Getting the best out of your service provider and how to be the best type of client

This is a difficult post to write because I feel it can become a sensitive topic but the need was born somewhat out of a desperate place after too many incidents. Chatting to some of my makeup artist friends we realised that sometimes we forget how to treat our service providers. Now I use the term “we” because as much as makeup artists, hairstylists and so forth are service providers, so too are we clients that need services to be provided for. While we all expect a certain level of professionalism from our service providers, we forget (that as clients) we need to show a certain level of professionalism as well.

*Please do note that this post focus is on the makeup and hair industries specifically to brides.

Have photos: This is a small step that can be overlooked but please don’t under estimate its impact. By having images of looks or styles that you like provides your makeup artist/hairstylist etc. with an idea of what your aesthetics are.

Whether your images may show conflicting or varying styles, your artist will be able to determine the best look for you from there while chatting with you. It allows your artist to visualise what you like and what you don’t like but please remember to be realistic. If you have a picture of Kim K (which is very popular for makeup) know that you are asking for that style of makeup and not to expect to look exactly like her with her bone structure and all. I know it sounds strange but it happens. While makeup can be transformative, you’re meant to look like the best version of you.

Be on time: be-on-time-for-appointmentsWhether it’s your wedding day or your trial,do try to stick to the time arranged. Now wedding days are hectic and anything can happen but if you are going to be late, please do phone and let your artist know what is happening. Do not arrive an hour later without calling and expect a group of people to be done in the time that is left. Your artist may have other clients he/she needs to see to especially if they freelance and are driving to different venues on the day.

Don’t have an entourage: entourage-group-of-women

This applies to your trial. If you have one person whose opinion you absolutely trust, have that person with you but please do not bring your 2 best friends, your sister, your sister’s best friend and your sister’s best friend’s cousin. We’ve all heard that too many cooks spoil the broth and it is absolutely true. You want your trial to go as smoothly as possible and your artist wants you to leave feeling absolutely calm and at peace and happy.


Money is an awkward topic to be sure but it’s a necessary awkwardness needed in this article. Please stick to the payment terms set by your artist. While artists love what they do and probably don’t see their work as “work” the services they provide is their livelihood.

Did I miss anything out in this article? Do let me know and share your feedback!


2 responses to “Getting the best out of your service provider and how to be the best type of client

  1. I’m just trying to find a regular hairstylist. Sadly, mine passed away from Cancer at a young age. Since then, my hair has gotten very, very long. Ugh. You have an interesting site. I do just a bit of makeup and have no idea what to do with my hair. Maybe I’ll learn something.

    • Oh my gosh, that’s really sad 😦 cancer is a terrible illness and I lost my beloved grandfather due to it 😦 Thanks for the blog luv 🙂 I do hope that you can find something of interest here 🙂

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