Why Hire an MUA?

In a world of Instagram and YouTube tutorials, why would you hire a makeup artist when you can learn how to do your own makeup yourself for special events? There are actually lots of reasons why. In short – if you’ve hired a professional photographer for any reason, you should hire a professional makeup artist so that your risk of disliking the end product is reduced.

For Weddings and Special Events: Professional Makeup Artists have lots of experience with wedding makeup applications and have products, skills, and knowledge that the average person doesn’t have. Did you know that there are makeup application techniques for flash photography vs natural light? We also have particular products to keep your makeup long-lasting and as tear/sweat proof as possible. We artists also know that what may look and feel like a LOT of makeup in the mirror is what is going to make you look flawless in photos. As an MUA for weddings I know how to do soft applications that still have you looking warm and glowing. Professional MUA’s have high-end products in our kits to match the needs of you and all your bridesmaids, and will make sure everyone looks consistent in photographs.

For Headshots, Modelling, and other Studio Photography: the world of high-definition cameras has changed the game for makeup artists working for editorial and commercial photographers. There are makeup products built specifically for high definition photography, and it’s true that less is more when working in high-def makeup. Where natural light dilutes makeup and colours, studio light allows for full saturation. Check out my Studio Editorial page for examples.

My Rate: My fees for applications is mid-range for professional artists, and increases annually to reflect my increased experience and operating costs. Your application fee isn’t just to cover the cost of the labour of the application – there are so many factors that are built in my (or any other artist’s business). All of the following factors create the price:

  • The Makeup – high end products, disposable tools for sanitation, cleaning products for sanitation, an array of skin tones, makeup for different skin types
  • Professional memberships with makeup brands
  • Insurance
  • Website fees
  • Gas/mileage on cars, and travel time
  • Professional Lighting, chairs,
  • Administration time (updating website and social media, corresponding with clients, accounting, scheduling)
  • Background knowledge (i.e. school, classes and ongoing development)

My rate reflects the professionalism involved in hiring me.