Ar­zoo Shah, Mumbai-based bri­dal make-up artist

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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.

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