How do I go about selecting a make up artist. I have never used one before and have always relied on my models to do their own make up for hygiene reasons.
I am keen on my next shoot to have my willing model body painted in the form of a snake (head, torso and legs). So how do I select a MUA to do that and what are the normal fee expectations – do I pay by the hour, paint used or what ?
Any help, advice or personal references to a MUA that could deliver would be gratefully received.
It really depends on the artist - Body painters fees vary widely from anything from 100 to 10000 per project, depending on who the artist is, the commerical vaule where they are traveling from and the complexity of the design, if pre shoot work is required and if a an assistant artist is also required - At the world body painting competition the designs usually take a artist and their assistant around 6 hours. Whilst some of Craig Tracys pieces have involved an entire team and days of pre planning.
Consider the strength of the artists portfolio, years of experience and references. Each artist will have their own hygiene practices (or lack of them) so ask this too. Good body painters will also have insurance and will be able to show you a copy, they may also be members of professional bodies and trade associations. Not all body painters are MUAs and not all MUAS are great body painters. Some will work with prosthetics also which could possibly enchance the design. You will see that every artist has something they are really good at, such as painting flowers, 3d illsiuons, logos ect.
My favorite artists are these two...