We know that it might not seem like it but it is that time of year…it is time for you to book your make-up artist for all of your spring high school activities. What are you talking about Takia? Well…thanks for asking. We are talking about proms, farewell, graduation, senior portraits, and any other spring activity that you would like to be your most GLAMBULOUS self. However, if never fails, each year we receive frantic calls from a moms or prom beauties who waited until the last minute to book and/or they booked with the wrong artist and the artist cancelled on them at the last minute. Either way, this causes for a very hectic and stressful time…or no one wants that! So…we decided to share some tips for all of our Beauties who will be attending one or many of these events and the amazing parents that may be pulling their hair out trying to figure out how to navigate the process.
Step 1: Do your homework!
We already know that you or your GLAMBULOUS child would like to be “BEAT to the GAWDS” for their big day and you both have probably already been stalking a professional make-up artist that you would love to have for your big day. But, please make sure you are not just looking at how great they achieve the perfectly arched brow on how glowing their highlight always is. Be sure you are also looking at how they do business.
Be sure that you have a way to contact your artist outside of the DM.Get a phone number as that is the best way to confirm an appointment and to be able to contact your artist on the day of service.
Read their reviews.Take a moment to read some of the comments under their pictures to see if their clients are raving about the services that they have received.Check to see if they have a google listing, website, yelp, wedding wire, or any other business listing that will give you insight on how their clients feel about the services that they have received.
Don’t put you eggs in one basket. Check in to a number of artists so that you have a backup plan just in case your artist of choice does not have availability on the day and time that you would like.
If you do not have an artist, don’t be afraid to ask for referrals from friends and family.
Step 2: Book as early as possible.
As soon as you have your dates, book your appointments. Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule your hair, make-up, or nail appointments. Time slots fill quickly and before you know it, your favorite artist may be booked on the day and/or time that you desire.
Step 3: Be prepared to pay a deposit.
Most service providers have moved to require a non-refundable deposit to secure services. Be prepared to remit this amount at the time of booking as your date and time will not be locked in until you remit the deposit.
Step 4: There is a range of prices.
As with most other industries, there is going to be a range of price options when booking an artist. You will be able to find an artist from very low to very high. Your job is to figure out which artist is for you and not haggle a higher priced artist trying to get them to accept a lower rate. In addition, there may additional charges if you would like an artist to come to you, if you decide you want glitter or other stones/accessories, if you choose to have larger/mink lashes, and etc. Make sure you ask about additional fees when you book so that you are not surprised on the day of service.
Step 5: Hair appointments always take longer than expected.
Each year, we have a number of beauties who miss their allotted appointment time because their hair appointment ran over. Most time we are able to squeeze them in, however, there have been times that we were unable to. Remember, make-up artists are completely booked during prom season and often schedule clients back-to-back leaving little to no room for lateness or rescheduled appointments. During this busy season, we try to afford our beauties a 10 minute grace period, however sometimes that is not feasible especially if we are traveling to your location. Please be sure to schedule your appointments accordingly giving yourself enough time to finish one appointment and travel to the next. We always suggest building in an additional hour to your hair appointment time so that you have a little wiggle room.
Step 6: Do as much as you can the day before.
I know, I know. You want everything to be “fresh”. But you may be able to sneak in your nail appointment the day before your big day. Try to take care of as much as possible in the days before your day. It makes for a less stressful time.
Step 7: Make-up does not fall off your face.
Again, we understand that you want everything to be “fresh” but if you wait too long to book you may miss out on the opportunity to get a prime make-up time slot (usually between 5pm and 7pm). So, if you are left with an appointment earlier in the day please know that your make-up is not going to just fall off of your face. It will stay on until you take it off. The only thing that you may need to touch-up is your lip. This can be remedied with utilizing a liquid matte lipstick, using a lipstick of your own, or purchasing the lipstick shade that your artist uses.
Step 8: Have fun!
These are memories that will last a lifetime. Please don’t get so caught up in the process that you forget the purpose. Enjoy yourself!