Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire a professional Makeup Artist?
A professional makeup artist can make the difference between a good image and a great image. They add the extra polish and dimension, and save hours of photoshopping. If you have a shoot that matters, a line to promote, a film, or an event where photographers will be present...you can't afford to go without an established professional. It helps to make the final product look complete and clients, customers, and guests notice the difference.
A professional will have the product knowledge, technique, color-theory, and experience to know what the job requires. This includes how to work with a wide variety of skin types, tones, and textures as well as the needs of lighting, temperature, and timing. It is a science as much as an art.
Isn't all makeup the same?
In a word, no. As a professional artist, I use professional product that is designed for the demands of the industry. These products are designed to perform under hot studio lights, flash photography, or HD cameras. Makeup for photography or film must perform to a higher standard than most of the makeup that one would use for daily wear or a night at the club.
Should I go to a spa, counter, or direct sales person?
I worked for years in spas and retail cosmetics. You do not want to go to them for a shoot or event that matters. First of all, almost every spa or counter applies makeup on customers from used testers. This is product that has been on display with minimal supervision while countless people have suck dirty fingers in them. They are bacteria farms. Even many of the high-end spas use testers for their makeup application. There is also an expectation that you buy, and often employees will get in trouble with their bosses if their sales are not high.
As a professional independent artist, I use clean product and know how to keep it clean. Nobody touches my kit but me or my assistants, and my safety and sanitation protocol is very strict. My methods have set the bar for local models and designer when it comes to their expectations of professional care.
The home sales programs recruit sales people, not professionals. The products are not professional grade, even though some try to market themselves as such. In both the counter and the home sales, the sale is the goal, not the finished image.
What is your price per look/per face?
Professional artists do not bill in this manner, except when it comes to bridal work. In the industry, you will generally be quoted a half-day (anything under four hours) and a full-day rate (4-8 hours), and an hourly rate for time spent beyond the full day.
Do you accept promotional items?
I am always delighted to try new products and am thankful to the companies that have sent them. However, for me, honesty is key. Gratis is no guarantee of a positive review. That said, if I love a product, I am happy to review it, and do not hesitate to inform my models, other artists, and the consumers who ask for my advice. Representatives for a line are welcome to use my contact form and I can send you shipping information.
Would you like to sell Mary Kay/Avon/Motives/Artistry...etc?
Thank you, but no. I have been approached many times and have declined just as many. While these are lines have many fans for their daily-wear, I work in a different field of makeup with entirely different demands. I use what works for the needs of my job. The image is my goal, not selling some eyeshadows to make a little money on the side. When I work for a cosmetic line, I am hired as a professional, not as another body in a sales force. Since I have the luxury of choosing which lines I represent, I only work for those that I will actually use in my work and perform to the standards I require.
Do you work with bridal/private clients?
My work is primarily industry-related, with professional and corporate clients. However, I am available for wedding parties and individuals that are looking for a premium service with red-carpet techniques. Due to high demand, I do have a minimum booking rate for weekends. Those minimums would be equal to either a party size of four or my half-day rate.
Do you travel out of state?
I do travel for jobs and workshops. I have been known to pack up my bags for jobs such as the time a client flew me halfway across the country and provided me with lodging on a couple days notice because her artist for that weekend flaked. I did the job, got back on a plane that afternoon and flew back across the country to work a runway show. If the work is there, if transportation fees are there, I am there.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I did not start out in makeup. I already had a strong and varied artistic background when I started in this field. I have also filled several roles both in front of and behind the cameras. I have found myself called to do work as a costumer, stylist, dresser, model coach, set designer and props manufacturer. I have worked as an arts instructor, model, and laborer. When working in my studio, I have become known as the "props genie" because whenever a photographer wishes for something to add more dimension to a shoot, I have it or can make it. I have often accepted jobs just to learn a new skill-set or to get a great story, as such, I have become an artistic jack-of-all-trades and social chameleon. I bring those combined skills to become infinitely adaptable on-set.