Congratulations! You’ve decided your makeup routine needs a refresh. Booking a makeup lesson is a great first step toward leveling-up your skills and gaining a newfound confidence in your makeup regimen. To make the most of this experience, let’s talk about the key questions you should ask before and during your session, so you feel prepared and know what to expect at a makeup lesson.
If you’ve done your homework or checked out the makeup artist’s website or reviews, you should have a good understanding that the artist matches the style and skills you need for the look you desire. For example, do you want a natural look lesson, or are you seeking a high-glam editorial look? You’ll want to book your lesson with someone that you resonate well with, both style-wise and avalibility-wise.
Let the artist know why you are booking your appointment. Some reasons may be that you want to update your everyday look, learn how to update your makeup for mature skin, or you have a destination wedding, and you want to be able to recreate a look for your special day. The more specific you are, the better prepared your makeup professional will be.
Ask, Can I bring my own products? Some studios allow you to learn how to update and apply some of the makeup you own and love. Don’t be embarrassed that you have drugstore products or tools. A great professional understands budgets and knows there are a great variety of makeup brands that truly work.
It’s important that you share any product allergies, sensitive skin issues, or special needs ahead of the appointment. The artist can then be prepared with products that work for you.
Ask how long the lesson will take and if there is a cancellation policy. Some studios have a fee for no-shows or reschedules under 24 hours.
The most important part of your consultation begins with an honest conversation. The artist should start with questions and make sure you are comfortable knowing that your image goals are an important part of the lesson. Your artist should ask questions to understand your preferences, lifestyle, and the specific skills you’d like to enhance. This sets the stage for a lesson tailored to your needs. And most importantly, the artist should be getting feedback from you during the whole consultation, so you know you have a say in the leaving with a look you love.
The artist may assess your current makeup skills to gauge your starting point. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this evaluation helps customize the lesson accordingly. It’s important that you are honest and feel comfortable sharing your skills.
You can expect a step-by-step demonstration of various techniques. Some parts of the lesson will involve hands-on practice. It should be your choice as to whether you want to take the brush and duplicate the skill you were just taught. Some clients would rather watch, and that’s perfectly okay. If there’s something during the demonstration you don’t understand, ask to see it again or ask the artist to modify it to your skill level. You may have a tips sheet where you or the makeup artist can add customized notes.
Based on your skin type, tone, and desired looks, the makeup artist will likely provide recommendations for products that suit you. If you are allowed to bring in your own products, you can discover new ways to apply them or find a product that may work better for you.
Approach your professional makeup lesson with curiosity and an open mind. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, seek clarification, and express your preferences. Remember, this lesson is about empowering you with skills so that you can discover your most beautiful self, your honest image.