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Navigating the Makeup Artist Experience: What Not to Ask Your MUA

Step into the world of professional makeup artistry with my insightful guide on how to interact with your makeup artist. Learn the key questions to avoid asking your MUA to maintain a respectful and professional relationship. This blog explores the importance of trust in a makeup artist's expertise, the significance of trials, respecting time schedules, and understanding product diversity. Get ready to discover the dos and don’ts of working with a makeup artist, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for your special occasions.


Requesting Discounts to Match Others:

Asking a makeup artist to lower their prices to match another artist or a friend undermines their expertise, experience, and investment in high-quality products and training.


Repeated Trials:

Expressing that you've had multiple trials with different artists can be a red flag. It's crucial to research and choose an artist whose style aligns with your vision.


Worries About Makeup Longevity:

Professional MUAs use quality products and techniques to ensure makeup lasts. They plan the makeup schedule around your event, so starting early is often necessary.


Last-Minute Lipstick Choices:

Inquire about lipstick during the trial, not on the day of the event. MUAs can’t hand out their products, but they can advise you on what to purchase for touch-ups.


Skipping the Trial:

A trial is a crucial part of the process for both the client and the MUA. It’s an opportunity to try different looks and ensure the final style aligns with your preferences and the event's theme.

A bridesmaid trial is not always necessary some makeup artists might disagree, but just having an idea of what you would want your bridesmaid/s to look like is sometimes enough for a good makeup artist to make your vision a reality.


I personally like to do a bridesmaids trial in front of the bride so she is able to help determine and finalise the vision she has for her bridesmaid and sometimes even her mother. Every bride is different and every artist is different so find out how they like to work.


Disliking Certain Products:

While personal preferences are important, remember that wedding makeup is different from everyday looks. Professional MUAs use products that enhance and photograph well.


Late Arrivals:

Respect the schedule set by your MUA. Late arrivals can disrupt the day's flow and affect the quality and timing of the makeup application.


Brand Restrictions:

MUAs use a diverse range of brands to achieve the best results. It’s unrealistic to expect them to use only one brand, but you can discuss any skin sensitivities or preferences beforehand.


This blog offers a light-hearted perspective on common questions MUAs encounter. Understanding these points helps create a smoother, more enjoyable experience for both you and your makeup artist.


Check out my blog 'Top 10 Must-Ask Questions for Your Wedding Makeup Artist: Expert Tips for a Perfect Day' for the questions that you should be asking.


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