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Legal Agreement for Makeup Artists: Things to Consider as a Beginner

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As a makeup artist, it is always important to prepare for every possible outcome when you work with clients, new or old. Sure, there are good business days, but there are also bad ones that could put your business in jeopardy.

In these cases, only a legal contract or agreement can help you stay above water.

As a beginner in the makeup industry, drafting your first makeup artist contract can be quite a task. So, we have helped you identify a list of things to consider as you put a legal agreement together for a more professional experience with your clients.

To begin, let’s define what a makeup contract should mean to makeup artists.

What is a makeup artist contract?

A makeup artist contract is an agreement between a freelance makeup artist and the client, signed by both parties, detailing what sort of makeup services they would offer, how long the service would last, where it would occur, what fees would be paid, and lots more information.

A makeup artist contract ensures that the terms and conditions of the services you would offer to the client are clearly stated. It also contains any information you need to know about the client that may impede or affect your ability to provide the necessary services.

Your makeup contract must also include actions that should follow if you fail to meet the client’s expectations or cancel the booking after signing the contract. Makeup artist contracts are legally binding, and so they keep both parties in line and safeguard both of you.

What to include in your makeup artist contract

There are different forms a makeup artist contract can take, especially since there are various types of makeup jobs that you can do. However, there are a few essentials you must never leave out of your contract as you draft it.

If you would prefer to have a pre-drafted contract that you can modify to suit your needs, check out this Bonsai makeup contract template that you can use.

1. Details of the service

As you draft your makeup artist contract, clearly state the service you would provide the client. Here, you should give a full description of the service, the type of makeup you will do, how much it will cost, and how long the service will go on.

Clarify whether or not it is an ongoing service or if it will only occur once for an event.

2. Personal information

Include a field that would collect all forms of personal information of your client necessary to perform an excellent service. For example, it may include their full name, address, phone number, and email.

You may also add a field to collect information about allergies, skin problems, or ailments that can affect your work.

3. Payment information

Outline details of how you would like to be paid and whether it is hourly or a set fee. Also include information about booking and travel expenses (if you would like to be reimbursed for this.)

4. Appointments and delays

Discuss how and where the appointment will take place and what should occur if any of the parties delay the appointment or how much extra will be charged if the client causes an extension of appointment hours.

5. Cancellation clause

Should any of the parties need to cancel an appointment, this clause should clearly state how far ahead either party can cancel or if they are obliged to pay (or refund) a cancellation fee.


It’s easy for clients to take advantage of a newbie to the industry, but a solid makeup artist contract can back you up legally. Use our practical tips to help you draft yours without hassle, or try a makeup artist contract template to speed through easily.

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Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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