1. Hire a makeup artist London
There are many types of makeup artist and plenty of choice out there. So how do you know who to hire, how much to pay and where to source the most suitable makeup artist for your needs? Fear not, The Freelancer Club has you covered. We'll provide you with top tips from the experts who have helped match over 12,000 employers and brands to freelance makeup artists in the last 2 years alone. Should you feel confident posting a job already, click here or on the button below to get started. For those looking for more information on how to hire a makeup artist in London, read on. 

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2. What type of makeup artist do you need?

There are makeup artists for every occasion and although many of them will be able to provide their service to suit your needs, some specialise in certain areas. Let's start by learning a few key makeup terms that you may like to use when posting a job.Beauty makeup artist

  • MUA - Makeup Artist

  • MUA/H - Makeup and Hair

  • Contouring - change the appearance of one's facial structure

  • E/S - eye shadow 

  • E/L - eye liner 

  • Cupid's Bow is the dimple in the middle of your upper lip.

What type of makeup artist are you looking for? We run through some of the most common sectors and provide typical services and costs. 

Wedding Makeup Artist

The basics: When hiring a wedding or bridal makeup artist, ensure that you list the number of people who will be having their makeup done on the day and a rough idea of the look you'd like to achieve. It's a good idea to schedule a trial before you comment to the makeup artist so that you can see which look you're going to have on your big day and so you can meet your makeup artist. State whether you'd like your hair done too as many makeup artists offer both services, and if you have any skin allergies or makeup preferences. Ask yourself the following questions: Will the makeup artist have to stay for the entire day for touch ups? Do I need to feed the makeup artist? Do I need to arrange travel for the makeup artist? 

A makeup artist will normally send you a portfolio to look through that you can use as a guide when choosing the type of look you want. Feel free to send links of looks that you like to help the makeup artist provide you with the best look possible. 

Top Tip: Post a job for a Hair and Makeup Artist to save on money.

Cost: Depending on where you are in the world will determine the price but expect to pay anywhere from £30 - £75 for a trial and £150 - £500 for the makeup on the day. Some makeup artists will offer a reduced trial fee if you book them for the day. 

Private Hire 

The basics: Special occasions, prom, Halloween, office parties or you just fancy a professional makeup look on a Friday night. Another great benefit of hiring a freelance makeup artist is that they often come to you. You'll be able to get your makeup done in the comfort of your own home and spend more time working on your outfit for the night. Private hires tend to be quick jobs to get you ready before your night out. Timing and punctuality is all important. Ensure that you tell the makeup artist when you would like him or her to arrive and how long they have to complete the look. Any images or references you have are also good to send the makeup artist before the day of the job so they have plenty of time to buy anything they don't have. 

Top Tip: Ask plenty of questions when the pro makeup artist is working on you. Not only will you receive a professional look that you'd find hard to do yourself but you can get great tips on what suits your skin type, face shape and product recommendations. Should your friends want to get a pro look too, get them round. You'll save money and all look incredible. 

Cost: A mobile makeup artist would generally be booked for 2 hours minimum and you can expect to pay between £50 - £150.

SFX Makeup Artist

Special effects makeup would normally be required for film or TV and it's an areas that requires a specialist. London is full of new productions and there's always work for MUAs in the industry. Whether you're shooting a student film or looking for a makeup artist for a big budget feature, special effects makeup artists can work miracles. Unlike a private hire or wedding job, SFX tends to take a long time and most production companies would hire a makeup artist on day rate or project basis. The more information you can provide in the job post, the better. Links to images, sketches or moodboards are also very useful.

Top Tip: Check out the credits of the makeup artist to see what else they've worked on but don't shy away from new talent. There are often exceptionally gifted SFX makeup artists who have just come out of a course but have yet to shoot any professional shots. Look past the Photoshop finishes and models they've used to grab yourself a bargain. 

Cost: Not an easy one to price as it really depends on the job but be prepared to pay anywhere from £100 - £800 per day. A SFX will have hirer overheads to cover with the amount of product used. 

Fashion Makeup Artist

Fashion covers a lot of types of shoots so let's list a few to clarify.

  • High fashion or an editorial shoot would involve a full fashion team of photographer, hair, makeup, stylist and model. Ensure the makeup artist has the moodboard or concept well in advance of the shoot and ideally images of the models you'll be shooting on the day. Knowledge of their skin tone and face shape will help the makeup artist plan the looks. 
  • Commercial fashion is often less conceptual and more practical. Online fashion retail or e-commerce is a booming sector and the importance of a good makeup artist can not be underestimated. 
  • Beauty, whilst technically not fashion, often falls under the same umbrella. A beauty shoot will often focus on the models face, a skin product or fragrance. The makeup artist is the star of the show here and imperative to choose wisely. 

 

3. How to choose the right makeup artist 

When you post a job on The Freelancer Club you'll receive a bunch of applications from highly talented makeup artists in London. You can even post your own questions for the makeup artist to answer. You'll be presented with each of their profiles including their portfolio, a message and quote for the job. To speed up the process and make it as easy as possible, you can move each candidate into different categories such as 'Shortlist' or 'Unsuccessful'.  Here are a list of the main areas to consider when choosing your London makeup artist.

  1. Portfolio - do they have experience and have they the images to prove it? Look at the quality of the makeup as well as the professionalism of the shot. How much Photoshop has gone into the image and how much is the makeup artist? 
  2. Professionalism - see how much experience they have and whether the application have been professionally written. Do they have a website with a business email address? These points may seem minor but they all add up to show how serious the applicant is. 
  3. Price - everyone loves a bargain but too cheap could spell disaster. Weight up all the factors when making your call. 
  4. Personality - talent is one thing but you also want to get on with your makeup artist! 

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4. What to expect on the day?

Whether it's your wedding day, Halloween night or on a film set, your makeup artist will arrive with all the necessary kit in place. They will typically have a sit down consultation to begin with that can be conducted casually over a cup of tea or in a production meeting. Meeting a client in person will often bring with it slight changes to the original plan due to face shape or quality of skin.
 
Once the consultation is done, it's time to get into the chair and get to work. In regards to mobile makeup artists who come to your property, it's a good idea to have a set up already in place so you're not wasting time. A chair in front of a mirror at eye line will do the job and in many cases, the makeup artist will have portfolio lights and/or a mirror to assist. Don't worry if you don't have a suitable set up as most makeup artists are well used to working in minimal conditions and can perform at a high level in the majority of scenarios. 
 
Another good time saver is to prep your skin before the makeup artist arrives. A clean face that is ready to be worked on will speed up the process although we always recommend you ask the makeup artist about this before they arrive. Most standard makeup looks (ie: not special effects) take less than an hour but, again, it's a good idea to ask your MUA how long he or she will need to finish the job. 
 
Think about your outfit too. Makeup artists will normally carry a makeup cape to protect your clothes so you may wish to get dressed first. Keep in mind that you'll be in makeup for 30 - 45 minutes and the outfit could get crumpled. The alternative is to have the makeup done first then to carefully get changed to go out.  
 
 

5. How to get started 

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Now you've got a pretty good understanding of the makeup world and how to hire a makeup artist, it's time to post your job. To help with the process we've created a checklist for you to follow and an example to use as a reference. 

  1. Should you require more than one freelancer (eg: Hair Stylist or Photographer), include them in the post or create separate jobs for each role. 
  2. Enter the date your require the makeup artist or the expiry date of the job
  3. Insert the location of the job. Should you be getting married in Surrey for instance but live in London, enter Surrey into the location field. 
  4. Write a description with as much info as possible. The more precise you can be the better. 
  5. Choose your budget range. If you're still not sure what to pay, you'll get more applicants with a higher budget. 
  6. Choose how long you require the makeup artist for. 
  7. Add in any additional questions you'd like to ask. 
  8. Choose whether you'd like to receive individual notifications for each application (recommended for urgent jobs) or a daily summery.

 

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6. Makeup artist London

The capital city hosts hundreds of wonderfully talented makeup artists to cater for all your needs. What's more, they are a lot more affordable than you might think. Once you've posted the job, the Freelancer Club site makes is so easy to manage all your applicants in one place and source the best person for the job. Once you've posted your job (for free), you'll be able to post as many jobs as you like in the future for makeup artists, photographers, hair stylists, nail techs, videographers or even models. Take a look at our quick video tutorial on how to manage a job. 

 

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