Post # 1
There’s a makeup artist in my area who comes highly recommended from a number of sources. She’s a preferred vendor at my venue, meaning she’ll travel there for free. I’m also a fan of her online portfolio – the pictures she’s posted are all appealing to me, but I realize that doesn’t mean that every single customer looks as great as those women.
I contacted her about a week ago, and my wedding date is supposedly the only Saturday she still has available. She’s been at least marginally pushy about sending me a contract so I can sign it and reserve the date. But I really want to do a trial before signing anything at all.
What would you do? I know that many people say she does fantastic work and is really wiling to work with her clients and their vision. The pictures on her website are all beautiful. And I don’t want to risk losing the opportunity to book her. Should I just sign the contract and go for a trial when I can? I guess I’m just not sure how determined makeup artists are to get their dates squared away, so I don’t know if her determination to get a contract signed is just par for the course, or a sign that something is funky.
Post # 3
I was kinda hoping for more than 2 votes … Does anyone else have an opinion?
Post # 4
I’m doing this too, I was so happy my girl was available, I didn’t even blink when she wanted me to sign. We’re signing a bunch of contracts, lighting, for intstance, that I won’t actually get to see the actual final product before paying 100% of the cost. I think I have to give a $100 deposit, and my trial is $200, but compared to eveything else this seems really inexpensive to me. Her website is awesome, and I can just tell she’s the one for me.
Post # 5
Having a friend who is make up artist, I understand the point of having a contract signed to retain the date. Since wedding season has started it’s very hard. However, is there any way she can accomodate a trial?
If not, find out if the contract and a deposit (if required) is refundable. You don’t want to be pressured into sigining something. But if the venue uses her as a preferred vendor I would go with the recommendation. Just do your research if there is any money to be deposited first.
Good luck on your search!
Post # 6
I just booked my MUA. I pay 50% at time of the trial, and 50% 7 days prior to the wedding.
Nothing in contract. I am a little concerned about paying the last 50% prior to the wedding just because it doesn’t give her a lot of incentive to show up the day of. For stuff like catering I can understand that they need the money ahead of time to buy food, but I’m not sure about it for MUA.
How much is your MUA. If you have heard good things and its under $200 or so, I would sign the contract and go from there. The worst is you loose $200, but more than likely you will get someone true to their work and you will get the last saturday they are available.
Post # 7
I went ahead and signed it. Her payment policies seem reasonable ($50 deposit with the remainder paid at the time of service), she gives a good discount for groups (for me and 4 bridesmaids, it’ll be $70 for me and $55 for each of them), and she’s a preferred vendor at my venue, so I get an additional 10% off and her travel fees are waived. With all that, even if she’s awful (and I strongly doubt she will be), I’ll just have her redo my makeup until I like it.
Post # 8
i wouldn’t be worried about the contract or the deposit. As a professional hairstylist/makeup artist myself, we make these contracts to not only keep our business secure, but also to make sure that you, as the client, gets the date you need before someone else snatches it up. If she really is well-known and respected as a Makeup Artist, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the oppotunity with her and the contract just really solidifies that appointment for you. Most vendors want some kind of deposit or contract for this reason. Not only caterers, but DJ’s, Photographers, Florists, and so forth. But worried about her backing out? That should be the least of your worries and I’m sure she’ll be able to acheive the look you are going for. That’s what we are trained to do! 🙂 Just make sure you 100% honest with her if you don’t like something, and you’ll be a happy client!
Post # 9
I booked mine before a trial. They came highly recommended and booking fee was only $25. So just to ensure I had someone, I jumped on it. Its still pretty risky, I haven’t done my trial yet and this wasn’t someone specific, I couldn’t look at a portfolio, it was just a company that had a good reputation. But anyway, it depends on what the contract says. I was sure to find out what the cancellation policy was. It my case, if I give them enough notice, I’m fine.
I’d book her as long as its clearly stated that you can still cancel (and you don’t have to put a large deposit down). Then you can go for your trial and decide what you’d like to do.
Post # 10
Don’t do it, I booked a makeup artist after the first trial which was just “ok” and my husband hated my makeup….and she even did a second trial that I paid for and I decided this just wasn’t what I wanted for hte most important day of my life…and I lost my deposit….DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING until you see if her work is right for YOU. Trust me, it will save you lots of worry and money.
Post # 11
Just stumbled upon this thread. I have been trying to find a MUA/hair stylist for my wedding. Yes, I know it’s 11 months away at this point but vendors book quick around here. Two of the artists said they are already booking in my month!
Some allow me to put a “soft hold” on the date. I don’t have to pay anything or put a deposit down, but I get marked as a tentative booking on that date. They said I didn’t have to worry about the trial until after the holidays.
Other MUA/hair stylists want me to sign a contract and put a deposit down without even doing a trial first. How can I book someone if I don’t know what their work is going to be like? It’s not like I’m trying to book a vendor for uplighting where they work with solid, non-changing surfaces like walls. This is my face here and I have a lot of trouble with staying power of makeup due to my extremely oily skin. I really do need a test run before I hire my MUA.