I was astonished today. I had to cancel a shoot because of the amount of time the MUA insisted he would need, which was way more than scheduled.
Now, I can't claim to have worked with thousands of MUAs, but I think I've worked with enough to have a feel for how long a simple look should take. So I thought I'd ask you guys.
How long on average would it take you to apply a basic natural look? I stress 'on average' because obviously I appreciate that every model is different and needs different things. Just a basic natural look, nothing fancy.
I'm not going to tell you how long this MUA specified yet, as I don't want to bias the response.
Most of the looks that you are going for take between 20-40 min, either it is a natural basik look or a more extrem sophisticated look. It can go longer if there are any adjustments to be made. A natural look is the one that has to be absolutely perfect and also the one that takes the longest to be created... the more extremes looks (rock, arabic, bright colours) in my opinion require less of time because the smallest details can always be adjusted fast...not the same with a more natural look.
Difficult to answer without seeing the models skin but on the assumption that the model has good clear skin a natural "no make up" make up will take about 20 mins, if the model has any pigmentation issues including red cheeks, undereye circles, birthmarks, spots etc... depending on the amount to be corrected it could take up to 40 minutes for the base to completed perfectly - clean beauty looks need to be perfect, even beginner students shouldn't take more than an hour for this.
from past experiences again dependent on model, 20-40 minutes for something as simple as "bridal makeup" (for a shoot), to about a 1:20 for something involving a little more shaping of the face, but that would also include about 10 minutes briefing and discussing requirements and observations on the day.
Never tried anything O.T.T but planning to this year so I would expect a minimum of perhaps 2 hours for preps, hair, shading, blending etc?
I would never take 20 minutes to do any professional make-up. In my opinion that is not enough time for a very perfect look. Some people think that a clean beauty look is quick and simple, but making sure that the base is absolutley pefect takes time plus any contouring , enhancing eyes, mascara has to be spot on no clumping. If the models skin is good then a little time can be saved but it will still need work as even the most perfect of models skin needs colour correction etc.
If it was just make up then around 40 mins up to an hour for hair... more elaborate looks and hair between and hour to an hour and half. Also depends on the what the shoot is used for as at how perfect the make up and hair is to be.
*To Spikey I have never done a bridal make up in 20 mins and I have 15 years expereince in that. The bride would wonder what she was paying you for, again this make up has to last for hours and hours so a lot of prep work is done with primers etc.before even starting the make up.
I think it's best to take answer from professional MUA's. I suppose everyone is different but most MUA's I have spoken to say similar times.