1. Hire a makeup artist near me
Whether you require a Makeup Artist for a professional photo shoot, an MUA to produce special effects on your latest film, you're getting married or just fancy looking like a Hollywood star for the evening, hiring local professional makeup artists is the way to go.
Knowing who to hire and how to define your makeup artist requirements will make sure you save time, money and get the best possible results. There are are many different types of makeup artist to choose from, so how do you know who to hire, how much to pay and where to source the most suitable makeup artist for your needs?
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Should you feel confident posting a job already, click here or on the button above to get started. For those looking to get more information on how to hire a makeup artist in London, read on.
2. What type of makeup artist do I need?
Here are a few terms to note when posting a job to hire a makeup artist in your area. Reminder, 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 and it pays to choose a specialist. Let's start by learning a few key makeup terms that you may like to use when posting a job.
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.
Ask yourself, 'what type of makeup artist am I looking for?' We'll look at some of the most common sectors and provide typical services and costs.
A Wedding Makeup Artist Near Me
The basics: When hiring a local wedding or bridal makeup artist, ensure that you make clear 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. Mention your skin tones, the general look you'd like to achieve and any allergies. A makeup artist will always consult before applying any makeup to a client but the more they know, the better prepared they can be.
For a little extra, 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. If you're not satisfied with the Makeup Artist's work, there is still time to trial another. Really important - let them know whether you'd like your hair done too as many makeup artists offer both services. If you'd like a basis up-do, many MUAs can handle this. If you're looking for a full elaborate hair style, check with them first. 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 local 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 to images of the looks that you like to help the makeup artist produce the best look possible. If they can see a visual representation of the look you're after, it makes it so much easier for them to recreate it.
Top Tip: If you post a job for a Hair and Makeup Artist it will save you money. However, hiring separately will save time and give you another pair of hands on the day.
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. Keep in mind the makeup artist has to cover the cost of their makeup products as well as travel and time. Makeup for the entire wedding party and touch-ups throughout the day will cost more than just the bride. Most MUAs have a day rate (between £120 - £300) so even if they are just hanging around in case you need them, they still need to be paid.
Private Hire Near Me
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. Also known as Mobile Makeup Artists, 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 of mobile makeup artists tend to be quick jobs to get you ready before a night out or event. Timing and punctuality is all important. Ensure that you tell the makeup artist exactly when you would like him or her to arrive and how long they have to complete the look. Timing is everything as you want to leave the house with a new look just applied. 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: Professional Makeup Artists are more than just appliers of eye shadow and lip gloss, they are beauty experts too. 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. Take into account that local makeup artists who live near you have to travel less and will charge less. Travel and time are a freelancer's commodity and, even if their hourly rate is £15, they are unlikely to take a booking for 'one hour'.
SFX Makeup Artist
Not just for TV, film and theatre, special effects makeup artists are in demand all year round. One would normally associated a SFX Makeup Artist with film or TV, however, private clients are hiring SFX makeup artists for fancy dress parties and Halloween.
In the realm of media and film, London is full of new productions and there's always work for MUAs in the industry. Whether you are shooting a student film or looking for a makeup artist for a big budget feature, special effects makeup artists can produce any look you can image. 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. Below is a list of fashion roles that Makeup Artists are regularly called for.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- Price - everyone loves a bargain but too cheap could spell disaster. Weight up all the factors when making your call.
- Personality - talent is one thing but you also want to get on with your makeup artist!
4. What to expect on the day?
5. How to get started
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.
- Should you require more than one freelancer (eg: Hair Stylist or Photographer), include them in the post or create separate jobs for each role.
- Enter the date your require the makeup artist or the expiry date of the job
- 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.
- Write a description with as much info as possible. The more precise you can be the better.
- Choose your budget range. If you're still not sure what to pay, you'll get more applicants with a higher budget.
- Choose how long you require the makeup artist for.
- Add in any additional questions you'd like to ask.
- Choose whether you'd like to receive individual notifications for each application (recommended for urgent jobs) or a daily summery.
6. Makeup artist near me
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.