- Having set times for each bridesmaid to come meet me (there was a half hour for each) allowed for them to schedule their afternoon and take care of eating, napping, hair, etc... as opposed to just having everyone sitting there waiting on me the whole time.
- Having a well-organized train case full of products that were carefully chosen. I knew basically what skintones I was working with, and planned the overall "look" so I didn't overwhelm myself with a zillion shades of this or that.
- Packing plenty of disposable items that I'd be reaching for often and sitting them out so they were readily available- sponges, q-tips, pointed q-tips, mascara wands, Kleenex.
- Having a trashcan nearby. Seems like a no-brainer, but it kept me from tossing a used tissue or q-tip onto my work-space, potentially making me look cluttered, unsanitary, and unprofessional.
- Having brush cleaner & alcohol in spray bottles... allowed me to quickly sanitize brushes, lash curlers, and makeup products.
- Doing my homework with the girls between "sessions"- asking the next one about her skintype, and what amount of makeup she's accustomed to wearing... sort of getting a feel for her comfort zone.
- Allowing a lot of extra time for the bride (my last person)... Setting aside 1.5 hours for her was the reason everything stayed on schedule & the girls made it to their pictures on time... since I slowly got behind schedule as I did the whole group. (The two mothers weren't initially factored into the plan).
- Doing my own makeup & hair in advance so only touch-ups were needed for myself. The wedding got underway about a half hour after I got done with Katie, so I pretty much had to throw on my dress & go!
What I'd do differently...
- Allow for more time per person. While 30 minutes was pretty much fine for the makeup application- I could've used an extra 5 minutes in between to allow more time for brush cleaning, sanitizing, and re-organizing stuff.
- Have an assistant (at least when doing lots of people's makeup). I probably could keep the times the same if I just had another set of hands helping with the brush cleaning, etc. I also would've liked for pictures or video to be taken during the process, and an assistant could've helped with that.
- Bring a stool... everyone sat in a typical chair which put a strain on my back as I leaned over each one. Getting the girls more on eye-level with me would've been nice.
- Handed out my business cards with my websites on there... I had them with me but totally forgot to give them to the girls!
Well, that pretty much sums it up! Thanks for taking the time to read this! I have so much respect for the makeup artists out there who do tons of makeup like this on a regular basis. There are so many little details to think about, but it is truly fulfilling when a beautiful face is smiling back at you, excited about the way they look and feel! :)