Why do I need a makeup artist?

There are many reasons for hiring a makeup artist. The top three reasons are:

  1. to look your best, in person and on camera,

  2. to have access to the top products in the beauty industry without having to purchase them, and

  3. to relieve any stress that may come with your beauty routine or with makeup needs for a special event.

What is your makeup specialty and area of expertise?

Many of my clients initially contact me because they like the client photos on my website. They often use the word “natural,” and that is how they want to look. To me, natural means that your skin looks evened out and more youthful. Your makeup looks fresh and polished, and it accentuates your best features. My favorite makeup approach is an overall natural look with some special accents, such as a pop of color on the lips or defined eyes.  

What products do you use?

I use different products, depending on the situation or event. For clients who will be interacting both in person and on camera, I use specialty foundations and powders that exactly match skin tone and provide a flawless finish that looks impeccable, both in person and on camera. I use high-definition foundation, powders, and contouring products for people appearing only on camera. I also research and curate the best products from top makeup brands to ensure that I have top-shelf products in my makeup kit—products that have been tried and tested, and are trusted by professional makeup artists. I carry products not only for special events, but for everyday makeup wearers, health-conscious individuals who are interested in safer products, people with allergies and sensitivities, and vegans.

How Did you Come up With Your Business Name?

I was getting lots of requests for services and I knew I had to come up with a name pretty quickly. My best friend and I were on a Circulator bus in Georgetown and she said, What about "The Makeup Chick?" We went with, "The Makeup Chic" as a play on words. 

How far in advance do I have to book?

My bridal makeup services require advance booking, and I recommend that you contact me between six to twelve months in advance for these services. Although the makeup industry can accommodate last-minute needs—and I have worked within two weeks of booking at times—a month or two out for booking non-bridal services is the norm. 

What type of travel is involved? Do you come to my house and to the event site?

I can come to your house or your event site. I use the Internal Revenue Service Standard Mileage Rate for 2015, which is $0.575 per mile. There is no travel fee if you can travel to my home studio in Annapolis, Maryland, or if you are based in Annapolis. I can travel out-of-state; in such cases, the client must cover costs for my transportation and hotel accommodations.

Is parking included in your prices?

If you are getting ready at a venue where a parking fee is involved, then my parking fee is added to the bill. I typically use valet parking at hotels because of its logistical simplicity. Hotels often provide complimentary parking for wedding vendors, but you must set that up in advance; otherwise, parking fees can be charged to your room or paid on the day of the event. 

What is the booking process?

Once the date of service, time frame, and price are confirmed, I require a signed contract. For weddings, I also require an up-front deposit. 

How do I pay?

For nearly all makeup clients, I accept a check, cash, PayPal, or credit card payment. For wedding party clients other than the bride, I require payment in either cash or credit card. 

What are your rates?

My rates are consistent with other professional makeup artists who are based in the Washington, DC area. I prefer to provide personalized quotes because I offer many specific, tailored services, and because travel costs are always different, as they are based on the client’s location. For an estimated price per service, please contact me with the type of makeup service needed and location information.  

For weddings, how do I prepare for the pre-wedding trial?

After deciding on a mutually agreeable pre-wedding trial date, I will email you with the following trial instructions:

  • Please refrain from wearing makeup or regular skincare products on the day of the trial.
  • Wear a white/cream v-neck, white/cream button down, or white/cream tank top. This is optimal for your pre-wedding day trial if you plan to wear a white dress for the wedding. 

  • Please bring photos of your wedding hairstyle, if applicable.

  • Please bring makeup inspiration photos.

  • Please bring photos of your wedding attire.

  • Please bring photos of wedding attire for your bridal party. 

  • Please bring any photos you may have of planned decor, flowers, or colors. This helps me visualize the overall style for your wedding look. 

For weddings, what happens during the pre-wedding trial?

You should allow 90 minutes for a makeup-only trial and 2-1/2 to 3 hours for makeup and hair. During the allotted time, we discuss your wedding style details and your ideas and images your wedding day makeup and hair. We review any inspirational photos that you have brought, and then, based on our discussion, I do your makeup. We then go over the finished look, tweaking the makeup if needed. After we finalize the look for makeup and hair, we review and finalize the wedding day timeline and confirm whether any additional artists are needed to assist for your wedding day. If your time is limited that day, please let me know ahead of time so that we can discuss wedding style details and the wedding day timeline before beginning the actual trial.

For special events leading up to the wedding, such as engagement shoots and bridal showers, do you recommend doing a pre-wedding trial on the same day as these occasions?

Only when there is sufficient time. I have done pre-wedding trials on special occasions, but I don’t recommend them before or after your engagement shoots and bridal showers. Please read my blog post about this.  

What should I expect on the day of the special event or wedding?

We will have discussed logistics during the initial consult and/or pre-wedding trial. If I am on location, I always build in sufficient time to park and get set up, and I am always on time. You should expect a calm, orderly makeup session.

What do I need to prepare for you on the day of the event?

Please make sure to designate an area for me that has the best natural light, near a window. I may bring a tall director’s chair for you to sit in, but if your venue is a hotel, please ask the hotel staff if a bar stool can be provided instead. For hair styling, a lower hotel chair is adequate. If I come to your home to provide services, please let me know ahead of time if you have any pets. 

Do you do hair or know anyone who does?

I do light hair styling, making sure that hair is in place for photos and video. For boudoir and glamour portraits only, I also apply basic hair volumizing techniques. I maintain a list of hair stylists—many of whom I contract or work with on a regular basis—and can provide referrals, as requested. Please note that most of the hair stylists I work with do separate contracts. 

Do you have any other questions? 

If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact me at: suz@themake-upchic.com