Post # 1
Reposting in Beauty!
Arghhh!!! I’m starting to get nervous about finding a makeup artist for my wedding in Oct. I know the bay area is expensive, but yowza!! $200+ for makeup for me, and around $100 for BM is about the cheapest I’ve found after emailing a million places I found on yelp.
Do any of you have suggestions/recommendations/referrals? I don’t mind paying more for my makeup (ideally not $200, but I can do $100 or $150 for me), but I really can’t fathom asking my BM to pay $100 for makeup. I can’t afford $100 x 6 BM so I’m telling them it’s their choice, I would just like to find something reasonable where they might actually consider it ($50?). Or, has anyone had luck with partial makeup for BM? I have a friend who found someone who did partials – they could choose foundation, lips, eyes (no lashes), lashes for a reduced rate.
Any and all suggestions welcome!
Post # 2
I’m from San Franciso. And I used to do professional photography in SF for models so I’m used to dealing with make-up artist issues…
I feel there are 2 reasonsable options… First I would hit up every mall that you know of that sells MAC make-up. If you hit those girls up that do make-up they will usually be interested. They as a rule always carry personal business cards on them. But, do them a favor and do not ask in front of earshot of other customers or their managers. Be cool and keep it on the downlow. Usually they will hand you a card quickly and walk away. Some of them have web sites where you can view their work and some don’t. Its hit or miss. Have in mind what questions you want to ask them. But, don’t plan on asking them many questions there while they are at work.
Start contacting some make-up artist schools. Hit up students that are almost done with their program. You can even contact the teachers and ask what students are better. Or even ask if they have students recently out in the workplace needing a job. I’d make it clear you are NOT willing to pay professional prices since they are so new in the industry. Stand you ground on that one.
Hit up make-up artists that work in actual hair salons. Talk to them face to face away from the salon. You will get lower prices.
To get lower prices you have to learn to play the game and not contact those bigger companies.