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Best of Philly 2012

5 Important Tips
for Choosing an Onsite Hair and Make-up Artist

Looking gorgeous on your special day is likely top on your list. Hiring an onsite hair and makeup artist is sometimes a daunting task. No two artists are the same, so it is imperative that you locate a reliable and experienced professional to achieve the type of look you are going for. Below are five key topics to focus on when hiring an artist.

1. Budget:

The cost of an onsite hair & make-up artist can vary significantly. To be efficient, decide how much you plan to spend on hair & make up services before you start your search. Many artists list prices on their website so this makes for a great place to start.

2. Availability:

Once you have determined who you would like to hire, make sure they are available for your event. You will need to know how many guests you would like serviced and whether or not you want your artists to stay during pictures and through the event for touch ups.

3. Experience & Reliability:

Ensure the artist you choose is qualified to do the job. Ask to view the artist’s portfolio and make sure you like his or her work. Also look for testimonials on their website and ask for references from prior jobs.

4. Professional Products and Tools:

Freelance artists should be fully equipped with all of the tools necessary to provide your services. (Including lighting) If you prefer to use your own make-up or hair products the artist should be open to using them. All professional tools should be properly cleaned and make-up should be hypo- allergenic and applied with disposable applicators or clean sanitized brushes.

5. Trial:

If you are having trouble narrowing down which artist to book for your special event, schedule a trial run to determine if the artist can create the look you are trying to achieve. Bring a swatch of your outfit, jewelry, headpiece or anything else that may help the artist envision your desired look. After your trial, have a picture taken of yourself. Make sure you love your hair & make-up in person as well as in the photo.

Each artist is different and will have a unique personality. You will be spending a lot of time with your artist on your special day. Remember, you are hiring your artist to reduce stress and help make your “preparation” pleasant and calm. Make sure you choose a person that you can easily communicate with and one who helps put you at ease.