12 Things to Check with your Make-Up Artist before Booking Them!

This blog has been written by Shruti Sharma for WedMeGood.com

While we are often called a bride’s best friend, we thought it would be nice to hear from the other side for once. So we got some solid advice from a makeup artist who tells you what you should look for before booking your bridal makeup.  Shruti Sharma, one of Delhi’s most popular artists ventures into some good old-fashioned advice on how to hire and get the best out of your makeup. In other words, the few ways in which you can make good use of them on your wedding day. Hear, hear!

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Don’t Delay Bookings

  1. Ideally one should start calling and enquiring with vendors right after your dates get fixed. Some vendors get booked months in advance sodon’t delayand start reviewing the work of various artists and calling them to check their availability and charges.

Meet one on one

  1. Once you have shortlisted, its best to meet with them one on one. Many makeup artists offer trials (some charge for them while others offer them for free). Meeting them would give you a good sense of their personality, work style and even help you understand how comfortable you will be having them in close confines with you on your wedding day.

Questions to ask them

  1. Ask them about
  • Their team:Who will be working on you, who does hair, does the MUA do all the makeup?
  • The productsthey use
  • The timethey will take to get you ready
  • Do they allow photographers to shoot while the makeup is going on?
  • Other bookingthey have on the same day

Services to Include

  1. At whatever price that they quote, you should ideally be getting:
  • Hairstyling
  • Nail paints
  • Draping
  • Eyelashes
  • Maybe even a shampoo (if you are at their salon)

So that you don’t have to look for anyone else’s help to get completely ready. If you aren’t getting this, then get a quote which includes all of this.

Discounts vs Haggles

  1. It’s one thing to ask for a discount or a package deal, but another to haggle. Please understand asking once is alright but it’s never a good idea to push too much. Trust me you don’t want them to cut costs in the quality of products or services they offer for that might just become a painful experience!

Advance Deposits

  1. Like any other vendors, makeup artists too take an advance deposit which is not refundable. The balance needs to be paid by the date of your wedding! Makeup artists who are thorough professionals reach the location on time, deliver on the look that was decided and put a lot of physical effort in getting a bride ready and to make her look more beautiful than ever. You should also hold your end of the deal and make the payments on time. No negotiations on that!

Other Bookings

  1. If hiring a freelancer, find out if they have any other bookings on that date and make sure you get ample time from them for yourself. In such cases it is important that both you and the makeup artist stick to the pre-decided timelines.

Family Members

  1. Once you have booked them, please specify in advance if you have other members of your family and friendswho would like help in getting ready and exactly what services they need. The makeup artist will plan ahead and keep the products and resources available to meet your needs and in such a case please be ready to pay extra for the services at a pre-decided/discussed charges. Ever go to a restaurant and say my main order is butter chickenbut I would like thoda sa palak paneer or bas itna sa rajma? No you don’t! So why here? A makeup artist will do what they are commissioned to do. If you want to request them to handle some extra people on an ad-hoc basis, ask them first and be ready to pay for the services!

Delays

  1.  Delays have become synonymous with so many Indian weddings these days! It’s hard to keep everything in control and make sure its all going as per schedule. So be real with the vendors. Keep in touch with them on the day of your functions and tell them the status in advance. That’s better than having them wait half a day burning their time and energy at your venue! If visiting a salon, you might get a time slot from them when you can come in and get dedicated time with your makeup artist. Try and be there on time and if in case you can’t, be patient and wait a bit before the artist can start with you. At that time even though it might be getting very late for you, there is no time to rush and panic. Take a deep breath, inform the artist that you are short on time and let them do their best!

Cancellations

  1.  In case you cancel for absolutely any reason, be prepared to forgo the advance amount that you gave them to block their dates for you. In case the makeup artist cancels (which ideally they shouldn’t but since they are humans too, cancellations may happen due to sickness or any other emergencies). There is no harm in asking for a back up plan. If a makeup artist is cancelling for any reason, they should be able to provide you with someone else to fill in for them and save the day. The charges too that you pay in that case can be negotiated based on who the back up artist is.

Outstation Makeup Charges

  1. 11Normally if you hire a makeup artist for a wedding outside of their city, chances are they will charge extra. They will be dedicating their entire time to you along with their team. It is also a norm to arrange for the travel and stay for the artist and the team. I understand that you may want to cut costs at times but please make sure the artist or anyone from the team is not having to share their room with any of your guests! Its NOT because the makeup artists aren’t flexible/don’t want to mix with your crowd/Don’t appreciate your hospitality and your ever-growing comfort level with them. It is because they are there to WORK and they need their rest!

Communicate

  1. While they are actually getting you ready, be free to tell them what you like and what you are not comfortable with. You should be happy with the way you look on the best day of your life!

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Lastly, and this is important!

We makeup artists have handpicked our teams from the hundreds out there to form one where each member is highly skilled at their job, extremely hard-working and highly motivated to give you their best. It is this team that makes us tick. They are the unsung heroes without whom all the beautiful pics you see on our profiles would be impossible. We come across such different types of people. Ones who show immense kindness and also the ones who are downright rude to our teams the minute we turn our backs.

Don’t forget, that person getting you water or painting your nails is a human too and can make mistakes. They work countless hours and through the toughest days to make your day amazing. If you aren’t happy with anything, there are plenty of ways to tell them politely without being rude or raising your voice. Let them know nicely and chances are they will go an extra mile and put in more than what’s expected to make your day extra special! They will not give up until you are satisfied with the results. Be rude to them and you will not only lose their respect but ours too.

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money” – John Ruskin

Give Me The Glow!

Give Me The Glow!

‘Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’

The bride of course!

Beautifully glowing skin on the wedding day is every bride’s dream.  In the last couple of months leading up to the wedding, brides can indulge in a variety of treatments to give their skin the smoothness required.

Exfoliating – Scrubs and Moroccan baths are a great way to get rid of dead cells and give you silky smooth skin. Time your exfoliating sessions at least a month before the wedding so you minimize risk of rashes or redness on sensitive skin.

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Masks – Getting rid of dead cells is not enough. Nourish your skin once it has been scrubbed in order to leave it smooth. Honey and turmeric masks are age old secrets of glowing Indian brides.

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Facials 

This is one treatment that calls for serious attention when being executed. Firstly, we urge every bride to take time and find a good facial therapist. Settling for an unknown one in order to save a few bucks might not be the appropriate thing at a time like this. Secondly, understand the treatment being suggested and use your knowledge to determine whether it is something that is required for your skin type. Lastly, aim to have a facial at least a month prior to your big day because inflamed skin is a definite no-no for all brides. Once the facial has been done, make it a point to religiously stick to a skin care routine in order to maintain the clean skin until your wedding day.

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Relaxation sessions

The best gift any bride can give herself prior to the wedding is, time. Take a little time out for yourself every few days to relax.

Yoga – Simple breathing techniques and basic yogic postures under the guidance of a yoga instructor will not only relax you but leave you feeling rejuvenated which is a ‘must-feel’ for every bride.

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Massages – Make it a point to visit a spa every week to indulge in Ayurvedic or any Eastern massages. Frequent massages will stimulate blood circulation thus giving you the energy you require during the wedding preparations as well as a healthy look.

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Timing beauty treatments correctly and ensuring you stick to those timelines will take care of your grooming for your special day. Keep the above guidelines in mind and we assure you, as a bride, you will look the fairest of them all.