Whether you’re someone who spends hours watching YouTube and pacing the isles of Sephora or someone who has never applied anything to your face. At some point or another you may choose to hire a beauty professional for what could potentially be one of the most important days of your life. When searching for the perfect person to be part of that special day, I recommend taking the following steps:
1. Word of Mouth
The first thing I always do when searching for a vendor is ask my friends and family if they have someone they trust to refer to me. These days it’s not often we hire someone without knowing about previous experience before hand.
2. Google Them
After taking recommendations from friends and family I then consult with the internet Gods. What are other people saying about this person/company? What information do they have on their website? It their website professional and straight forward? Before taking the next step, I make sure to look for a few key things:
Do they respond to emails promptly?
Are they on time for your phone meeting/trial run?
Quality of Service
Do they have photos posted of their work? A professional portfolio? Is the quality of work in line with your needs and expected outcome?
Cost/Budget (this is very important-more on this in another post)
In terms of cost for example, many vendors have their prices listed so before emailing them for a quote I will do the math myself and make sure they are within my budget. If they do not have their pricing listed, I will email them with my budget and ask for a quote. We all usually have an idea of what we want to pay and have a number in mind already. If you have no clue what the service should cost, I suggest researching others in the area and comparing prices.
Remember, just because something costs more doesn’t mean there is more value in it. On the flip side, going with the cheapest option has its risks as well. You want to look for the person with the necessary skills, professionalism, and experiences needed to fulfill their duties in a budget you are comfortable with.
3. Reach Out
I will then send them an email or give them a call to find out more information.
VERY IMPORTANT: Ghosting is not professional. Don’t leave each other hanging. Politely respond back after getting a quote or asking for more information. If a vendor took the time to craft a custom quote or answer your questions, they deserve the same attention and respect.
Do they speak your language? Literally and figuratively. Are they professional, friendly, and well groomed? You don’t have to have a “best-friend-potential” type connection with them. Being able to communicate your needs and desired outcome so that the vendor knows how to deliver is all that matters.
“If you hired a photographer for your event and photos are important to you, shouldn’t hair and makeup be just as important?”