Frequently Asked Questions

By now, you’ve probably chatted with atleast 15 different vendors for your wedding day or other special event. Your mind is swimming with ideas and anxiety about what vendor you should hire, how to decide what is more “important” when sticking to a budget, and the ever pressing concern of “Which questions should I be asking?” Below are a few questions that I frequently get asked by clients, and potential clients on a daily basis.

If you haven’t perused my blog post about “Tips for Communicating with Your Vendors”, be sure to follow the link here and then also check out “Selecting Your Wedding Vendors” by following the link here. These small blogs will be super helpful in not only choosing your beauty pro, but also any of the other vendors on your list as well!

How did you get involved in makeup?

In 2012, I moved home to pursue schooling and a potential career in Social work, while attending SCSU. To pay for school, one of the jobs that I took on was a part-time consultant position at Clinique within Herberger’s – and from there I fell in love! I learned so much about skincare, sanitation, client makeup applications, and the basis of great customer service! I knew that I loved cosmetics, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to turn it into a career. Fast forward a few years, and working for awesome brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Ulta Beauty – where I was given the opportunity to work with so many great brands – and now I own my small beauty biz. Truly, there is nothing more rewarding and humbling to me than being given the opportunity to be part of your special day!

Where can we find pictures of your work?

I have an extensive amount of photos on my social media, but you can also check out a few of my client galleries on my website too! If you are searching for bridal photos, I recommend checking out the bridal gallery. Searching for photos of clients outside of the bridal realm? Check out my lifestyle gallery, where you can find pictures from engagement sessions, boudoir, head shots and branding, and senior photos (soon to be added).

What are some of your favorite brands?

I like a variety of brands, really I don’t have much brand loyalty as I am someone who believes that each brand does something amazing, but no brand does it all perfectly. Because of this, I love to mix and match products from well known brands to create the highest quality, and longest lasting looks for you. In addition to this, product safety is also terribly important to me so for skin prep I use brands such as Beautycounter, CLN&DRTY, and Clinique as they are great for sensitive clients and they are formulated with your safety in mind. Other well known brands I carry are Tarte Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder, and so many more. Truly, the products I carry in my kit have not only been tested on myself for weeks before I purchase another and add it to my kit, but I also test it on tons of people before it becomes a staple for me. Rest assured, I will never show up to an event with something new and untested. Your special day is not a time for my experimental research!

Do you offer airbrush?

Yes! At this time I do offer BOTH airbrush and traditional makeup artistry services! When I launched my beauty biz, I was stubborn and not ready to invest in airbrush. I can be a bit obstinate at times, and so I had a hard time wrapping my mind around how airbrush products could/would be effective. However, after getting many client requests, I broke down and bought the system and forced myself to learn. Now, I can happily and confidently say that I offer airbrush to a majority of my clients. While my traditional products offer over 12+ hours of wear, I always recommend opting for airbrush as those goodies offer 16+ hours of flawless coverage. Truly, I love, love, love airbrush!

What is your booking process?

My booking policies are pretty straight forward. Once you decide to book with me, I will send out a contract information request form. This form will lay out all of the pertinent information that I will need to write up your custom contract – you will have 48 hours to return this document, with all of the information to me. Once I receive your information, I will write your contract the same day and return to you with your retainer invoice. I require a non-refundable retainer, and a signed contract to secure your date. You will have 7 calendar days from the date that I send your information to you to return your retainer and documents. If you are unable to fulfill these criteria, and do not communicate with me, you will forfeit your date, and it will be granted to the next client on the wait list. Wedding services book up quickly, so I do this to ensure that the market is a fair playing field for other brides.

Do you have a required number of clients to book?

Yes, Saturdays during peak season (May-October) I do require a minimum of 5 clients to travel on-site to you. Fridays and Sundays, I do have a bit more flexibility to work with you, so please ask for specifics. If you do have a Saturday wedding during peak season but fall short of 5 clients, do not worry there are other options. If you have not secured hair services, we can chat about pricing for this if your timeline permits. If you do not have interest in hair services, there are also other options to get you to the 5 client minimum. Please feel free to connect to learn more. I’m flexible, and I would love to work with YOU!

How do we get in touch with you?

Email is always best! I check my emails frequently, and unless there are unforeseen circumstances, you can expect a response within 24 hours. You can email me directly at makeupartistrywithashleymarie@yahoo.com or fill out the contact information form here. You can also connect with me on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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