As a professional makeup artist of six years, I have used my magic wands and products to glamourise too many beautiful faces to count. Having your makeup done professionally used to be reserved only for weddings, photoshoots or the rich and famous. Fast forward to 2016 and makeup artists are on call for just about any special occasion.
Many new clients of mean feel quite overwhelmed about the process and about makeup itself. Here are a couple of things I’d like to put your mind at ease about.
1. Don’t be self-conscious about your perceived imperfections.
I’ve lost count of how many clients have apologised to me for their “small lips” or the “pimple that just popped up this morning”. Please, please, PLEASE don’t be sorry! The majority of the time we are probably more concerned about what you are thinking about us.
I can assure you I am more worried about you noticing my chipped nail polish (so unprofessional). It is our job to make you feel incredible, the last thing we would ever want to do is make you feel uncomfortable. And those “imperfections”? They’re actually quite beautiful. (Post continues after gallery.)
2. Sometimes we really need quiet time.
I really enjoy sparking up a great conversation with all of my clients but there will come a point in the application where I really need silence. We are trying our best to create the cleanest, crispest eyeliner or lipstick and the last thing we need is a moving face.
If we need your eyes closed this means we need both of your eyes closed, trying to view that text with one eye is not as sneaky as you think and it really makes applying eye shadow impossible. There will be plenty of time for a chat but with delicate details, silence is golden.
3. Come with a clean face
Many clients I’ve met either forget they are wearing foundation, don’t feel confident enough to leave the house without it, or weren’t sure if they should wear any or not. The answer is simple, 99 per cent of makeup artists will like you to come to them with a completely clean canvas. This means no foundation, mascara, eyeliner or even primer.
It is our job to supply all of these products and we enjoy being able to apply them all for you. If there’s a product from your personal makeup kit that you feel you cannot be without, just simply bring it with you.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
All we want is for you to be happy! If you’re not feeling yourself or something is not quite right, please let us know. The last thing we want is for you to be leaving us upset. You are not going to hurt our feelings, we have been doing this long enough and we want you to tell us what you don’t like.
Keep in mind that things may not look the way you expect in the middle of your application, the entire look has to come together. Don’t stress out during the process, we can always make tweaks when the look is complete. (Post continues after gallery.)
5. Yes, please bring inspiration photos if you have them.
I think I’m speaking for majority of working makeup artists when I say we like you showing us some photos of what you’d like from us. It helps a lot. Without a few photos you may tell me you would like a “natural look” but your idea of natural and my idea of natural may be two completely different things.