CREATIVE & PHOTOSHOOT MAKEUP | How to prepare for your hair and makeup appointment

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

A question we often get asked is how to prepare the face and hair for a makeup and hair appointment. There is some confusion over which skincare is appropriate before getting makeup applied, and whether to have clean or dirty hair before getting your hair styled.

It's quite important that your hair and skin are prepped properly before your appointment, so we've put together a quick quide to help you prepare for your appointment and get the most out of your time.


If you’re coming to have your hair styled, it’s a good idea to wash your hair the night before your appointment (or anytime earlier the day before as long as it doesn't tend to get oily fast).

This way your precious locks have time to regain their natural oils, making them much easier to control and style properly. It's easier to work on "slept on" hair to naturally avoid little fly aways. Hair shouldn't be too clean for updos either.

When washing hair the night before, shampoo it well with a product suited to your hair type- sulfate-free products are best to avoid adding build-up.

Pay attention to oily zones and really massage into the scalp well to remove dirt, oils and product.

Condition and comb through with a comb to disprese it evenly through to your ends, before rinsing out. If you get a chance and it's not too cold to do so, try using cooler water for your final rinse to really seal the cuticle. You can add a few drops of hair serum here too, once your hair has been towel dried to remove excess moisture.

Air dry your hair, and avoid any products from now until you get your hair styled - chances are you'll be getting a dry style so your stylist won't be washing your hair again- so pelase, NO product. Try to avoid heat tools if you can (blow drying, straightening, curling) as we want oyur hair in it's natural, healthiest state.

If you're unsure, chat to your stylist before your appointment to make sure this is the best course of action for your specific appointment.

Please note: if you plan on having a keratin treatment, it's essential to have it done at least 2-3 weeks before. 


Wherever possible, please arrive with a makeup-free face (moisturiser is fine). Continue your usual skincare routine, but don’t apply any makeup products – we need a blank canvas to create a masterpiece!

If you do have makeup on already, take 5 minutes before you arrive to remove your makeup, clean your face and then apply a good moisturiser and lip balm.

At Killer Queen, we will prep your skin before your makeup with a range of skin care suited to hydrating and smoothing your skin for your makeup application.

Please ensure any skin conditions are disclosed to your makeup artist at least 24 hours in advance so they can prepare accordingly (eg dermatitis/ eczema, psoriasis, very sensitive skin, light sensitivities, very dry or flaking skin, epilepsy, vertigo, allergies, watery eyes, cold sores, scarring, rashes). Most pro makeup artists will be very reticent to apply makeup on anyone that has anything that looks infectious or if it hasn’t been disclosed to them prior, so pleasee bear this in mind. Kit hygeine is of utmost importance to makeup artists, in order not to spread bacteria from client to another we must observe strict hygeiene rules. So please communicate any concerns to your makeup artist prior to your appointment - we won't judge you, be nasty or negative, we just need to know for the health, comfort and safety of you and all our other clients.

Find Inspiration Photos 

This is the fun part! It’s perfectly okay to be unsure of the look you’re after. We undertsand it can be overwhelming, particulary when you don't normally wear makeup or know what suits you.

Finding some inspiration and ideas as a starting point will certainly help! Have a look on the net for images of makeup and hair ideas to show your stylist. Bringing along examples of looks you like and don’t like will help your stylist tremendously. Additionally, it will bring you much closer to a result you’re happy with.

Try to bear in mind that 99% of the images on Pinterest are photoshopped. Instead, try searching "celebrity red carpet makeup looks". Although you may still come across photoshopped images, most of them are real makeup looks accomplished by real professional makeup artists. 

After you’ve found some inspiration and you’re ready for your appointment, remember to come along with an open mind and don't be afraid to ask your stylist questions about how best to achieve and maintain the look you are after.

For an all-round stress-free and aenjoyable experience, try to keep in mind that our priority is to make you feel your very best and to make sure you walk away happy.

We’ll do our best to create an environment where you can sit back, relax, and trust us to create a look that highlights your features and suits your style.

If you’d like to book an hair and makeup appointment at Killer Queen Beauty & Creative for one of our many salon services, we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us easily here.

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0410 127 572

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killer queen creative

coburg north beauty studio

melbourne, AU

EST 2018


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