How to tell if your makeup artist is professional

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As a bride to be I totally understand that you are looking at a ton of wedding vendors and your eyeballs are swimming in details.  I understand that there are a ton of different factors involved to planning your wedding.  You have to think about your budget, whether you like the vendor you are working with and if they are the right fit.  But how do you tell a legit bridal makeup artist from a someone who is just good at doing makeup?  How do you insure that your makeup artist will show up and be ready to go?  This blog post is going to talk about what you need to ask and look for when it comes to hiring your bridal makeup artist.

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Portfolio and reviews

The first thing that you will obviously do is a google search on makeup artists near you.  Look at the artists portfolio make sure you like what you are seeing.  Make sure that the images match your vision of what you want to look like on your wedding day.  If you are a bride who is wanting a natural look and find an artist with a lot of glam looks chances are you might not be a good fit.  Same goes if you are a bride who wants ultra glam looks and look at an artist with more natural looks.  We are not all made the same and it is totally okay to be picky about who you choose.  

Next look at reviews if the reviews are good and detailed chances are you are going to be working with an artist who will treat you well.  When you are looking at reviews pay attention to what brides are saying if there are quite a few brides who talk about tardiness make sure you bring it up as a concern to your artist.  It is okay to talk to your artist about any concerns ahead of time before booking your artist.

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Licensing and Insurance

After you have found your vendor make sure that they are a licensed business in Washington State.  There are a few things a makeup artist and hair stylist needs in order to perform services onsite for bridal services.  First they need a business license.  For a makeup artist to apply skin products to properly prep the skin for makeup application they need either an cosmetology license or an esthetic license.  If your makeup artist doesn’t have an esthetics or cosmetology license then make sure they aren’t applying skin care to you or your attendants skin.  Next in order to apply makeup and skincare onsite your artist needs a personal service license so they can go offsite.  

In the state of Washington you can not have a business license without insurance.  So make sure that your artist is properly insured.  Some venues even require your vendors to be insured and to add the venue temporarily to their insurance.  Insurance is very important.  

You can look up any business on the Department of Licensing to make sure you are working with a properly licensed business.  You also should be able to ask for a picture of your artists business license too.  If you do decide to look up your and your vendor has a trade name make sure you ask what it is.

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Safety and Sanitation

Makeup and hair stylists are a lot different than other vendors because we are dealing with the human body.  You want to make sure your artists use proper safety and sanitation on you and your bridesmaids.  Every artist is different and I can only tell you how I keep my clients safe and how my business works.  

Consent form: I have every one of my clients sign a consent form with known allergies so that way I can make sure my clients are safe.

Skin analysis: I ask you your skin type and look over your skin to make sure you don’t have any contagious symptoms such as pink eye or a cold sore.

Brushes: I have enough brushes to do 8 clients that means that on your wedding day you and your attendants will each have a clean set of brushes.  After I am done with a client I spot clean the brushes, put them in a bag for dirty brushes, wash them and then spray them with a 70% alcohol.

Palette: I scrape out my shadow palettes onto a disposable paper palette.  The reason why I do this is because eyes can water and if liquid gets onto a powder palette than bacteria can live in that palette.  For blushes and bronzers I wipe the palette with a tissue and then spray it with 70% alcohol and let it air dry.

Cream products: I scoop out my cream products onto a disposable paper palette and then use disposable applicators for lips and mascara.

Safety and sanitation is probably the most important question that you should ask your artist.  You want to make sure that your artist is using proper sanitation to keep you and your attendants safe.  

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I hope what you take away from this post is that it is totally okay to ask questions and to look and make sure the vendors you are working with are all legitimate before booking.  It is okay to make sure that you are choosing a makeup artist that will keep you safe.  It is okay to ask for proof of business licenses and insurance and make sure that they have a history in the wedding industry.  It is okay to look at reviews and have concerns and ask about those.  Your wedding vendor shouldn’t write those concerns off and should be up front with how they run their business.