So the time has come to select a wedding makeup artist. Well, it is not that easy, especially when the market is swamped with a billion artists. Choosing the right makeup artist is crucial. Here we are sharing a list of 12 questions to ask a makeup artist for a wedding before booking.
Here we go……
1. Are you available on my wedding day?
This is the first and foremost question that you need to ask your makeup artist. It is crucial to know in advance whether the potential makeup artist will be available or not. If the artist is available, you can proceed ahead, and if not, then start searching for another.
2. How shall I book you for my wedding date?
It is essential to know what the wedding makeup artist requires to secure your date on her book.
3. How many weddings have you done so far? Do you work with brides?
To understand how much experience the potential makeup artists possess, you need to ask this question, as the ones who work with brides exclusively will understand their needs better than an artist working with runway models. Besides, you will also know whether the makeup artist can work with unpredictable lighting and space in various settings (such as wedding venue dressing rooms or hotel rooms) or not.
4. Have you ever done makeup on someone with my skin condition?
This is crucial, especially if you have a sensitive skin type. You must have seen this makeup artists’ portfolio of past brides. However, you will need to know whether those brides had acne, scars, black marks, bags under their eyes, wrinkles, freckles, or a birthmark. Also, how did those clients look like without makeup? You need to understand how this artist conceals and contours real faces with real skin conditions. Don’t miss asking for before-and-after pictures; it will let you have a clear idea if this makeup artist can handle your unique skin conditions or not.
5. Do I need to pay a deposit?
Well, it is crucial to understand the payment terms of the makeup artist so that you can book her accordingly. Some makeup artists ask for a nominal deposit, some may ask for 25 – 50% of the services’ total package.
6. Will there be a contract?
It is imperative to get everything in writing, along with the receipts for each payment. A clear outline of services will ease your fears and prevent you from any unpleasant surprises on your wedding day. Make sure your makeup artist provides you a well-written contract with services, timing, payment, additional charges details. The contract should also have provisions for unusual or unforeseen events such as illness on the wedding day or the contract’s cancellation. Doing so will give you legal recourse to recover your money if the artist does not provide the services as agreed. Do not book a makeup artist who does not provide a contract or does not want a deposit.
7. How much is the total cost of the package, and what all it includes?
Don’t miss to ask the total cost of wedding makeup services and whether or not it includes a makeup trial. Besides, do ask about the taxes or gratuity, the time to pay, along with the types of payment methods. Also, get information on hidden fees or extra charges; sometimes, you do not realize that a package contains a hidden fee, which adds to your cost. Ask whether the prices are quoted on an hourly or per person rate for your bridal party. Either way is fine, but it’s good to ask beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises.
8. Do you provide a makeup trial?
A makeup trial is important, be wary of the potential artist who does not provide a makeup trial. Know how far in advance you need to book how you can schedule the same. Besides, ask the artist at which location the trial would be.
9. Which brands of products do you use?
However, most professional makeup artists use a wide range of different brands; you may not be aware of it. But it is okay; you need to know whether or not your artist can change products to fit your needs and your skin. It is crucial to book an artist who understands your needs well and could change the products fitting to your needs.
10. Would you come to the venue, or will I have to come to your studio or salon?
Ask this because you will have to arrange for a vehicle for yourself or make suitable arrangements accordingly. It is always good to book an artist who can travel to your venue; it saves a lot of time and stress. Otherwise, you will keep getting worried about reaching the venue on time.
11. Is there any travel or location fee involved? Are there any other travel-related expenses that I need to cover?
If your artist is offering on-location makeup for your wedding day, then ask whether you have to pay a travel fee or not. If you have to pay the travel fee, you need to know how much the cost will be and till what distance it is applicable.
12. Would you be doing my makeup on my wedding day or somebody else? If somebody else is doing, then can I talk to her?
This is really, really, very important! Of course, the last thing you want is to have somebody else do your wedding makeup trial and somebody else showing up on your wedding day to do your bridal makeup. Your makeup artist should be the same for both your makeup trial and your wedding day makeup. So ask this in advance so that there are no surprises at the last moment.
So there you have it – the twelve main questions to ask a makeup artist for a wedding and to decide if she’s really “the one.” Do enough research beforehand so as to avoid last-minute chaos!
Happy Wedding…. ☺ ☺