Arzoo Shah, Mumbai-based bridal make-up artist
Initial Discussion... A Always inquire about: • Check for booking details and charges of the artist, including stay, travel, etc. • Whether the same artist will be present on the wedding day. Also ask for a backup plan in case the MUA can’t make it onthe day of the event. • Check the artist’s portfolio and ask
about their work experience. • Ensure they use good quality make-up products and always ask about how the make-up will photograph. • Discuss your skin concerns, if you
have any, right at the start. • Ask if they offer trial session before
the wedding. • Check if the artist will come to the wedding venue of if you need to go to the salon—choose the most convenient option!
On Trial Sessions...
A Just like you would never buy a fancy car without taking it for a test drive first, don’t even think about booking a wedding make-up artist without seeing his or her talent displayed on your face. Don’t hire an artist whose work you haven’t seen. A make-up artist should have a portfolio (either a physical one or digital) or a website. You must see an artist’s work before you even make an appointment for a trial. Skin Prep Time... A Six months. You must start early before you walk down the aisle.
Deciding the D-day Look...
A I ask client a series of preliminary questions to find out about the event, her outfit, daily make-up routine and skin type, the date of the event, and her expectations. Encourage her to bring inspiration photos from magazines on the day of the consultation. Look Preference... A Classic: For the marriage function and sangeet or mehendi events. Contemporary: For cocktail parties, pool parties and the reception.