Todayís brides can often spend thousands of dollars on their wedding gown, veil etc. Professional photographers are sought out and hired to capture every special moment.The ceremony, reception sites and caterers also must be carefully selected.Very few brides realize the importance of selecting a makeup artist - someone they will feel comfortable with, who can accentuate and bring out her beauty on this special day.As a certified professional makeup artist with years of experience I came to the realization that guidelines concerning this specialty service are long overdue.The statements following are my opinions and the only purpose is to give new brides suggestions and assistance with the selection of a makeup artist for herself or her bridesmaids.
Most important - for the convenience of the bride or bridesmaids the artist should come to you on your wedding day. Depending on your location, some may charge a small travel fee which is normally around a $0.40 to $0.70 per mile outside of certain radius.
Make sure the artist is certified as a professional. Ask for his or her certification validating they have received the proper training.
Ask to see their professional portfolio. All professional makeup artists have a portfolio displaying samples of their work. For many, this portfolio goes far beyond weddings. When looking at the portfolio, ask who the photographer is and when the picture was taken.
Under no circumstances agree to makeup services if a preview is not available. The price for a preview is included either in the total cost of the services or as a separate charge. If the preview is included in the cost of the services; you may be required to hire the artist and sign a contract with them before the preview. When the preview is separate, you can check the artistís work out before you hire them. Keep in mind that the preview should be a full session and your final look should be just like the one you will get at the wedding. Many professional artists will record the materials used and take a picture of the final look and use it for a reference at the wedding.
Be aware of the "do-it all" people. "Do-it all" people are the hair dressers that also do makeup, nail technicians with hair dressing skills, etc. Nevertheless, there are professionals that have the training and licensure to cut your hair, do your nails and apply your makeup, but this is very rare, most specialize in one or two things. Usually, the professional makeup artists have the training to apply the makeup and style (not cut or color) the hair.
Ask for a wedding contract. All self respecting professionals have a contract that outlines the dates, times, locations, services and terms and conditions. The contract is a legal document that binds all parties and it can be legally enforced. Without it, if anything goes wrong, not much can be done.
Ask the candidate if they have a business license. Most states require you to have a business license before any for hire services can be rendered. As a legal entity the business owner/artist must pay taxes and register with the state.