Frequently asked bridal questions!
Why should I hire a makeup artist?
You’ve gone through the time and effort of hiring a team of professionals for your wedding, so why not hire a professional makeup artist for your makeup as well? It’s not only less stressful, but your makeup artist will have the training and knowledge to make sure your makeup stays on all day and night. It’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about!
To read more about this, check out my blog post: https://jmartistrymakeup.com/2020/04/30/pros-cons-of-hiring-a-professional-makeup-artist/
What is your pricing?
Click on the link below to see my packages and pricing! This sometimes varies based on each client’s situation so if you provide me with all of the details, I can provide you with an accurate price. Please fill out my contact form for specifics.
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What type of makeup do you specialize in?
I specialize in natural glam makeup….so what does this mean? This is for the brides that want to look like a slightly enhanced version of themselves! I can definitely go full glam if you’d like, but I LOVE the more minimal lit from within classical bridal looks :) The majority of my brides either never wear makeup or wear very minimal and I like to give them the absolute best experience I possibly can (especially if this is their first time getting their makeup professionally done!). I strive to create the ultimate luxury makeup experience for my brides :)
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Do you travel and what are your travel fees?
Absolutely! I am a 100% mobile makeup artist so I can travel anywhere you need me to! A travel fee may apply if the booking is outside of the Fort Wayne, IN area.
For my travel fee, I include 90 miles round trip from Fort Wayne, IN to the getting ready location and then it’s $1 per mile over that 90 miles. Please calculate this if you have a wedding that requires travel. I never want my brides to be sticker shocked if the travel fee is outside of their budget.
Do you offer bridal trials & when should I book it?
Bridal trials are a required to book any bridal service so I include them in my total price. I want to make sure that the day runs as smooth as possible and having a trial eliminates a lot of stress and scheduling issues. I will work with you as the bride during the trial to ensure that the makeup look turns out exactly as you envision!
To learn more about why bridal trials are so important, check out my blog post: https://jmartistrymakeup.com/2020/07/22/are-bridal-trials-worth-it/
I typically book bridal trials about 1 or 2 months before the wedding date. Yes, you may be thinking that this is too late, however . . .it’s actually for your benefit! If you book the trial too far out, you may change your mind several times in regards to your bridal look which leads to a re-trial as well as more occurring costs. Also, as an artist, I am always constantly revamping and changing my kit with new products so the things I have in my kit at the time of the trial may not be the same as your wedding date if you do it too far in advance.
How far in advance should I book my wedding? What are your booking policies?
I can book out as far as you wish :) On average, my client’s usually book with me about 6-8 months out, but I would say that as soon as you know when your wedding is and the location, I would book it! I’ve had brides book out with me 2 years in advance (which is not super uncommon anymore). I do this on a first come first serve basis. However, if timing allows, I can sometimes do 2 weddings in one day (this happens rarely though since I book larger parties normally).
Your date is not officially booked until I receive a signed contract and deposit. I require a flat $50 deposit to secure your date and this will be deducted from the total balance :)
***I do require a minimum of 4 applications when traveling outside of my service area (bride + 3 others). ***
Do you offer airbrush makeup?
No, I do not. In my opinion, airbrushing is just another application tool such as a brush or a sponge. When traditional makeup is done in the correct way, you will not be able to tell a difference between the two forms of applications. I use high quality products and I have never had an issue with it not lasting the entirety of a bride’s wedding day.
For more information on the pros and cons of airbrush makeup, check out my blog post: https://jmartistrymakeup.com/2020/05/15/airbrush-vs-traditional-makeup/
Do you do hair as well?
No, I was trained solely as a makeup artist in the past so my specialty is makeup only. I would be more than happy to provide a list of hairstylists in my area so I can give you a few names for sure!
How long does it normally take you for each application?
Basic package: 35-45 minutes
Luxury package: 1.5-2 hours
The time slots also include my clean up and sanitation in between each client as well! I like to make sure that I can fully provide the highest quality of work possible for each person.
What makeup products/brands do you use?
I strive to create the ultimate luxury bridal experience so with that comes luxury products! I use all higher end brands such as MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS, Face Atelier, Make Up Forever, and Bobbi Brown to name a few! I have an in-depth video on my YouTube channel of what I keep in my makeup kit if you would like to check it out!
Link to freelance kit video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpbqceC74Xs
Does hair or makeup go first?
I’ve done it both ways, and it has worked out great either way! The only time makeup needs to go first is if you are getting a hair or headpiece adhered in front of your face or if you are doing the luxury package because of the skincare aspect of it.
Can you accommodate larger bridal parties?
I will do the best I can to accommodate you and your bridal party. However, due to me being a solo artist, I may not be able to accommodate parties over 10 people due to time restrictions.
If timing does not allow for me to add any more applications, but you are set on me doing your makeup, then I would suggest hiring a second artist to make sure everyone’s makeup is completed on time. I never like to compromise quality for quantity!
I do have a list of fellow artists that I really like working with so I would be more than happy to pass on their information.
Do you have an assistant?
I will bring an assistant if I feel like one is needed due to the number of people or time restrictions. The assistant will not be a second artist, but will help sanitize and clean in between each client which will help speed up the time.
I also frequently bring an assistant with me to film client vlogs for my YouTube channel as well :) This is a fun way to get to rewatch your wedding morning from my perspective. It’s especially handy if you don’t have a videographer for the getting ready process!
If you have any other questions that I have not answered in this FAQ section, please feel free to email me or complete the contact form below.