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Brittany Young MUA

Posts: 77

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I usually take as much time as I need depending on the shoot. I recently started offering hairstyling to clients and so I like to research and try out different techniques on my mannequin. How about you guys?

Dec 15 12 10:13 am Link

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Magnolia Beauty

Posts: 56

Summerville, South Carolina, US

I'd say it all depends on the look I am given to do, and the quality of the model's skin. I can do basic makeup looks in 15-20 minutes. For any wild, imaginative looks, i might take up to an hour Depending on the model. Using models I have worked with cuts the time in half for any look. For brides, it takes me 30 minutes - an hour depending on the same variables and if I have done their makeup before (I work with a company that palns weddings for travelers, so i don't usually get a consultation in person) when I started freelancing, set up was a huge part of my time. Now i have everything organized with palletes, clear pouches and craft containers and it has made a huge improvement. No more searching through a bag of eyeshadows/lipsticks/blushes for a color, phew!!

Dec 15 12 11:03 am Link

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Katy G

Posts: 286

Yucaipa, California, US

15ish minutes. I always request to arrive a half hour early when possible though, just so I can get used to my surroundings, scope out the restroom area (if we aren't on location), get the best spot to set up before other H/MU arrives! :p

Dec 15 12 01:29 pm Link

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LC Makeup and Styling

Posts: 90

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Katy Gonzalez wrote:
15ish minutes. I always request to arrive a half hour early when possible though, just so I can get used to my surroundings, scope out the restroom area (if we aren't on location), get the best spot to set up before other H/MU arrives! :p

^This :-)

I always arrive half hour early to set up my work station

Dec 15 12 03:43 pm Link

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Simire MUA

Posts: 91

London, England, United Kingdom

It's variable for me and depends on multiple factors. Some have been mentioned above. The complexity of the look(needs research, practice), practicality of the look (if the model's features does not suit the look then a discussion with the art director is crucial here to discuss expectations and outcomes), location (my limbs especially fingers tend to be less mobile in the freezing cold! So it makes me work slower and become more bitter in spirit than i usually am), punctuality( no amount of pre-shoot prep, early arrival on your part or timely set up can supersede a model's late arrival. If he/she arrives late and my time is therefore significantly shortened then i have to rethink how to cut corners practically and safely in order to achieve my look), model's skin type and skin condition, the time alloted for make up or hair/makeup, suitability of the makeup station, finally prior to prepping for a shoot i carry out a 'pre-confirmation' prep of the model and photog....helps me decide if it is suitable for my port, personalities( especially for TF work. i work best with positive and drama free individuals), professionalism(london is quite small in comparison therefore there is someone who has worked with or knows about the potential team in order to judge the above and the timely arrival of a usable printwork)

Dec 15 12 11:11 pm Link

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inese

Posts: 242

Los Angeles, California, US

15 min, 20 max. But than again I keep my kit to a minimum, very compact with all the essentials and some extra products for the shoot. I have a lot of repeat clients and pretty much know what they like and need already. So that makes it easier. Keep prep time to a minimum.

Dec 22 12 10:55 am Link

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TheMakeupMan

Posts: 3761

Los Angeles, California, US

12 minutes.

Dec 22 12 12:13 pm Link

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ArtistryImage

Posts: 2897

Washington, District of Columbia, US

LC Makeup Artistry wrote:
...I always arrive half hour early to set up my work station...

This... Always nice if the venue is a studio equipped with a table and good lighting...

Albeit now bring everything (chair, table, 5200K lights etc.) just in case...

Dec 24 12 05:58 pm Link