FAQ

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Q: Why do I need to hire a professional makeup artist for my wedding day?

You're hiring a professional for every other aspect of your wedding, right? So, why wouldn't you hire a dedicated makeup professional to make you look and feel your best? When the wedding day is over, the only thing left are the special moments captured by the photographer. You'll want to look your best in your photos and a professional makeup artist will get you there. I make sure your makeup looks timeless, not trendy and lasts throughout every tear, dance and bouquet toss. I take the time to truly customize your look and worth WITH you to get your desired look.

Q: Why does "just makeup" cost so much?

When hiring a professional, services will come at a cost. But, that cost is reflected in the knowledge, experience and professionalism of the person you're hiring. Chances are, the lower the price, the lower the quality you will receive and why would you want to skimp out on one of the biggest days of your life? A professional artist will be insured, protecting both the artist and the client, will have invested in high quality products for their kit and furthering education to stay up to date on makeup application techniques and sanitation.

Q: How far in advance should I book?

The typical timeframe to book your artist is between 8-18 months. The sooner the better is always a good rule of thumb so you can ensure your desired artist who fits your needs has your date open. Forgot to book an artist? Contact me to find out if I have availability in the books for your date! It never hurts to reach out as most professional bridal artists can accommodate more than one booking per day. 

Q: How do I secure a booking?

Bookings are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your date, a signed contract and a retainer fee of 50% of the full amount is required. For any events booked within 4 weeks of the contracted date, the full amount will be due at the time of signing the contract. Inquiries and trials do NOT reserve your date. K Charles Beauty will not notify potential clients who have inquired about another client inquiring about their date. 

Q: Do you provide on-site services?

Yes! I provide all of my bridal services on site to make things as easy as possible on the bride. I typically work in hotels, the wedding venue or client's homes. I am always happy to come to you for your big day! For smaller events such as engagement photos, senior portraits, prom/homecoming or bridal trials, I perform them in my studio.

Q: Do you perform a bridal preview?

Yes! I perform a bridal trial or preview for all of my bridal clients. I want you to feel like you're in good hands and have no worries on the day of your wedding! I typically prefer to book the trial about 30-60 days prior to the wedding date but can do them as early as a client would like. 

I schedule trials for 90 minutes so we can sit down and have a chat about all of your wedding day details while you sip on a cold beverage with a hydrating sheet mask on. I like to discuss everything from the colors, flowers, gown styles, etc that tie into your desired makeup look. I also like to discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities the bride may have so we can work out the kinks before the wedding. 

I ask my clients to come to the trial with some inspiration photos. The best place to look is my portfolio or Instagram or on another artist's site that mirrors my style. My clients are also welcome to bring photos of looks that they DON'T like so I can get a clear picture of your likes and dislikes in a makeup look.

Q: What is your style?

I like to think I've coined the phrase for my style as "glowy and hoe-y"! All jokes aside, I love to create a healthy, youthful glow on the skin. Nothing says blushing bride like a beautiful glow from within. I prefer to use powders sparingly for a majority of my clients unless they have very oily skin...then I let their natural oils do the work for me! One look at my portfolio will show you that my aesthetic is very far from the trendy Insta-Glam look with carved brows, cut crease shadow and bright triangles of concealer. I want your bridal look to be timeless, not trendy.

Q: Do you do bridal party makeup as well?

Sure do! I love working with the bride as well as her party and the mothers (grandma is welcome too!) I require a minimum of Bride + 4 people (or rate equivalent) to book your date. 

Q: Do you provide airbrush foundation?

Yes, I do. I offer both airbrush and traditional as both methods can have the same result and longevity when applied properly. I find that airbrush is more transfer resistant and is my favorite to use on the bride and mothers as they will be doing a majority of the crying and hugging on the wedding day. Contrary to popular belief, airbrush foundation is water resistant but not water proof. If you cry and wipe the makeup, it will move. The best advice is just to dab the tears away!

Q: What if I just want my eyes or just foundation done?

I do not provide partial services. I want your look to be cohesive and professionally done so you and/or your party feel their best on the big day. Full services ensure that you will look your best all day long!

Q: Can you just use my makeup?

I bring everything with me, so all you need to bring is yourself! My professional products are also photography-friendly, so you never have to worry about how your pictures will turn out. My client's safety is of the utmost importance to me so, I follow proper sanitation procedures prior to and during every makeup application. By using only my products, I can ensure the safety of my clients. 

If a legitimate allergy is presented, I do allow the client to bring unopened, new makeup but I do not use any used or open makeup or client's tools such as brushes, etc.

Q: Do you do hair?

I do not provide hair services. Trust me, you wouldn't want me anywhere near your hair so, that's why I stick to what I know best...makeup!

Kate Charles // 920.850.8562 // 103 W College Ave, Suite 308a, Appleton, WI 54911
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