Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weddings, formal events, natural portraits, boudoir photography, photo shoots, spa parties, chemical peels
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Makeup and Hair Artistry is part of the creative industries, and unlike a corporate or bureaucratic environment, it's free-for-all. Anybody can claim to be a makeup artist, so it's up to the consumer to discern professional versus amateur artists. It's not a shock when you see artist 'steal' images from senior artists from another state, or another country and claim it as their own work in their portfolios! The bottom line is, the consumer really need to be responsible and do their research, especially in the area that they live in, and find out what the "average" cost of a makeup & hair on-location artists charge. What other artist in other states charge is not relevant information.
Here is a useful blog post: "What you should know before hiring a makeup artist" and some things you can look out for!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I believe my clients appreciate my thoughtfulness, and dedication to perfection from the earliest email or phone contact, to my custom-design skin care and hair care questionnaire to help select the best products for your skin type.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love it when my clients look in the mirror after I am done with either their makeup, hair, or finished a facial treatment or peel. I feel the best when they love what they see - that it's just a naturally enhanced version of their beauty, and not a completely different person! I like to say that I am not a plastic surgeon - my goal is not to change your look, but to enhance it!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Is airbrush really better?
Some companies and some artists who promote it would like you to believe so! I am not saying it's worst or better - Airbrush is fantastic~I love the finish and I love my airbrush, but to say that it's the "best" type of makeup application you can receive for your special occasion or big day, to me...would be just a marketing strategy. What it is, is a specialized technique, but ultimately, it depends on what you are trying to achieve - is it a flawless finish, or a flawless finish using a specialized technique? As a consumer, you gotta be wary of hypes!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes yes. I attend advanced skin care classes, and also I attend the makeup trade shows at least once a year and attend classes there, too. It's important to keep educating yourself, and finding out what other pros do as well as share with our community!