F.A.Q's

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Claudia is based part time in Auckland and part time in Awanui, New Zealand. Please feel welcome to enquire where Claudia will be based on a specific date. Claudia has home studios in Auckland and Awanui where she can take bookings, should you want to come to her.

DO YOU TRAVEL TO LOCATION?
Yes, Claudia is a fully mobile Freelance Makeup Artist. Claudia can travel for any booking (Wedding, Special Event etc.). She covers all of New Zealand and International locations also. Popular International destinations include Fiji, Rarotonga, Samoa and Bali. Claudia will be in Rarotonga in May 2018 - please enquire here.

WHAT DAYS DO YOU TAKE BOOKINGS?
Claudia is available for booking 7 days a week, all year round including all public holidays.

HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING WITH YOU?
Click here to contact Claudia Louis-Marie. Via email, send Claudia any details or questions regarding your booking. You will receive a booking email including your invoice, a Client Service Agreement and any other required information. A deposit is required to secure any booking.

DOES THE MAKEUP APPLIED LAST ALL DAY?
Claudia prides herself on her professional skills. These paired with her use of premium, high end products, will ensure the makeup will last a minimum of 8-10 hours (if not over 12 hours). Please see Claudia's testimonials here.

HOW LONG DOES A MAKEUP SESSION TAKE?
This varies depending on the look you have in mind. Anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. On average a single makeup session takes 60 minutes.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR MAKEUP and EXTENDED MAKEUP SESSIONS?
A CLM Makeup Session runs for a maximum of one hour. Complex Looks such as Glitter Cut Creases, Heavy Spotlights, Glitter Wings etc take up to an hour and a half and therefore fall under a CLM EXTENDED Makeup Session. If you are unsure which service to book please enquire with Claudia here. 

DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO MY FACE BEFORE MY MAKEUP BOOKING?
Please ensure you have no makeup on. Prepare to have a clean face with your daily moisturizer applied unless Claudia has advised otherwise. Makeup always looks best with groomed eyebrows so you may wish to have them professionally groomed prior (Claudia can discuss this with you when booking). Claudia wants you to be comfortable and if this means using your own makeup or skincare at any point, that is fine (Claudia always provides everything needed). Ensure that your moisturiser has an SPF of no more than 15.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I BOOK YOUR FOR MY BRIDAL PARTY ON THE DAY?
The best way to figure out what time you'd be looking at booking for is to work backwards. Start by what time you will be walking out the door - then take an hour off that for the "finished by" time. By letting my know your "finished by" time Claudia will be able to create a schedule for the Bridal Party Makeup. 

WHEN SHOULD WE HAVE MY BRIDAL PARTY MAKEUP FINISHED BY?
Claudia always suggests that makeup be finished at least an hour prior to walking out the door. The last hour can go by very quickly so its nice to enjoy this time getting dressed, having bubbles etc.

WILL I NEED TO TOUCH UP OR NEED MY OWN LIPSTICK OR POWDER?
Claudia will use waterproof/resistant makeup where possible and everything is professionally 'set' to last all day, and it will. You may wish to touch up your lipstick throughout the day or evening. Claudia does not supply touch up makeup for you to take with you for the day/evening so it is highly recommend buying a lipstick/gloss to take with you, as lip colour is generally the only thing that should need touching up with eating and drinking. If you are prone to getting oily/shiny it might be nice to also carry a touch up powder too. For weddings this is usually essential – Claudia can discuss this on your trial date and suggest what is best suited to your skin type and tone.

HOW SOON SHOULD I MAKE A BOOKING?
ASAP, now. Claudia often books every weekend, every month, ahead of every month. Claudia always advises to book as far ahead as possible to ensure your date is available. Claudia takes bookings up to 18 months in advance.

IS A BRIDAL TRIAL NECESSARY?
Yes, absolutely. Booking a Bridal Trial session will insure that you know and love your makeup prior to your wedding. It is the perfect time to experiment with looks you have in mind opposed to being rushed on the day. Having a Trial Session with Claudia behind you, ensures you can sit back and relax on your wedding day, knowing you love the look you created with Claudia. 

It’s recommended that the Bridal Trial is done one month or more prior to the wedding and is a great idea to plan the trial with your hen’s night or dress fitting so you make the most of looking and feeling fabulous.

For other special occasions trials are not required but Claudia is happy to do one if needed. Claudia will of course set aside a time that suits you. Simply inquire with Claudia for non bridal trial session prices.

HOW DOES A BRIDAL TRIAL SESSION RUN?

You can expect that your Bridal Trial Session with Claudia will last 60-90 minutes. When coming to your trial it is really helpful to have researched the style you like and the hair and makeup looks you like to show me photos so Claudia can get the best idea of what you are looking for. If you are completely stuck Claudia will be happy to offer her opinion and give some ideas. Claudia will go over your ideas and looks you are envisioning for your wedding day.

Once decided, the detailed makeup application begins with Claudia talking you through the session, you being able to tweak and make any changes you'd like, whilst not exceeding the booking time limit.

Claudia documents the entire session to use for your wedding day, through a comprehensive face chart, notes and photos. Trial sessions can also include trials for any other bridal party member. If you decide on another makeup look and wish to do a re trial Claudia charges the same cost again. 

WHAT DOES YOUR MAKEUP APPLICATION INCLUDE?
Primer, foundation, concealing & correcting, setting powder, contouring, highlighting, blush, brows, eyeliner, mascara, false lashes and lipstick. This can always be modified to suit personal preferences.

DO YOU WORK WITH ASSISTANTS FOR LARGER EVENTS/WEDDINGS?
Yes if your event requires an extra hand Claudia will arrange an assistant who is fully qualified and experienced.

I HAVEN'T RECEIVED A REPLY FROM YOU YET REGARDING MY BOOKING ENQUIRY - SHOULD I EMAIL AGAIN?
No. Claudia replies to every single enquiry from oldest to most recent. By sending another email your enquiry will be bumped to the beginning and seen last. Please always allow at least 72 hours for a reply - Claudia will always get back to you as quickly as possible. Most replies are sent within 48 hours. 

 

For any other inquiries please contact:

Claudia Louis-Marie | Makeup Artist