We have compiled a list of 15 questions to ask a wedding makeup artist before you decide on one. We absolutely love weddings and believe that every special day deserves a special look. You’re getting married and are looking for a makeup artist to help you look your best on your wedding day, it’s important to make sure you and the artist are in total agreement on what you want. Not only that, but you should feel good about the makeup artist you’ve chosen and trust that she will make your wedding makeup look the best. So, with that in mind, here is a list of 15 questions to ask a makeup artist when you’re considering hiring her for your wedding. These questions will help you get a better idea of the makeup artist’s style, service, and overall experience. Also read, why do you need to hire a makeup artist for your wedding? You may also want to know how to choose your wedding makeup style.
1.What is your availability on the wedding day?
This is the most important detail. Making sure your makeup artist is available on your wedding day. This is quite possibly the most essential question to ask, so don’t forget it! You also want to know how long you’ll have your makeup artist for that day, so be clear about the schedule you envision.
2. What’s your rate and what does that include?
To ensure you fully understand pricing and what you’re getting for your money, you should always ask a prospective makeup artist the following questions when initially contacting them for a quote. Ask these questions of a friend that’s had a makeup artist before, or ask them of the makeup artist at your salon or spa. This is your money, and you need to be sure you know exactly what you’re paying for. Even if makeup artists advertise prices on their websites, it’s always best to confirm with them since their sites may be out of date or they might have special event costs. You also want to know what you’re getting for your money, of course! Does the bottom line include a trial run or is that extra? Does your makeup artist have any hidden fees? Now, since you’ve done your homework, you can discuss your needs with a prospective makeup artist, and find out whether or not your needs fit their services. If they can’t do the job you want, they can recommend someone that can. Now’s the time to talk dollars and cents and make sure the makeup artist fits in your wedding budget.
3. Are you available to travel?
When it comes to wedding beauty, there are a million tiny details you’ll have to consider, and one of the biggest is, is your makeup artist available to follow you and travel. Will you have on-site makeup artists, or will you be hiring one who will have to travel to your venue? Whether you’re having a destination wedding overseas or are just traveling to the next state over, making sure your potential wedding makeup artist is open to following you is key. After all, you don’t want to find out a week before the wedding that they only take clients in their studio or have a fear of flying, do you? Many couples opt for a local makeup artist when they’re traveling for their wedding, but some would rather find a well-known talent or have someone in mind already. So this is your chance to get down to the nitty-gritty and find out just how much more traveling will cost you.
4. Can we do a makeup trial?
Practice makes perfect, right? Doing a trial run of your wedding makeup before the big day is equally as important for you as it is for your makeup artist because it’s a chance for you two to get on the same page. This is the time to communicate your color preferences and let your makeup artist know how light or heavy handed they should be with the mascara and foundation!
5. Do you have photos of your previous wedding makeup work?
It’s important that you ask to see the portfolio of the makeup artist’s work. This is because it’s the best way for you to know what she can do to your face. Photos are like a cheat sheet for a make up artist. For instance, from the photo, you can see how the makeup artist lined the eyes, the size of eyeliner used, does she usually contour the clients’ cheeks, does she usually use blush and what colour and lots more hints. You wouldn’t trust just anybody to do your makeup on the most important day of your life, would you? Make sure anyone you’re about to book has experience and actual proof in the form of client testimonials, photos, etc. so you can see if they’re worth your time. You’ll also be able to get a sense of their style and whether you see yourself really working with them.
6. How long have you been in business
This question is to gauge the makeup artist’s work experience and her years of skills in servicing and managing clients in the makeup industry. You will have more confidence in a professional makeup artist who has worked and rendered wedding makeup service to many clients for the duration of 3 years and above. It would be an added advantage if you do some research and read through the testimonials and feedbacks given by the clients to the makeup artist to know more about her performance.
7. What kinds of makeup products do you use?
Does the wedding makeup artist of your dreams exclusively use a brand that made your skin freak out that one time? It can be a challenge to plan for your wedding day makeup, since there are so many options for every makeup look. You may not know what types of makeup products are best for your skin type, or how to pick the colors that flatter your skin tone. Since you don’t want to show up to your wedding with a makeup look you don’t like, it’s important to ask your wedding makeup artist questions. Keep in mind these questions that you should ask a wedding makeup artist before you book them. See whether the products used by the makeup artist suit you. You may have sensitive skin and you need to communicate with the makeup artist so please make sure the makeup artist carry some hypoallergenic cosmetic products that are suitable for both healthy and sensitive skin. Are you into natural products but this makeup artist only uses brands with preservatives? These are deal breakers for some brides, so don’t be afraid to ask the makeup artist to open up their tool case and show you the goods before committing to anything! The products a makeup artist uses are the key to making your face glow on your wedding day, so you want to get a sneak peek of what you’re paying for before signing on the dotted line.
8.What will you do to make my makeup last and look great in photos?
Weddings seem to go by in the blink of an eye, but the actual day itself can be a long (and emotional) one, and you want your makeup to last as long as you do. It doesn’t hurt to ask your makeup artist what techniques he or she uses to ensure a long-lasting look that’ll stand up through tears and heat (for outdoor brides), and how he or she plans to make your features stand out in those all-important wedding album photos. That way, you’ll have one less thing to worry about knowing you’re in capable hands. Find out how to look photogenic on your wedding day.
9. How long does it take to finish the makeup?
You’ve spent hours looking for the perfect wedding makeup artist, and you’ve finally found the best one for you. But it’s time to get down to business: What does the process look like, exactly? While there’s no set time frame for getting your makeup done, it’s always best to ask about how long the makeup artist thinks it will take – and what you can do to help the process along. With an estimated timeframe, you will roughly know how long it will take and you will not be late for the next itinerary.
10. Are you free to do my bridesmaids’ or family members’ makeup too?
It’s your big day, but you’ve also got a crew of bridesmaids behind you who also want to look their best, and they might want to get their makeup professionally done too. Some brides require their ‘maids to get their makeup done together and some just offer it as a courtesy, but either way, you should ask your makeup artist what your options are so your maids know well in advance. And if your mom or mother-in-law would like her makeup done as well, be sure to ask your makeup artist if he or she can accommodate them.
11. What kind of a bridal look would you suggest for me?
Asking this can reveal a lot, actually. You can find out a makeup artist’s communication style, how well the two of you would work together, and a bit about their knowledge base with this simple little question. And if the two of you don’t end up working out, at least you got some professional advice out of it!
12. Do you have a backup plan in case something goes wrong?
Emergencies and challenges usually happen unexpectedly. That’s why it’s a good idea to ask your wedding makeup artist about their practice when you start talking about your wedding day makeup plans. Make sure that you have a backup plan in place if something goes wrong, and learn about what your makeup artist is planning to do in case of emergency. The key to a successful wedding day is making sure that you’re prepared…and that your wedding makeup artist is, too. It’s always good to ask about Plan B in case something happens to Plan A, just in case.
13. What payment methods do you accept?
If you’re getting married soon and you’re looking for a makeup artist, you’re probably wondering what payment options they accept. You may have heard that credit cards, cash and sometimes cheque are the most common, but at times the options are more limited than that. So, always ask to be certain of the payment methods accepted by the makeup artist.
14. What is your cancellation policy?
Asking questions is the best way to make sure you get a great wedding makeup artist. And it’s important to get this one out of the way early. No matter what type of wedding makeup artist you need, you’ll want to know what happens if circumstances change (you get sick, the groom gets cold feet, the venue loses your deposit, etc.). If you booked a makeup artist who charges on a sliding scale, you’ll want to know if the deposit is also refundable. Similarly, if you’re working with an hourly or flat fee makeup artist, you’ll want to know if you’ll receive a refund on unused time.
15. Can I see a copy of your standard contract?
If there are any other details you think you’re leaving out or any questions you’re afraid you left unasked, this question just about covers it all and ensures that you see each clause and everything you’re signing up for.
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