Does your makeup artist pass the test?? A lot of small details can get overlooked when planning a wedding. Here's a quick guide from the horses mouth so to speak on little things to look for when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding.
1. Look at their work. So they have a website or a facebook page to market themselves. When did they last post something? Is their work dated or is it reflective of the trends that are happening today? It's so easy to troll the interwebs for hours. Some artists are very specific about the clientele that they serve while others are more diverse. Try google searching and scroll through the images. If you see something you like, usually it will lead you to an artist. Or at least an image you can refer back to when discussing your look. And don't be afraid to ask if your artist can do the type of makeup you are interested in. Looking for airbrush? Ask!! Ethnic looks? Ask! No question is silly or unimportant. Remember, this is kind of the biggest day of your life!
2. Do they have any referrals posted or that they can send you? You are about to become their employer, and you are doing an interview! When I was a retail manager I always made sure my top candidates came with stellar referrals. And recent ones too. Referrals from 1997 are nice, but it can show that your artist is out of the loop and hasn't worked in a while. Diverse referrals are great too, but try to look for ones that are specific for what you are hiring your artist for. Doing a photo shoot? Look for referrals from photographers or models. Getting married? Look for referrals from past brides.
3. What's in their kit?? Please please please be proactive and ask about disposable items. Mascaras and lip glosses can harbor some nasty bacteria and the last thing a bride wants is pink eye or a cold sore!! Yuk. Also, don't be afraid to ask about colours and products. A professional artist will have a little bit of everything in their kit. Partly because we know that you never know what your client will like and partly because we are makeup junkies! You want to have full confidence that your artist can handle anything you or your bridal party can throw at them.
4. Ask about how your artist cleans their brushes and kit. This ties into item 3. I have seen some celebrity makeup artists out there who are charging massive bucks for their services but use dirty brushes. Now, I am a little ocd when it comes to my kit and my brushes need to and must be clean before each client. That means I don't see any residual product leftover in the brush. Again, bacteria likes to linger!! Also, how are products disinfected before each use?? One of my brides last summer insisted that I breakdown my entire process before she hired me because she had seen some janky brushes and kits in the past. I don't judge, but look for the clean!!
5. Personality. Ultimately whoever you end up hiring you should be able to trust, feel comfortable with, and be able to laugh with! Doing a brides' makeup for her wedding day is a very intimate process and part of a makeup artists job is not only to make you look glamorous but feel great too! We have been dubbed as untrained psychologists at times and it's true. In that vulnerable moment clients can divulge anything, so it's nice to know that your artist will not only be professional but personable too.
Any other tips that you'd like to share? Leave them below!!