It’s quite overwhelming to meet a makeup artist for the first time especially if you’re never hired one in the past. It’s even more confusing if it’s a really important event like your own wedding. I know a lot of makeup artists and I’ve had a lot of experience when it comes to clients. This article is to help you inquire with a makeup artist so you can arrive at a deal and close it faster.
Ask Around First
So you don’t waste anybody’s time, make sure to ask around first. Word of mouth is the most effective kind of marketing for a reason – it’s reliable. If you have any friends who had their makeup done in the past, you can ask for their recommendations, that way you can be sure that they’re reviews are legit.
Do a Portfolio Check
Once you have a list of names of makeup artists you may want to check out the internet. Every active makeup artist has an official portfolio posted online. Social media has really made it easy for us to do a portfolio check. This is where you can see a collection of the past works of an HMUA. It’s basically a gallery of different looks they’ve done before. This will help you gauge if a specific makeup artist can do the look you want.
Book an Appointment
You can do a phone consultation first. Especially if you’re not comfortable to go out. You can trust your gut at this point. If. you can’t enjoy conversations with your artist then it’s possible you won’t get comfy with them during your big day. It’s nothing personal. There are just some personalities that don’t match. If you hire a makeup artist, be sure to choose someone who you’re comfortable with.
By talking to them via the phone, you’ll already know if a transaction is going to go smooth or not.
Questions You Need to Ask
Prepare your questions beforehand. Take control of the consultation and show the HMUA that you want the best service. Asking your beauty professional the following questions is imperative:
- How long have you been a makeup artist? – length of time in the industry is only one indicator of skill
- What items do you use in your kit? – just in case your skin is sensitive and you have any preferences
- Do you have a team? – just in case you need makeup done on a lot of people with a limited time frame
Ask for Packages
Hair and makeup artists have preset packages. You might want to check those out because there might be a package that will suit your needs. If you don’t see anything you fancy, then you can ask a package to be customized. Just let the makeup artist know what you need and her or she should be able to give you a quotation.
Don’t forget to provide a peg, too! This will help them assist you better. The rule is when your needs are clear then your conversation should go well!