artist has a past client from who you can get their comments about the makeup artist. Lookout for comment and feedback posted on the makeup artist's page on social media including the client’s forum. It will help you in shortlisting the best out of the rest for your special day. This will bring a unique connection between both parties.
2. DO I BRING MY PRODUCTS AND ACCESSORIES OR WILL YOU BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPLYING THEM?
You don’t want to expect too much and get less. To avoid this, you need to communicate with your makeup artist. If you have a brand that’s your sure bet, you don’t want to stray away from it then you have to let your makeup artist know or in case of allergies.
Some makeup artist recommends bringing your product in case of skin allergies. Using your product gives you confidence about the color choice. Don’t be surprised if your artist wants to do some experiment with colors while you are having a trial; there is nothing to lose. Also, your accessories play a significant role in how your makeup is going to stand out. Be sure of who is responsible for your accessories and veil.
3. YOUR CHARGE GOES PER HOUR OR PER PERSON?
You don’t want to incur too many expenses. In as much as you are looking out for a professional makeup artist, you need to be minimizing cost as well. That does not mean you will hire an amateur. The charge is the key. If the charge rate is per hour, then it is worth considering. The essence of this question is to understand how they charge, mode of payment and the due date for payment to avoid surprise on your wedding day.
4. HOW LONG WILL YOU TAKE PER PERSON
It’s advisable to ask the makeup artist how long he/she takes to do makeup for one person. This will help you in planning your time. If the makeup artist takes 45 minutes per person, you will know when to get set for the makeup because you don’t want to be any minute late to your wedding. While considering this, be specific about the number of people you want him/her to make up for and if in case you will like a supporting artist to take care of your family, friends, entourages or guests makeup, communicate it to the makeup artist. This will help in apportioning the right time for makeup section while planning your big day.
5. REQUEST FOR THE LOCATION FOR THE MAKEUP
It is essential to sort out all logistics as early as possible to avoid confusion. Most makeup artists are flexible, mobile and are happy to do mobile makeup because it saves time, stress and traffic worries. So don’t be afraid to ask your makeup artist any question. Before the day of your wedding or special occasion, be sure to establish where the makeup will be done and that of everyone else. Putting this in place at the right time gives a satisfying feeling.
6. IS THERE MAKEUP TRIAL?
You may like to have a trial first to make sure you have the right color scheme and look for the day. A trial gives you the opportunity to test the skill of your makeup artist, attitude, and timeframe for the makeup and to communicate allergies to your makeup artist. A trial will give you a view of your look, mood and also best accessories that go along with your style. This is a great time to test and try colors, ask questions, so you know all you need to know. You might end up doing a completely different look than the one you want plan doing. It assures you that everything on the event day is going to be perfect.
7. IN CASE OF CONTINGENCY, WHAT IS YOUR PLAN?
You need to plan for an emergency because they are unpredictable. That is much reason you need to know if your makeup artist has a plan in place. They might have an assistant that can take over the work in their absence or a trusted makeup artist that can stand in for them.