Getting Dolled Up By A Pro Makeup Artist? Here’s Everything You Should Keep In Mind

Ayushi VermaAyushi Verma  |  Nov 16, 2021
Getting Dolled Up By A Pro Makeup Artist? Here’s Everything You Should Keep In Mind


Don’t let Instagram fool you: some of us haven’t mastered the art of full glam yet. Blending, contouring, and dabbing to perfection is an art form that can take years to master. If you’re not quite there – or just don’t need that skill set to nail your everyday look – no worries. That’s what pros are for!

Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned pro, getting your makeup done professionally is a treat – much like a refreshing facial or zen massage. However, it doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes we’re quick to blame the makeup artist when our beauty look doesn’t turn out right, but logically it can’t always be their fault. With wedding season officially on the horizon, we thought now is a good time to share what exactly makeup artists wish their clients would and wouldn’t do when sitting in the makeup chair. What can ruin a good application? What makes their job easier? If you plan on getting dolled up for an upcoming event on your social calendar, keep reading to know what to do during your appointment to help the process run smoothly. 

12 Things To Keep In Mind Before Booking Your Makeup Appointment


Don’t Get Waxed The Previous Day

If you’re thinking about getting your facial hair waxed, it’s best to do it in advance – and not on the morning of your makeup appointment. Also, don’t get your brows waxed the day you’re getting your makeup done. When the area is sensitive or red, foundation has a hard time sitting well or adhering to the waxed skin. 

Keep A Strongly Opinionated Social Crew At Home

We’re all for friends coming for moral support, but sometimes they can do more harm than good. Everyone has their own ideas of what they think would look good on you based on their own experiences. Thus, it’s better to leave on the pros.

Trust The Process and The Pros, Folks!

Your makeup artist is likely to use techniques that you don’t use on a daily basis, so even if you are not familiar with it or feel a little crazy during the process, trust that the stylists know what they are doing.

Understand That There Are Different Types Of Smokey Eyes

A smoky eye can look completely different on two different people. Depending on what colours she chooses or how heavy a hand the artist uses, the look could end up not at all like you expected. It’s better to give all the details in advance.

Bring Inspiration Photos To Show The Artist

Always save or screenshot the makeup look you’d like your artist to create. Come equipped with pictures. You may not look like the person in the photos, but it will give the artist an idea of your beauty aesthetic. 

Keep One Focal Point: Eyes Or Lips

It’s easy to fall in love with smoky eyes, heavy contouring, and a bold lip. However, you’re better off sticking to one focal point and keeping the rest of your look minimal.

Remember, Less Is More

Simmering iterations have been replacing the once-popular matter alternatives for a while now, but that doesn’t mean you for an all-over shimmer look. Some glitter on one area, like cheeks or eyes, looks great.

Don’t Expect Instagram-Like Makeup

There’s no denying Instagram filters look amazing, but they translate to real life. It might look really beautiful on a picture that was run through a few different kinds of filters before it was posted. But, it is not going to look the same IRL. 

Don’t Shy Away From Those Fluttery Lashes

You may feel that false lashes look Ott, but we are here to tell you otherwise. The camera loves it! Just keep in mind that falsies aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal – there are different styles to suit different looks and eye shapes for that matter. 

Staying Close To Your Comfort Zone Is Key

While it’s tempting to try something new when you are in the hands of a professional. However, don’t stray too far from your comfort zone. It’s okay to go a little bit outside the box but take baby steps. Otherwise, you’re going to look in the mirror and say Who is that? And freak out eventually. 

PSA: Feel Free To Show Up With Makeup 

If you show up with your makeup, your makeup artist can remove it, but at the same time, they have a visual of how you’re comfortable. So it’s actually good to go with your makeup on. 

Speak Up!

If you aren’t loving the final look – or have concerns related to the process – don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind. Be brass-tacks honest to tell them what you don’t like. 

Did you take notes?

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