What makeup artists really want you to know…

Happy Wednesday Dolls!
As a wedding and event planner, I am the one that helps my clients book their vendors and get the details of their timeline squared away.  I have had the pleasure of speaking with some great on-location makeup artists and I hear the same issues that they all deal with.  I thought I would give you the lowdown and share what they want you to know…

  • As a bride, don’t overcommit your bridesmaids and command them to get their makeup done and then later call the makeup artist and tell them you are the only one getting your makeup done.  Although all your bridesmaids flaking out isn’t your fault (and isn’t the kind of stress you need right before your wedding!), you are working with a professional vendor – just like your photographer or venue – and you need to abide by what your signed contract.
  • Not all makeup artists are created equal.  Every artist has different experience, training, and knowledge.  A makeup artist just starting out will charge less than one that has been an artist for 5-10 years.
  • Just because your makeup artist is a different nationality or from a different background than you does not mean they cannot do your makeup.  Just ask them for pictures or ask to set up a trial.
  • When creating your wedding day hair and makeup schedule, don’t allow too little time for makeup and hair.  To be safe, allow 30-45 minutes per girl for hair and 30-45 minutes for makeup.  If you are the bride or getting specialty makeup done, allot at least 1 hour for hair and 1 hour for makeup.
  • Show up on time and be ready to go.  If you are scheduled to get your makeup done at 7:00am, don’t stroll in at 7:10am with makeup on from the night before.  On a wedding day, every minute in the timeline counts and you don’t want to be the one delaying the party plans.
  • If the contract says that there are 7 girls getting their makeup done and only 6 girls decide to get their makeup done, you are most likely still obligated to pay for the 7th girl (check your contract).
  • Make sure to abide by the payment terms and payment methods.  If your makeup company only accepts cash and you bring a credit card, it could be difficult trying to scrounge up money in the end.
  • Unless their contracts state otherwise, make sure to cover the cost of the the makeup artist’s parking for both the trial (if they are coming to you) and for the day-of your wedding.
  • Please make sure to tip your makeup artists.  When working for a company, their actual payout for the day may not be very much.
  • Please don’t talk down to them.  They shouldn’t be referred to as “just a makeup artist.”  These are talented individuals that pride themselves on making women (and men, too!) look and feel their best on the biggest day of their lives.