I get it, it’s tough finding someone you trust to wash your car let alone touch you and do your hair or makeup. I myself am picky and I do it for a living. It’s a lost cause trying to cut your own hair, trust me.
I’ve worked in the industry going on 8 years. It doesn’t sound long but in those years I’ve worked behind the chair, freelancing for weddings & photoshoots, production sets and working at counters for brands like Chanel, YSL & MAC you learn not only about products and techniques but human nature, and it’s in our nature to ask questions. And I’ve heard em all. Sometimes they clarify sometimes they hinder. So below are some tips to help guide you through the sometimes intimidating process.
- “Can you do black, Asian, Latin, Thai, older etc makeup?”
Sad to say this but people have flat out told me I can’t touch them because I am white & they assume I only do “white people makeup”. Lawd help me. Look I know that many people have had rough experiences with artists not fully understanding tone and color, but I assure you not every artist follows suit. I personally don’t look to see if you’re a certain ethnicity but what I do see is tones, shapes & colors. I personally went out of my way to learn how to work with the many different pallets that is the face/body. So what’s a person to do? Look at their portfolio. Any pro artist that’s serious has one…..and if you’re battling a counter situation ask who they think could best assist you. All too often I’ve heard counter horror stories from many different women and to be honest it’s a 50/50 shot. Mainly shoot for a brand you know and love.
- “I want to look like this celebrity or Pinterest/Instagram photo.”
I personally love it when clients have a vision. Pictures are a great way for me to understand your style and needs from me. But expectations do need to be put into place. It’s super important to remember that in the digital age filters and photoshop are the norm, which also means that what your seeing isn’t quite the truth. Also consider your features and coloring. Also that’s why it’s so important for me as an artist to be well versed in not only my craft BUT how to tell you it won’t work. But the good news is something will work for you. And making you happy and beautiful is always an end goal. So if a compromise is on the table for a look I suggest you go for it.
- “You’re too expensive.”
Sticker shock can sometimes be inevitable in my career. And more often than not budget is a huge deciding factor on how you go about things. But bullying, threatening or belittling an artist because you feel like their prices are too high probably won’t get you anywhere. My rates are what they are for several reasons. If you are dead set on a certain artist that provides a certain skill set then be prepared to pay what they are asking for. If not then more often than not the old saying you get what you pay for usually is true. I personally am leery of a make up artist that charges only $30 for a fullface of make up. But that’s just me.
- “I don’t want to look like a drag queen.”
I’m probably going to blow some minds right now but Kim Kardashian did not come up with contouring or highlighting. I know, I know it’s crazy but you know who did? Drag queens. And they’ve be doing it for decades. Hell, there’s only two people in this world that I trust to do my make up and one of them is a drag queen (shout out April Reign).
SPOILER ALERT: many of my tried-and-true techniques I have learned from drag queens.
Yes you read that right, but it’s all in the execution and my choice of product.
A better way to put things would probably to say you want a more natural finish and look with a complementary/neutral color palette. But always keep in mind that even the most natural of looks is still a fullface of make up, because regardless of what your shirt says…. no, you did not wake up like this. No one did.
So to wrap things up doing your homework when you’re looking to spend your hard earned money will always pay off in the end. Check portfolios, check references, ask for recommendations and definitely get a consultation if possible. Agencies are also a good option if you’re in a newer area & don’t know where to go.
Now I want to hear your side is there anything that I missed or I should’ve added?