Brides... hire a professional!! Real stories from brides who didn't, and how to avoid disaster
17 Sep 2015
I've written a blog post previously about the cost of bridal makeup, but having done a number of weddings since then, I feel the need to write this!
I am regularly (not just occasionally, but regularly!) contacted by frantic brides who have been let down by their makeup artist. One bride said she had booked a makeup artist following a successful trial, only for the makeup artist to text her a couple of weeks prior to the wedding (in response to the bride requesting confirmation of the booking) to say "oh yeah, sorry - I can't get the time off work so won't be able to do it"!! Another bride told me that she had booked a makeup artist, but hadn't had any communication from her, despite numerous attempts - and then received a text message from the makeup artist at 11pm the night before the wedding asking for the address of the venue!! Needless to say that by that point, the frantic bride had already booked someone else.
This stuff actually happens!!! I am always amazed at how unprofessional some of these "professional makeup artists" are!
Here are some good signs to tell the good from the bad:
Are they qualified? If so, to what level and in what area of makeup? And I mean "qualified" - not "trained"! Anyone who watches Youtube videos could say "I've been trained by Sharon Farrell" for example!
Are they insured? A professional makeup artist who takes their work seriously has insurance to cover their clients and their kit.
Are they registered? With the HMRC. We "professionals" keep accounts and pay taxes, just like any other business.
Did you get a booking form / contract? You should have a contract or booking form, or some sort of paperwork which at least outlines (a) dates/timings, (b) cost and payment details, (c) addresses/venues, (d) cancellation policy, (e) contact details - website, email address, phone number... etc etc
There are some other indications you may be able to fish out for yourself to establish how seriously the makeup artist takes their work:
Their kit - a makeup artist who's been working for many years will have a kit to reflect that. They should have primers, foundations and powders to suit all skin types, as well as a wide range of eyeshadows and lip products. The eyelashes they have should be good quality - if they're cheap and shiney, because they're synthetic, it's not going to look great is it?! Their kit should contain a variety of makeup brands, not just one brand. Someone who has an all-MAC kit for example may appear to be the best option because, but someone who has a variety of different brands shows many years of trialling different brands and products to find the best of each brand! So have a nosey when they get their kit out.
Their brushes - they should have a LOT of brushes! I think I have somewhere in the region of 100 brushes, which is ridiculous and I am not suggesting every good makeup artist should be turning up with a suitcase of brushes! But they should have quite a lot, and most importantly, they should be clean! You absolutely don't want your lipstick being applied using a brush which has already been used on someone else, who may or may not have a coldsore, for example!
The way they work - a makeup artist should not be using a mascara wand, directly from the tube - they should use disposable mascara wands. They should be asking you questions about your skin type so as to establish what primers / foundations would work best. They should be cleaning their brushes between clients - I carry a bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol with me and kitchen towel to use to clean a brush if I wanted to use it on another person. These are just a few examples.
So, ladies... please save yourself the worry, time and money, and book a real professional! Someone who is qualified, knows what they're doing and who will actually turn up on the day!! You don't want to be lying awake the night before your wedding worrying incase your makeup artist is going to arrive or not... or, replying to a text received from them at 11pm either!