Before you get upset, read through this post.
I have previously posted a fantasy image where I had retouched to the point you couldn't see anything the makeup artist had done. Is that fair to the makeup artist? Probably not. But the image worked better retouched than with the straight up makeup. A lot of times with fantasy, the makeup never remains as applied. Retouching takes the forefront and dictates the final product.
With that said, makeup and hair can be a tremendous help for a styled session. You can transform into a glamorous version of yourself with the help of a great makeup artist.
So maybe the question is, should you hire a makeup artist for your session? That would depend upon the type of session you want and is a good reason why it's good to keep your pre-consulation with me. If your session is a fine art session and will bring in a complete environment, your makeup will not show in the image. You will be incorporated into the environment and therefore your makeup is a very small part of the image.
If your session is a glamour session, then by all means hire a makeup artist and hairstylist if you are not comfortable with doing your own makeup and hair. A makeup artist can help tremendously and cut down retouching time. However, retouching is still required with or without a makeup artist. The decision is yours on whether or not to make that investment.
If your session is a fantasy character portrait, again the decision to hire a makeup artist and hair stylist is completely up to you. Portraits will be close up and all about you and your character.
If you are approaching your session as a time for pampering, a makeup artist and hairstylists is an integral part of the experience.
If you choose to hire a makeup artist and hairstylists, it is important to hire one who knows exactly how to do makeup and hair for a photoshoot. For example, they will know not to use UV makeup (it shows as white in the studio lighting). That is just one small piece of what a good makeup artist knows. References are available upon request.
Below are images with and without a makeup artist to demonstrate that no matter your decision, your final images can be artfully crafted.