How to choose your perfect Makeup/Hair Artist
Sometimes things are not as simple as they may seem, I know it’s hard for me to decide when I want to purchase a simple item (generally beauty products!) First I need to research the product, read a few reviews, then even ask some people their opinions. This is the age of the saavy shopper.
This got me thinking, booking a service is just as hard, we all want the best service for the most affordable price but in most cases cheap is not always good and good not always cheap. In a technology fulled market with so many options out there how we do choose the best one?
Here are a few simple steps that can really save you the endless hours of searching and contacting, to selecting the right choice for your Wedding, engagement or special occasion.
1. Word of mouth is a force of nature
Whether it’s your best friend, Mother, next door neighbour or your cousins-best friend’s-sister , there is no stopping the force of nature that is word of mouth, a good client referral is always a seal of approval.
2. A picture tells a thousand words
Any professional Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist will have a professional website with a range of great images and examples of their work, if it’s the style that suits you, this is your Artist.
3. Variety is the spice of life
Not everyone has the same face, head of hair or the same taste, so what suits your sister may not suit you. Some artists specialize in specific areas of the Industry (this is totally fine) and no two artists are the same , finding an artist that has a broad range of work may suit you better, just don’t limit your expectations thinking an artist can only do one thing.
4. Hello my name is
In our text message society sometimes writing a formal email can seem painstakingly long, however it does not need to be an essay just a simple “Hello my name is… I found you here or was referred by such and such” is always a great way to open a conversation and start on the right foot, remember we get A LOT of inquiries and not always are they polite ones.
Don’t be afraid to ask relevant questions, such as what products the artist uses, if they are willing to travel to a particular location, whether they are confident with a particular style of makeup that you would like. All questions are relevant and is a good way for your artist to get to know you better too. The more information the better- more is more!
5.The Price is Right
Some Artists do not list their price list on their website due to personal choice, always inquire about the price politely . Remember an Artist is priced due to Industry standard, experience, products used, insurance , travel etc, asking them to ‘discount’ or ‘price match’ may not always be a favourable outcome, some offer packages for more than on person upon a booking but not all do this.
6. It’s all in the details
Once again Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists do get a number of inquiries on a daily basis. The best way to get the most effective response is by listing all your details, ie the occasion, date , time, location and number of people requiring the service, this cuts out the unneccessary back and forth and allows the stylist to either book you in straight away or refer you onto a trusted colleague should they not be available themselves. Handy hint: We also love pictures !!!
7. The Right Fit
When you find that perfect person to spend the rest of your life with you know. When you try on your perfect dress or suit you know. When you find the perfect makeup and hair stylist you know. Trials are imperative. This way you get to see the stylists skills and you also get to connect on a personal level and see if your energies align. Remember that on your big day you will be spending the first half of it with your stylists and you need to ensure it is going to be a calming, happy environment for you. Energy really is everything!