This may come across, initially, as dull and dry, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. It’s important, however, that you understand how tto book a makeup artist to save you headaches down the road.
For every successful and noteworthy hair and makeup company, there are sequences of events that need to be followed from the time you start looking at options till the time you leave for the chapel. There is also tons of questions right at the beginning:
When do I need to book my hair and makeup artist? As soon as you know the date, location, and venue. Here’s why: some vendors supply products, while others supply services. A vendor that supplies services, like a makeup artist, has to work within your time frame. For example, a florist can prepare your bouquet hours before and have it delivered at a certain time, but a makeup artist cannot do your makeup hours before. Many times we have had brides inquire about services, get the info and push it to the bottom of the list, only to inquire later and find out their appointment time has been scooped up by someone else. Especially during the busy season, your makeup artist of choice could be booked out a year in advance. The last thing you want is to be stuck with the makeup artist no one wants because they are the only ones available. (As an aside, same goes with your photographer. Book early!)
What does my makeup artist need to know to book me? The best way to avoid tons of back-and-forth emails is to completely fill out the contact page. While I can’t speak for other companies, our contact page is designed to gather every bit of information we need in order to confirm availability and give you an accurate quote. If you email us directly, you may not provide all the info we need. It also helps us keep track of all your info, eliminating you having to repeat yourself later if you answered a question buried in another email.
What is required to book a makeup artist? A professional hair and makeup company will always request a contract and retainer. It may seem like overkill to sign a legal document just for a makeup service, but if you book a company that doesn’t require this it should be a red flag that they do not value your event. Booking contacts protect both the artist and the bride by having the agreed services and time frames written down and accepted by both parties.
How much? This will vary greatly by area you’re booking in and quality of artist. Yes, it IS important that you ask this up front, so you know what kind of financial commitment is required. However, there are so many other things that could stop you from being able to book an appointment, like availability. (See top.) For example, a California artist will generally be more expensive than a Las Vegas artist simply because the cost of living there is proportionately greater. However, a Las Vegas artist is a lot less likely to have last minute appointments available due to the high flow of weddings here, where as a California artist might be available.
Amelia C & Co