Ruby is getting married this Spring and wrote this blog post about how to find a MUA.  Based on her experience so far she has some great tips and questions to ask before you book.

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So far I’ve spent many hours looking at Facebook pages and websites to try and find the perfect Makeup Artist, but it is not as easy as it seems, especially if you don’t know anyone who does it as a profession. My wedding will be at the start of  wedding season, so that added to half the problem as a lot of people get booked out over a year in advance. I found someone who was perfect and whose style I loved. She had also done my makeup previously for a friends wedding however she was already booked on the dayof my wedding so I had no idea where to start next as my budget also played a big factor.

My experience so far is that I value not only a make up artist’s experience, skills and quality tools to do the job but their personality. I really think it’s important therefore if you can to meet your makeup artist before booking,  for example at a wedding fair like Love Cherish Adore.

So if you are on the hunt for a makeup artist, try to not hunt for that perfect makeup image. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and have a reality check as usually the most beautiful makeup is done on an already beautiful girl, so you almost have to visualise the makeup on it’s own. You may also not find the exact look you are after in someones photo gallery as perhaps they haven’t had the chance to do that style yet, so give them a chance and ask some questions first, or better yet send them some pictures and ask if they are able to create the look you’re after.

Some questions you may want to ask and actions to take:

Are you available on my date?

There is no point getting caught up on your new favourite MUA if they aren’t available and many get booked up very quickly.
How many weddings do you do a day? This is particularly important if you have a big wedding party and you want to ensure everyone gets equal time spent on them to make them feel special.

How much per person (including individual lashes)?

This one is a no brainer, you need to know how much you are spending. I really didn’t want to spend more than $80 per person originally, but now I think anything up to $100 is reasonable. You have to allow for the cost of their time, their experience and training, their makeup and their tools. These things can all be quite costly, so you are not just paying for the on the day expense.

Ensure you get a written quote

I found that often the prices weren’t on the websites as I guess the MUA possibly change their prices often, so they may not want to be caught out with an out of date price from their website. It’s a good idea to have this in writing, so you can compare prices and know exactly what needs to be paid, and this is also the stage they should include your details on the quote so they have it for their own information.

Do you charge a travel fee, and how much?

My wedding is down in the Fleurieu, so for a few of my vendors I am having to pay a travel fee, but if it means you get what you want then you are going to have to pay it. My MUA is charging $1 per Km of travel, which seems to be the general deal.

What time on the day do you arrive?

Not knowing our on the day timeline yet, I’ve asked my MUA, for 5 faces what time will she need to arrive to get all the makeup done in time for the ceremony start time. As she knows how long each face will approximately take her she gave me a guideline to work with, that will be useful for timing with the hairdresser.

What brand of makeup do you use?

I’m not going to pretend I know which brands are the best, but there tends to be a liking towards certain brands. You may also have an issue with your skin on certain brands so it doesn’t hurt to know. You could also buy some of it yourself to see how it goes on your skin before hand, and if you are happy then it can always be used for touch ups.

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