Not all makeup artists are alike, each has their own areas of expertise, some do bridal makeup, some do runway makeup and some do makeup for television or video. Choosing the right makeup artist for your wedding requires many considerations. There are several items you’ll want to discuss with any makeup artist you are considering for your wedding day.
After you’ve spent time thumbing thru your favorite bridal magazines, scrolled thru the endless pics on Instagram and created your vision board on Pinterest it’s time to get serious about what to ask a Makeup Artist about your wedding day makeup.
1. Do you have a portfolio of your body of work that I can view?
Why this is important: You’ll want to see a body of their work or real brides in real scenarios in high resolution. Viewing their portfolio will give you an in depth look at their skill level, diversity and the area they specialize in. If their portfolio primarily consists of runway shots chance are they won’t have a full understanding of the complexity of bridal makeup.
2. Do you have references I can call?
Why this is important: Contacting references gives you the info that photos can’t tell you. It’s easy for an artist or an agency to “toot their own horn” but a third party reference will give you the inside deets you’re looking for such as do they arrive on time, do they conduct themselves in a professional manner these things add to both credibility and reliability. A list of references should include past clients, other wedding vendors and venues for you to choose from. Third party references are brutally honest! If they’ve burned or if one of their clients have been burned they WILL let you know.
3. What type of products do you use?
Why this is important: If you have specific needs due to allergies to specific ingredients you’ll want to discuss this with your artist.
4. How much time should I allow for may makeup on my wedding day?
Why it’s important: Many make the mistake of not allowing enough time for hair and makeup on the day of, especially if there is more than just the bride waiting for hair and makeup leaving you stressed out big time as everyone waits for their turn.
The timeliness of hair and makeup sets the tone for the entire timeline for the brides day. You should book your Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist as soon as you establish your ceremony time and your first look with your photographer. This allows us to use our expertise to create your timeline so nobody feels stressed, pressed or rushed once they are in the chair. Giving everyone plenty of time to get out the door and arrive on time.
5. Do you work on location?
Why this is important: The last thing you need to be doing on your wedding day is running all over creation fighting traffic and being out in the elements or trying to coordinate appointments for your bridal party.
Each bride or bridal party is provided with a team of two professionals, both an artist and a stylist, each an expert in their own field arrive with kits, lights and a chair ready to custom fit your unique bridal hair and makeup.
Your team arrives promptly, sets up their product and tools and gets the creative show started. Each of our artists and stylists has a kit fully stocked with an array of products to make sure every skin tone and completion as well as hair texture and length can be taken care of.
By providing you with a team of two your hair and makeup time is efficient and stress free.
6. Do you provide a trial?
Why this is important: A makeup trial gives you an opportunity to meet your artist face to face and a chance to get to know them and how they work. It’s a priceless opportunity to see just how you’re makeup will look on your wedding day.
What If I don’t have time for a trial? Las Vegas is the destination wedding capital of the world, so we completely understand and know that sometimes there is just not an opportunity to schedule a trial. In those instances, Makeup In The 702 provides a phone consultation and we work through the prep details to ensure that we hit a home run on your wedding day.
7. What happens if there is an emergency and you can’t be there on my wedding day?
Why this is important: Contingency plans MUST be a part of your planning process for your wedding. Just as with your venue if you are planning an outdoor wedding there needs to be a contingency plan in the event of inclement weather.
Get the contract! We’ve seen broken commitments and broken hearts don’t let your wedding day be a victim!
We can’t stress this enough. Imagine you’re a bride in the short hours before your ceremony anxiously awaiting the arrival of your hair and makeup artist and they are a no show…. it’ happens and it’s devastating. If you did not have a contract in place for their services you have no recourse. Be wary of those that do not ask for a deposit it’s an open door for no show. As we mentioned earlier make sure your artist is licensed, a non-licensed makeup artist or stylist is HUGE red flag for disaster in that they clearly do not yet understand this key element of professionalism of business.
We hope you find these insider tips helpful and that you’ll be planning your 2021 wedding in fabulous Las Vegas.
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