A makeup artist is called by such a name because he/she uses a client’s face as a medium to transform or enhance the appearance. Sometimes a makeup artist is also called a beautician, a makeup stylist, and a cosmetologist, but most people in this profession specialize only in makeup, although a few others are skilled in other services such as nails, facial or hair.

The application of makeup is not a new trend, but traces its roots to the ancient world. You could say that the art of applying a cosmetic is one of the oldest professions in the world.

Makeup Services You Should Expect

A professional makeup artist is usually a member of a team of beauty experts that includes hairdressers and nail artists, and all of them have studied their respective fields. They are employed by an individual, a company (like a beauty salon), or they could also work as freelance makeup artists. Others also work as editors, columnists, and consultants in beauty magazines and companies. Most of them also have professional certificates and some even go on to make beauty products of their own. The field is so demanding that beauty and styling schools are not uncommon these days, because the clients not only include performers, but are made up mostly of regular people.

The best makeup artist in Singapore can transform the canvas (in this case the human body) into a desired character within a specific timeframe. He/she must be skilled in various styling skills such as the techniques in makeup application, the different types and tones of skin, and even the reaction of chemicals on the client’s skin. They are also expected to know all the makeup products available in Singapore as well as keep their makeup tools clean and in good working condition.

Some special services you can avail from a makeup stylist include the following:

Light Bending. This skill is needed to make the makeup work in different lighting conditions and settings.
High Definition. This makeup technique is used to make high fashion makeup work for everyday makeup. The products used are usually considered high grade and give a natural look without using too much makeup.
High Fashion. This type of makeup service is used in photo shoots for magazines. They will work closely with the photographers and other stylists while taking into consideration the location, climate, and time of the photo shoot.
Airbrushing. This is the technique used to cover tattoos, imperfections, and other skin blemishes with makeup.
Theatrical. This type of makeup is employed in movies and stage performances. They are expected to be present throughout the performance.
Special Effects. Beauticians in this field work in photo shoots and movie sets along with the production crew.
Prosthetics. Like special effects makeup, the beautician who specializes in prosthetics will work as part of the production team to transform the appearance of actors or models.

Makeup Techniques Used by Stylists

Look for the following skills when choosing a makeup artist to style you on important events:

• Accurate assessment of a client’s skin such as the sensitivity, condition, and coloring
• Mastery in type of makeup appropriate for a client’s skin
• Mastery of the color principles, such as the skin color and undertones
• Mastery of the bone structure to determine where to apply and the effects of the makeup
• Preparation of the skin before applying makeup such as cleansing, toning, and moisturizing
• Mastery of the application of foundation, eyebrow liner, eye shadow, bush, and lip color
• Alteration of makeup for evening, casual, work, and other looks
• Makeup application for special needs such as high fashion, theatrical productions, indoor/outdoor events, and bright and low light settings
• Makeup touch-ups for different lighting conditions
• Skilled in the use of various tools

Professional Tips during a Makeup Session

Hiring a professional makeup artist in Singapore is expensive, but before you complain about the price, remember that most of these beauticians are usually independent contractors and use materials that were bought from their own pockets. Consider the years of training as well and the expertise they bring with them during your bridal makeup for example.

So, to help make the experience more fun for both yourself and the makeup stylist, keep in mind the following things:

Prepare your face and skin. If you’re preparing for a big event, like your wedding, you should prepare yourself weeks before the makeup. Don’t forget to get a facial, moisturize, eat healthy food and exercise, drink enough water, and ensure that your face is always clean so that the application of the makeup goes smoother.

Clean your face before the makeup session. It’s easy to be tempted to apply makeup, but try not to apply anything on your face because the makeup artist will prefer to start on a clean, fresh canvas. There is no need to apply foundation and primer because the beautician can do it for you.

Let the stylist concentrate. While it’s nice to chat during a long session, most artists prefer to concentrate on the task in silence especially during the application of details. If there is something you want to change or improve, it’s also helpful to speak up, but be clear about what you expect before he/she starts applying the makeup.

Agree on the touchups. For big events like a wedding, you should talk to your makeup stylist about touch-ups especially during breaks or wardrobe changes.

Be realistic about your expectations. Even with the skills of a pro, remember that the makeup stylist will be working on what is already on the canvas—your face. Don’t demand that you must look like your favorite actor/actress, because you don’t have to look like anyone’s copy.

Always leave a tip. Professional styling is a skill that demands expertise in various fields, time, and effort, so remember that an extra reward for all that hard work will be appreciated.