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Finding a MakeUp Artist for a Photoshoot

by rachael / last updated February 29, 2012

Finding a MakeUp Artist for a Photoshoot

Along with the right clothes and the perfect photographer, finding the right make-up artist for your hair shoot can make or break the image.

Whether you’re looking for a striking, dramatic look to complement an avant garde style or something subtle and natural to allow the hair to speak for itself, finding the right make-up artist to help you achieve the desired overall image is an important job.

And with today’s high resolution cameras showing every pore and flaw, even the most beautiful model will benefit from the artistry of a professional who knows exactly what to hide and what to enhance, and how.

Choosing the Right Makeup Artist

As with photographers and stylists, the most important thing when looking for a make-up artist to work on your hair shoot is good old-fashioned research.

Nothing beats first-hand recommendations, so speak to others in the industry to find out who’ve they’ve worked with and what they thought. Don’t just speak to other hairdressers – your photographer, PR and stylist will all have recommendations for people that they’ve worked with in the past and will be able to give you a personal opinion as well as contact details.

Making contacts yourself will also help build up a reliable network of trusted people – speak to the make-up artists whenever you’re on a shoot, doing platform work, or assisting backstage at a fashion show. Everyone is looking to progress their career by working with other people and widening their network, so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and exchange details.

To find make-up artists who have worked specifically with hairdressers in the past, look through issues of HJ or browse our online gallery to find images that you like, check the credits, then look up the make-up artist on Google.

You could also look through glossy magazines or websites like Fashion Gone Rogue, which rounds up all the latest shoots from magazines across the world. Again, look out for make-up and styles that you love, then look up the make-up artist online – you’ll usually find a management agency pretty easily, although they may be more expensive or located elsewhere in the world.

If you’re on a budget, get in touch with your local college or university to see if they have any make-up courses that cover session work. New talent attempting to make a name for themselves will often be happy to work for free in exchange for images for their portfolio, although bear in mind that you do get what you pay for and experience does count for a lot

Finally don’t forget the power of social networking – if you’re active on Twitter and follow other hairdressers, PRs, journalists, photographers and make-up artists, a simple shout-out for help will probably result in plenty of recommendations. The same goes for Facebook.

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