Here you’ll find a number of frequently asked questions about my services and offerings. I tried to include a variety of FAQs, but if you still have questions after going through the list, please get in touch directly and I’ll answer any questions you have. I am happy to hear from you, and would love to work together.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
My online booking site shows my availability. Due to professional opportunities my schedule is flexible. If you need a time that is not shown when you try to book online, please feel free to contact me because I may be able to work something out or there could be an error. It may be that I have not updated my availability once returning from a work trip, etc.
2. WHY DO I NEED A MAKEUP ARTIST?
There are many reasons for hiring a makeup artist. The main reasons are:
To complete your look and outfit.
To stay up to date on the latest makeup and fashion trends.
To gain access to the top products currently used in the industry.
To relieve stress on the day of your special event or photoshoot.
3. BESIDES WEDDING AND GLAMOUR SHOTS, WHAT ARE OTHER REASONS AN INDIVIDUAL OR COMPANY CONTACT AMARI B. STUDIOS FOR SERVICES?
Editorial Photoshoots, TV, Commercials, Film, Model Photoshoots, Fashion Shows, Music Videos, Funeral Services, Facials, Full Body Waxing Services, Corporate Events-Headshots, Individual Makeup Sessions, Group Classes (In Person or Virtually), Speaking Engagements, Live Demonstrations, Etc.
4. DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes, for an additional fee. I only travel for parties of 6 or more. Payment for services and travel must be made, in full, two weeks in advance. Additional fees such as hotel, per diem for meals (unless other arrangements are made) and additional makeup artist fees may be required depending on the number of people in your party.
5. DO YOU WORK ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS?
Yes, for an additional $50 fee which is in addition to the service fee amount/per person.
6. DO YOU DO EARLY MORNING APPOINTMENTS BEFORE BUSINESS HOURS?
Yes, for an additional $50 fee which is in addition to the service fee amount/per person.
7. WHAT TYPE OF MAKEUP PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?
Depending on the circumstance or event I use an array of products such as:
For clients who will be interacting both in person and on camera, I use specialty foundations and powders that exactly match skin tone and provide a flawless finish that looks impeccable, both in person and on camera.
I use high-definition foundation, powders, and contouring products for people appearing only on camera. I also research and curate the best products from top health-conscious makeup brands to ensure that I have top-shelf, safe products in my makeup kit—products that have been tried and tested and are trusted by professional makeup artists.
I carry products not only for special events, but for everyday makeup wearers, health-conscious individuals who are interested in safer products, people with allergies and sensitivities, and vegans.
8. DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
Yes, a 50% deposit is required to book any service.
9. WHEN IS THE DEPOSIT DUE? IS IT REFUNDABLE?
This deposit is non-refundable and must be paid in advance to reserve your date and time. This amount will be applied towards your total due. If you cancel within the 24 hours prior to your appointment you can reschedule to a new date or transfer your appointment to someone else. You have 30 days to do so, after which the deposit is forfeited.
10. WHAT IS YOUR CANCELATION POLICY?
Please cancel at least 24 hours before your appointment otherwise you are responsible for 100% of the remaining balance. If there was a card used to book the appointment, then it will be charged. Payment is expected via cashapp, cash, or credit card if the card on file does not work or was not saved at the time of booking. If payment is not made future appointments will not be granted.
11. WHAT IS YOUR LATE POLICY?
IF MORE THAN 10 MINUTES LATE APPOINTMENT MAY BE CANCELED AND DEPOSIT IS FORFEITED.THERE IS ALSO A LATE FEE OF $10 ADDED TO FINAL BALANCE FOR BEING LATE.AT 20 MINUTES LATE YOUR APPOINTMENT COULD BE CANCELED, AT MY DISCRETION, AND THE DEPOSIT IS FORFEITED.
12. DO YOU DO HAIR OR KNOW ANYONE WHO DOES?
I have staff that does light hair styling, making sure that hair is in place for photos and video. For boudoir and glamour portraits only, she applies basic hair volumizing techniques. I maintain a list of hair stylists—many of whom I contract or work with on a regular basis—and can provide referrals, as requested. Please note that most of the hair stylists I work with do separate contracts.
13. ARE YOU ABLE TO SERVICE CLIENTS OF DIFFERENT ETHNICITIES OR DIFFERENT CULTURES?
Yes, all my staff are qualified in multi-cultural skin tones.
14. ARE FALSE LASHES NECESSARY? CAN I OPT OUT OF USING THEM?
Yes, because it’s a vital finishing accessory to my makeup package. I customize lashes for your eye shape, choosing the right volume and length that works best with the whole complete makeover look. We would have to discuss your overall makeover on a case-by-case scenario to opt out. Eyelashes can be as natural as your own lashes, and no one would ever guess you have them. They are highly recommended for maximizing the optimal makeup look.
15. DO I NEED FULL MAKEUP IN ORDER TO HAVE A MORE NATURAL LOOK?
It may sound like too much makeup, but don’t worry, it’s not so! For event makeup there is only one makeup option that is called “full application”. It can be either natural or bold to match your preference. People often confuse Natural and Glam makeup application when the process is the same, it is the color choices that determine the look. For example, people often confuse Natural Makeup with simply using Neutral or Nude Colors. Natural makeup doesn’t mean faster or easier application. A no-makeup look can even be more complex because it requires very precise work.
16. CAN I BOOK PARTIAL MAKEUP SERVICES? JUST EYES OR JUST FACE MAKEUP?
Unfortunately, I don’t book partial makeup services. It is only a full application that can guarantee the most flawless result. However, “full” makeup doesn’t mean heavy or bold. Even if you are a little skeptical about foundation, we can always go with very light and sheer coverage. But it’s still a very important step to even out your skin tone.
17. CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE A LARGE WEDDING PARTY?
Absolutely! If your bridal party is 6 or more, I will bring an additional artist that I’ve personally trained or worked with. I also have great assistants who accompany me to most weddings regardless of size. They help me with setup, cleaning and staying on time.
18. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DO MAKEUP?
1 hour to 1 hour and a half
19. I AM HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING, DO YOU TRAVEL?
Definitely! Destinations weddings require an add-on travel package. This will include ground transportation, flight, hotel accommodations and meals. The same will apply to brides more than 1.5 hours away from Little Rock, Arkansas.
20. AT THIS TIME, I’M NOT SURE HOW MANY IN MY BRIDAL PARTY CAN COMMIT TO YOUR SERVICES, CAN I STILL BOOK YOU?
Yes, once I’ve received a deposit for your bridal package, additions to the number in bridal party can be made. How much time is needed in advance of the event to add additional people? Any additions will require payment and schedule accommodations and will be discussed during that time. In the event a request for additional to people, on the day of service, require immediate payment in full prior to services being rendered. Those additions can only be made if time permits and at the discretion of the Artist. I do not travel for less than 6 clients in one setting.
21. DO YOU OFFER A TRIAL/DEMO BEFORE MY WEDDING DATE?
Yes, although it is not required before the wedding date. There is an additional fee of $150, for a trial. It allows us to get to know each other and decide on a look that works best for you. We will discuss wedding colors and makeup choices to compliment those colors. During the trial I will complete two different eye looks, finish the face, pick lash strips, that are suitable for your eye shape, and test lip colors to finalize your look for that special day. Plus, you get a chance to live in the look and think about any adjustments you will want on the wedding day.
22. I HAVE AN IDEA OF THE LOOK I WANT, BUT I’M NOT SURE. CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME OPTIONS DURING THE TRIAL?
My process during the trial begins with us recapping details discussed during our phone consultation. I then create a bridal look that combines your requests with my aesthetic. I usually start off natural and build up the glam as we go.
23. I FOUND SOME INSPIRATION LOOKS ONLINE; CAN YOU MAKE ME LOOK LIKE THAT?
Every artist has their own unique aesthetic and you the client also have your own unique look. Skin tone, facial features, eye shape and bone structure all play a part in how we apply makeup. Therefore, I don’t try to recreate an image but instead take what you like about it and make it work for you. A lot of what you see on social media platforms are heavy applications and edited photos. As an artist I can see when a look is full coverage with lots of powder. To you it might look natural but it’s only natural in color.
24. I HAVE OILY SKIN AND I MAY SWEAT A LOT, WILL THE MAKEUP LAST?
Today’s technology in makeup has come a long way. Combined with technique and specialty products my makeup kits are formulated to hold back the shine and withstand the sweat. Light touch ups may be required it just depends on the individual and severity of their skin condition. I will make suggestions if I feel it is necessary at the time. Remember to use an Oil Control Moisturizer even if you have oily skin because it will assist with reducing the over production of oil in your sebaceous glands. It is a myth that if you have oily skin, you should not use moisturizer and that is far from true!
25. ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED?
No children unless they are being serviced.
26. IS IT OK IF I USE MY CELL PHONE DURING MY SERVICE?
No cell phones please. They are a distraction and slow down the process.
27. IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO DO PRIOR TO MY MAKEUP APPOINTMENT?
Yes, please have excess facial hair removed. This includes brows and lip being waxed. Also exfoliate your face to remove dead skin. All of those factors contribute to smooth skin texture which makes for a smoother, more radiant makeup application. I am an Esthetician so I am able to provide all of those services ahead of time via a scheduled appointment.
28. DO YOU DO LASH EXTENSIONS?
No, but I can refer you to several Professional providers.
29. DO YOU DO MICROBLADING?
No, I do not have a Permanent Makeup License. I can refer you to a Professional provider.