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Makeup Artists’ Top 8 Pet Peeves

When you schedule an appointment with a makeup artist to get ready for your next big event, there are a few things to consider before you head out the door. Makeup artists have hundreds of clients they work with, and there are certain errors clients make in preparation for their appointment that really make the job difficult—other than no-showing and last-minute cancellations, of course.

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1. Not Keeping Up on Your Skincare Routine

Makeup can cover flaws and enhance your natural beauty, but it can’t make up for a poor skincare routine. Keeping up with your skincare creates the base for your makeup, and without a quality base, you won’t be able to achieve the flawless look you’re going for. Before you head off to your appointment, make sure you wash and moisturize your face. Regardless of your specific skin concerns, clean, moisturized skin is vital to maintaining a good complexion and a smooth finish.

2. Not Being Willing to Shake It Up

If you’re going to the trouble (and expense) to have a professional do your makeup, why not try something new? This is a great opportunity to learn some new tricks or try out a new product you would never normally dare to try on your own. Makeup artists come with a score of tips and techniques they can pass along. So, go to your appointment willing to dare be different and step away from your normal routine and have some fun!

3. Wearing Makeup to Your Appointment

Don’t wear makeup to your makeup appointment. Just don’t. Makeup artists get their title because they are artists, and they want a blank canvas to work with. Keep your skin as close to bare as possible so your artist can get a good idea of the face behind the face and be able to see what they are working with. It will also save time, letting your artist get to work right away instead of spending time removing the makeup you just freshly applied.

4. Not Telling Your Artist About Skin Allergies

Every makeup artist has their own selection of products they are intimately familiar with, and they know which ones will work for various skin concerns. Be sure to tell your makeup artist of any allergies or sensitivities you may have, and be upfront about your skin type. Your artist will be grateful (as will your skin).

5. Trying to Make Eye Contact

In most situations, making eye contact is the polite thing to do. Your makeup appointment is not the time or place to do that, though. It may be difficult to avoid looking at your makeup artist, especially if they are carrying on a conversation with you, but you only make things more difficult if you are trying to maintain eye contact while having your makeup applied—especially eye makeup. Play it safe and keep your eyes on the ground. Your artist won’t take offense.

6. Arriving Late to Your Appointment

Your appointment has been carefully scheduled to fit between other clients your makeup artist plans on seeing. Arrive early to make sure you have enough time to find a parking spot and walk to the counter. You’ll avoid making your artist irritated and inpatient and will have the maximum time you’ve paid for to perfect your look.

7. Not Choosing a Makeup Artist Suited to Your Needs

Makeup artists are aplenty and certainly easy to find in the age of digital technology. That also makes researching your artist a little easier. Put some time into reviewing potential candidates’ work to make sure their style is in line with the look you want. Careful selection will help ensure a happy outcome.

8. Unclear Communication

You and your artist may have a completely different interpretation of a cat eye or rosy cheeks. To make sure you’re both on the same page, bring a picture (or three or four) of exactly what you have in mind.

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