The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Makeup Artist
By Lydia Martin

06 October 2015

Expert makeup artist Christina Dellar from Freckles & Blush shares her top 5 questions you must ask your makeup artist before you book. Plus, the red flags you need to avoid!

Over the years I’ve had so many brides tell me that they feel a lot of pressure to look the best they have ever looked on their wedding day. I totally understand this as I felt the same way for my wedding. But I tell all my brides the same thing: “You will be so happy that you will exude natural beauty!” and with the help of a talented makeup artist you’ll look and feel absolutely stunning!

It’s a big deal to have someone up close and personal making you feel beautiful. Just as you need to look around to find the dream dress, you’ll need to spend some time searching for the right makeup artist. There are so many talented makeup artists in Auckland, but you want to find the one who best suits you.

To help you find ‘the one,’ I have 5 important questions that you must ask your makeup artist before you book her/him and the red flags to look out for!


1/ What brand of makeup do you use?

One of the most important questions to ask is: What brand does she use in her kit? Now every makeup artist will have a compilation of different products from a few favourite brands, but there is usually one main brand she’ll use. For Freckles & Blush, I use Bobbi Brown and MAC. I am most comfortable with these brands as I know they are top quality and will last well on the skin. 

Red flag – A makeup artist who uses a brand you have never heard of or a brand like Wendy Hill (this is the makeup you get when you graduate makeup school & is not the best for your skin).

2/ How long will you take per person?

You’ll want to ask the makeup artist how long she normally takes to do makeup for one person. Now, there is no right or wrong amount of time that it should take to do makeup but I personally take 25 - 35 min, and that includes lashes. I’m a little faster than most simply because I’ve been doing makeup for over 9 years, but a lot of makeup artists take an hour. You want to ask this question as it’s important in the planning of your day. If you need to be ready by 12pm and you have 5 people needing makeup done and your makeup artist takes 1 hour per person then that’s an early start! 

Red Flag – If your makeup artist can’t give you a timeframe or if she takes over an hour per person. That’s a long time to be sitting in a chair!

3/ Do you connect with & like the makeup artist?

This one is not so much a question to ask the makeup artist, but rather to ask yourself. Do you connect with her/him? Having someone so up close and personal on your wedding day and doing something as important as your makeup means that you want to be able to get along with and trust them.

Give the makeup artist a call before you book them – you should get a pretty good idea of their personality just by chatting. Your trial, however, is the best time to get to know your artist and ask lots of questions. You want them to be someone you can be relaxed with, chat openly with your girlfriends around and, overall, someone who will make your day more enjoyable. I have heard horror stories from brides whose makeup artist was bossy – telling the bride and bridesmaids what to do! The best compliment I can receive from a bride is that I made her feel relaxed. 

Red Flag – If the makeup artist is not happy to answer your questions and makes you feel like you are bothering her then walk away. Also, if during the trial you don’t connect at all then you won’t want that person there on your big day.

4/ Are there any extra costs involved?

You will want to ask the makeup artist what if there are any extra costs for things such as eyelashes, travel, and special touch ups, particularly if they are not clearly stated on her website. For instance, some makeup artists charge to apply false lashes. At Freckles & Blush we don’t, but I have the bride bring the lashes she wants and I apply them (I provide the glue) for free. 

Red Flag – If later on down the track your makeup artist starts to add on extras or changes the prices, re-book with someone else. Everything you are paying for should be clear before you pay the deposit. No bride wants surprises (especially those to do with money!) just before her wedding.

5/ Are you the makeup artist who will be there on my wedding day?

Last but not least, you should ask directly if the makeup artist for your trial is the one who will be showing up on the day. It amazes me, but recently there have been a lot of stories of other artists showing up on the day that the bride has never met. This boggles my mind to think that a makeup artist wouldn’t make it clear that it wasn’t them specifically that was going to be there on the day. I know that when I book a bride, it will be me showing up on the day. However, in cases of emergency, I do have two other makeup artists that I can call on if something really unforeseen happens. These are artists I trust & personally recommend. This situation however is very different from a makeup artist sending someone else entirely different to do the work, while probably alos collecting a percentage of the fee without your knowledge. 

Red Flag – If you notice on his/her website that they mention their ‘team’ a lot but they don’t clearly introducing the team members, then watch out. Also, check their terms & conditions. Some makeup artists clearly state that on the day they might not be the artist that shows up so you will want to double check that.

I hope that these tips and things to look out for has been helpful for you. Just remember your makeup artist should be someone that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed while giving you the perfect look for your big day. All the best with your wedding plans and feel free to ask any questions you might have!


Article by Christina Dellar – Freckles & Blush