Everyone already knows why you should hire a professional makeup artist for your wedding day but no one really knows what they should be doing before booking the makeup artist.
There are hundreds of makeup artists in Manila and if you don’t know where to begin your search, it can get pretty overwhelming. Heck, I’m a makeup artist and I’ve lost count of how many we are already.
Here are a few steps that might help you before booking your makeup artist:
1) Stalker Mode On
You need to whip out your inner stalker skills when hunting for the right Wedding Makeup Artist and please don’t tell me you’ve never stalked your high school crush. There is a stalker in all of us.
Use hashtags to jumpstart your search in social media. Some popular hashtags you might want to try using are #weddingsmanila, #weddingmakeupartist, #bridalmakeup, #bridalmakeupartist, #weddingsph and #airbrushmakeup. If you already have a list of make up artists to choose from, go find online reviews about them and ask your married friends and relatives for feedback. You definitely have a friend (or two) who’s already married so don’t be afraid to ask her about her make up artist and if he or she is any good.
Find out if they’re on time because you don’t want your makeup artist to be late on your wedding day and end up rushing your makeup. Find out if they clean their brushes, sanitize their products and if they’re hygienic because the last thing you want is a bunch of disgusting warts growing on your face. Find out if they are easy and pleasant to work with because your makeup artist is the first wedding supplier to arrive in your hotel room. You are definitely going to absorb his or her energy.
You need to find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Follow them so you can see if their makeup style is what you’re looking for. It has to fit your personality and of course, you have to like it. Do enough research before booking a trial session with your makeup artist. Remember, trials aren’t free so it’s best to narrow your options to a maximum of 3.
2) Have a Trial
It’s very important to schedule a trial session with your makeup artist because the trial run is a preview of what you will look like on your wedding day. No trial means no sneak peak into what your look is going to be. This also means that you’re forced to be happy with your look, regardless of the outcome. If you’re a hands-on bride who pays attention to small details, I highly suggest you have a trial before booking your Wedding Make Up Artist.
The trial gives you a chance to express your desired makeup look and explain your type of skin. Are you oily, dry or combination? Are you allergic to certain makeup brands? It also gives your makeup artist a chance to assess your skin and study your facial features way before your wedding day, under no time pressure whatsoever.
During the trial, you should show your makeup artist some pegs of makeup you wish for him or her to draw inspiration from. Show a photo of your dress and your bouquet too. The more details you show about your wedding, the more inspired your makeup artist will be.
Your makeup artist, after she’s done doing your makeup, should write down all the products he or she used on you. Usually, it is written down on a face chart or continuity chart.
This is the face chart I use during all my trials. I bring the same face chart on the wedding day to serve a guide.
If your makeup artist doesn’t take note of the products that were used, how is she or he going to remember what products to use on your wedding day? Remember, trials happen 3-6 months before the big day so unless your makeup artist has 100% memory skills, I highly suggest he or she takes note of it all.
3) Contract Signing
When you find the right Wedding Make Up Artist, it is important you book him or her as soon as possible. We are often booked a year in advance. In fact, some weddings in 2018 are already booked in 2016. There aren’t a lot of weekends in a year – 8 weekends in a month, 96 weekends in a year. It’s a race, I tell you. Unahan is the name of the game.
Be ready to make a down payment if you want your date saved. My policy is No Down Payment, No Save The Date. I also don’t accept pencil bookings because I have to be fair to my brides who pay on time. It’s first come, first serve.
I recently posted this on my IG account as a gentle reminder to those asking if I can pencil book them without a down payment.
After you’ve made the down payment, ask for a contract because it helps keep everyone clear on payment terms and expectations. My contract also explains my cancellation policies, when to settle the remaining balance and it discusses crew meal arrangements or meal allowance budget.
I think you shouldn’t book anyone without a contract. It protects you and weeds out shady makeup artists.
How about you? What are the other important steps that you think brides should do before booking a makeup artist?