The gathering of the bride is a magical beginning of the wedding day, which sets the mood for the entire holiday. In order for everything to go perfectly, and your image turned out exactly as you dreamed, you need to pay special attention to the search for a make-up artist and hair stylist. Chanfashion decided to make this task easier for you, so I prepared a list of questions to beauticians that you should ask before the wedding.
1. Do you have a portfolio?
It’s an important question, so we put it at the very top of the list. The portfolio of a beauty artist will help you determine the level of his work and see if he can create an image according to your wishes. The examples of work should be those that are similar to what you want to receive on your big day.
You should not order the services of an incredibly cool makeup artist who creates extravagant looks for creative photo shoots if you want nude wedding makeup. The wedding image has its own specifics, so it is better to choose a specialist who has the appropriate experience. The portfolio allows you to make sure of this in advance.
2. Where can I view reviews of your work?
Photos in the portfolio will help to make a general impression, but will not give a complete picture. For example, from a good retouched album, you will not know how long the make-up or styling lasted, whether the artist was late, how the communication with him went during the work. All these are important aspects that must be at their best so as not to spoil your mood for the entire wedding day.
Ask the master for reviews from real customers, as well as conduct a little independent research on Google and social networks.
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3. Will you bring the necessary equipment yourself or do I need to prepare it?
Hair dryer, curling iron, stylers and many other things — to create a chic image, you will need quite an arsenal 🙂 Be sure to check with the master whether he will bring everything necessary himself. It is worth knowing in advance if any equipment or means will be needed from you, so that you have time to prepare everything you need. If you prefer your own tools or equipment, talk to the master about it before the trial make-up and styling — the specialist should understand how to work with your technique and whether it is suitable for your task.
4. How will the price for services be formed?
The issue of payment for services always requires a detailed discussion. Craftsmen can form their price list in different ways: someone calculates hourly, someone calculates based on a set of services. Therefore, your task is to clearly understand the final price and the cost of services that may be paid additionally before the final agreement.
5. Where will the services be provided: at the meeting place or in the salon?
Not all craftsmen provide on-site services — some may invite you to the salon. Of course, this option is not suitable for all scenarios of the wedding day, so it is worth clarifying this issue with the master in advance. You also need to immediately discuss the time of the meeting and whether you need to pay separately for an early meeting or a taxi to the bride’s morning meeting place.
6. How long does it take to prepare an image?
This information is important for planning the timing of the wedding day. The master will be able to tell a more precise time after the trial image, but the estimated duration can be known even earlier. Be sure to set aside an additional 30–60 minutes for the morning meetings in case of force majeure, delays or other troubles, as well as just to take your time and calmly enjoy the magic of the morning of the bride 🙂
7. How many clients do you have scheduled for my date?
Be careful: if the master has additional clients on your wedding day, there may not be time for any additional wishes or alterations. Also, this clarification is necessary if you want the make-up artist to stay to correct your image in the middle of the day, for example, after the ceremony before a photo session or a festive dinner. Do not forget that such a service is paid separately, so you need to find out its price and take it into account in the budget.
8. What is the plan of action if force majeure occurs on your wedding day?
We are all human, so even the most decent and responsible specialist is not immune to sudden illnesses or other life troubles. If the makeup artist or hairstylist has to cancel your appointment, you need to have a backup plan. For example, some specialists have assistants or colleagues who can replace him that day. If there are such people, it is good to find out their contacts before the wedding and at least get acquainted with their work in absentia. It is also necessary to discuss payment changes in case of force majeure from the specialist.
9. What should be bought before the wedding?
Consult with the master what you need to buy. These can be additional hair accessories, hair products, small things to make makeup last — for example, matting wipes or thermal water. Don’t forget to add these items to your shopping list.
10. What tools do you work with?
It is worth familiarizing yourself with the master’s arsenal in order to understand which brands he works with. Perhaps you had an unpleasant experience with some cosmetic products, so you will need to choose an alternative. You should approach this issue especially carefully if you are allergic to some ingredients or you do not use certain brands due to moral and ethical beliefs.