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7 Essential Tips Every Client Should know: Insights from a Professional Makeup Artist

Discover the top 7 tips from an experienced makeup artist to ensure a smooth beauty experience for your special day. Learn about the importance of timing, natural makeup misconceptions, managing allergies, understanding pricing, setting realistic expectations, bridesmaids' makeup etiquette, and appointment preparation. Perfect for brides, event-goers, and anyone looking to collaborate seamlessly with a makeup artist.




Makeup artists and beauticians, much like me often revel in their work. But there are certain aspects that can become frustrating, echoing the sentiment of the animated character Peter Griffin about what "grinds gears."


Timing is Crucial:

If a wedding is scheduled before 1 pm, and there's more than one person needing makeup, early rising is essential. A makeup artist typically allocates 40 minutes per person for makeup and about 90 minutes for hair, depending on the style. The preference is to have everyone ready 30-45 minutes before necessary since dressing up can be time-consuming. A ceremony at 12 means being ready by 11:15. If the makeup artist or hairstylist plans to start at 7 am, they expect to start at that time, not later. Adhering to these times is vital for the artist, especially if they have subsequent appointments.

Natural Makeup Misconceptions:

When clients send pictures of celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Little Mix, asking for 'natural' makeup, they're often mistaken. What is perceived as natural in these images is actually full-coverage makeup. I am sure your makeup artist will be more than happy to give you a version of this style of makeup but be prepared it may not look the same, but trust the expertise and advice of your makeup artist and let them create you something that suits you.

Allergies, Illnesses, and Infections:

A significant part of a makeup artist's time off is spent cleaning and sanitizing their tools to prevent the spread of infections. Clients are typically required to sign a contract indicating any allergies, illnesses, or infections. This information allows the artist to take necessary precautions to avoid contaminating their tools.

Haggling Over Prices:

The pricing set by makeup artists reflects their skill, experience, training, insurance, and the quality of their tools and products. Clients are encouraged to consider these factors instead of simply seeking the cheapest option. While not all inexpensive services are poor, it's crucial to ensure that the artist's work is reputable, insured, and qualified.

Managing Expectations:

The artist loves using inspirational images to tailor makeup designs to suit the client's features and event type. However, clients must understand that some requests, like a specific eyebrow shape or makeup style, might require additional preparation or might not suit their natural features.

Bridesmaids' Makeup:

On a bride's day, her preferences take precedence. The makeup artist ensures that while the makeup adheres to the bride's wishes, it is still tailored to suit each bridesmaid's features.

Appointment Tips:

Clients are advised to arrive on time, with a clean, makeup-free face and to have a clear flat surface ready for the artist to set up on, near natural light and a socket if possible. This preparation aids in the efficient use of time and ensures the best possible outcome.


In summary I express a deep love and admiration for the job and I am eager to share these insights not out of frustration but as a means to enhance the understanding and cooperation between clients and artists.


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