Being a makeup artist involves so much more than having nice make-up and clean brushes (although these are of course important). Prepping for a photoshoot can sometimes take anything from a few hours to a few weeks and it is important to know the guidelines and etiquette from beginning to end.
When you are hired for a shoot, either as a collaboration or from a paid client, getting all of the information is integral, not only so that you know what to pack for your kit, but also so that you can be prepared for any unexpected surprises that may be thrown your way.
Sometimes a client will give you a mood board, usually in the form of a Pinterest board but sometimes in the form of a PDF. These are just to give you a feel for the type of vibe they are going for. Pay attention to the running themes of make-up or sometimes, lack thereof. Remember that it is part of your job to come up with a look for each of the models. The mood board may have a theme of smokey eyes for example, or glitter. Look out for colour schemes, are all of the colours dark and moody, earthy or vibrant. Is there a theme of braids or a loose boho look. The images are in there for a reason and it is very important to pay attention!
If the client has not created a board, be sure to ask what they are after. Sometimes, the look they are after is just a natural, clean look. Which you will find is a case for lots of editorial shoots. Even then, do your research on current and future trends. For example, the skin trends, is it a dewy glow, completely matte or barely there? Do they want the lashes defined or just a slick of black mascara.
Another idea is to find out the rough theme for the shoot(s) and create your own board to send to the client, or whomever is acting on behalf of the client. Im sure they will be more than happy to receive your ideas on the shoot as to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
Arriving on set
Once you have arrived, introduce yourself. To EVERYONE!! Everyone on that set is important and you will be working with them over the next day or week. Be sure to say hello to the photographer, hairstylist and clothes stylist. You will be working very closely together with them to create the perfect look for the client so it is important to have an introduction and discussion about how everything will go and also to ensure that the ice is broken. You need to feel entirely comfortable approaching them should you have any questions or need a little guidance throughout the shoot.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. In fact ALWAYS ASK FOR ADVICE. Once you have completed the desired look, grab the stylist, grab the hair stylist and the client, even the photographer. You want to appear approachable but not unsure of yourself. Ask them for any changes that they’d like, ask for a test on the camera if there is time to see how it looks and make any adjustments that anyone wants, especially the client. Leave your ego at the door. If the client doesn’t like the look or wants you to change it, you change it, no questions. Be sure to get them to clarify what parts they want you to change and how. It may only be subtle, but remember, it is your job to create their desired look if it is a paying client. If it is a collaboration, then you can have more of a say and you will all work together to achieve a result that is beneficial for everyones portfolio.
During the shoot
Once the shoot is underway, it is now your job to be on hand to make sure that the models remain exactly how you want them to look. This could mean that you will need to carry an extra bag or a ‘set bag’ full of items such as hair spray, bobby pins, hair spray and powder incase they get shiny. Don't be afraid to ask the photographer if you can step in if you see any stray hairs or any shine, they will be grateful that you have asked and thankful that they wont have to edit anything extra for the client. Oh and always ask if any of the team want tea or coffee. Trust me, it goes down well!
After the shoot
Shoots can sometimes go on for many hours and there are usually many more remaining for the clean up. Be as helpful as you can, clear away your items, wipe the tables and the mirror and leave your area exactly as you found it. Once you are done, check the dishes and dirty cups, offering a helping hand will go a long way and will be remembered. After all of this, the client or whoever is in charge will more than likely release you for the day. Remember to thank them and also that sending an email a few days later once again thanking them for having you along, and to let you know when they need you again will always put you in good stead should they need you for another shoot.
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