Post # 1
So I went for a trial at the hotel I am having my reception as I am getting ready there in the morning and they have a spa. if I like the trial then I don’t have to pay for the trial but if I don’t like it I pay £35 and have till tonight to decide, so I thought give it a go. I said to my FI I was unsure as I can’t use mineral makeup as it makes my skin dry and pitted in areas, so I went anyway not knowing what makeup they use (forgot to ask) it was mineral and like I thought my pores and wrinkles are more visible and it looks like I have orange peel cheeks! It is nicer in the photos I took but up close it looks awful. I know I have a big nose but something is making it look like its more crooked and just off made me giggle and then think gosh I hate my nose! Oh i did like my lip colour. Also now I think I look a little shiny in places too.
Now there is another lady who will do my makeup and hair and she said she uses mac makeup or airbrushing. I am not sure because of the dry skin but airbrushing is lighter coverage. She also said she would use my own foundation if I wasn’t happy with hers so she will do a couple of different looks. Today was only one look. This other lady is more expensive and I can’t have a trial before I book, I have to book her and she then does the trial. She also does hair. I don’t mind paying but it would cost the bridesmaids more. (I bought the dresses so not paying hair and makeup) I guess they could use the spa makeup ladies instead though? Also I don’t think I do a bad job with makeup and maybe I should do my own? I will include today’s trial and then a pic of when I did my makeup for a summer ball, and see what I mean though I know it’s hard to see in the pics the actual state of the foundation. I apologise for big pictures.
This is the trial I had and in the pics it looks nicer but it is bad up close. I like natural and I said natural! Also in most spas the lighting is so bad and orange so I now look orange too!
Excuse the odd smirk I was thinking that I look just ridiculous with the makeup.
I did my own makeup for these two events and think it stands out enough? But if the other lady can use my foundation and then sort my eyes it could work? A friend said I ought to have more on to stand out in pictures and things but I feel it is way over the top.
Should I use the more expensive lady who can use my products if I need her too buy she can make my eyes look pretty and she can do my hair also?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@redbootz: Your makeup looks a bit caked on in the first two pics IMO. I think your eyes look nice.
How ridiculous that you have to pay if you DON’T like the makeup?!
I like the DIY makeup in the first pic you posted, but the second is too blue to really see detail.
Post # 4
Sorry you had a bad trial. They clearly didn’t listen to you.
TBH, the makeup you did yourself is much better than what they did at the trial.
Post # 5
The foundation looks really heavy and cakey to me. Like you said, maybe she can just use the kind you typically use and it’ll turn out better.
I think the eyes are really underwhelming and it doesn’t look like a makeup artist did them, IMO. Overall I think your makeup looked much better when you did it yourself!
If I were you I think I would either just do it myself or go with the other lady. From the trial I don’t think she seems worth paying for :-/
Post # 6
What kind of professional uses mineral makeup? I use that at home, but most pros don’t use that because it doesn’t look good in pictures — light bounces off of it and makes it look weird with a flash.
The pictures where you did your own look much better. I would look into getting a trial with the lady who does airbrush makeup. That stuff is amazing.
Post # 7
@redbootz: I agree with other posters that you look better in the makeup you did yourself. I think in the first 2 pics it looks like you have a lot of matte powder over the top of your foundation and it looks just overall too thick. It looks like you need more blush and contouring of the cheeks and it looks like the liner is off on the bottom. Also it looks like she didn’t touch up your brows or anything.
Personally I wouldn’t use this makeup artist…..I think your pics are a ton better of the makeup you did yourself!! I would go with the more expensive lady if I were you!
Post # 8
@adoc86: +1, exactly this.
Post # 9
I agree that the foundation is way to heavy and looks very caked on. Your own makeup was much nicer. I’d either go with the other lady or do your own. Have you considered having a free trial at somewhere like Debenhams? Only I went to the Clinique counter there, had a trial (with my daughter in law who was doing my wedding makeup) and she did a beautiful job. I’ve also got dry skin that easily looks “cakey” with too heavy a foundation.
Post # 10
I definitely agree that the makeup from yuor trial looks very cakey – it’s quite obvious on your skin, and I think that it should look a lot more natural.
The looks you did yourself look nice! BUT, I think it could be really stressful doing your own makeup on the wedding day – I thought about doing my own, and have decided against it. I don’t want to stress about getting it perfect, there will be enough nerves going on that day without worrying about doing my own makeup! LOL
Post # 11
I agree with PP, it looks very caked on and IMO, the make-up you did looks 10x better! Sorry you had a bad experience 🙁
Post # 12
@strawbabies: I had my reservations about going I never trust spa makeup because I always think the lighting is so bad. when she finished I didn’t know what to say. I honestly got back in the car and wanted to laugh it was that bad. I also have a bit of fuzz on my face which is blonde and I am used to it and when I do my makeup it doesn’t show but I think with all the makeup she put on you can notice I have a lot of fuzz. I don’t think she was a makeup artist. The lady I will now book with is a makeup artist she recently won an award for this part of the country which is why she is so expensive but I think worth it. I didn’t want my bridesmaids to pay a lot but I don’t think they should use this place now either. I may put towards the cost for them like the deposit. I have never used airbrush makeup does it last? My wedding is essentially 12 hours long but I guess by the end of the night I won’t be worried.
Post # 13
@Baroness_Meg: Yep I definitely don’t want the stress of doing my own makeup and not only incase I stuff it up but I am so clumsy and can imagine myself spilling products everywhere. I want to relax and know it will look good. I will be calling up and paying my £35 and saying i don’t like it and book the other lady.
Post # 14
I would go with doing your makeup yourself, you know what works on your skin and what is flattering more then the person who did your makeup in the first 2 photos. Or maybe try the other person out. That’s the point of the trial, to test out what works and what doesn’t. 🙂 Sucks to have to pay for something you don’t like though, especially when they didn’t list to you.
In the first two:
The foundation is too heavy, you shouldn’t be able to tell you’re wearing anything. I can tell the person isn’t a pro makeup artist because your eyelashes aren’t even curled. That is what makes your eyes pop…well that and mascara!
The lip colour is nice on you, it might just be the lighting, but it looks like the lipliner in the second photo is showing through…which means it’s too dark for the lipstick, or the lipstick wears off real quick.
Post # 15
@strawbabies: +10 I do not know a single pro here in Dallas using mineral makeup. Or anywhere.
@redbootz: If you are fine with a super natural look, then I suggest doing your own makeup, as it looks like you did a fine job in your other pictures.
Post # 16
@redbootz: yeah, i’m not a fan of the pro makeup. you did a much better job diy. you have some time. i would keep practicing diy.