- 3 months ago
Ok bees, so I just had my bridal makeup trial done. Annndddd oh boy. To give a bit of background, I’m getting married in about 3 weeks in a forest at a waterfall. It’s a small wedding (30 people). I’m looking for a soft, boho, ethereal sort of look. Think flushed cheeks, subtle glow, neutral lips. Probably in a range of either pinks or warm browns. I sent multiple photos and described my type of skin, features, and what makeup typically works for me.
I love my makeup artist. She’s so personable, kind, and fun to talk to. But my trial was…well I know that bridal makeup is a bit more intense, but I seriously looked like…I don’t even know. I have fuller brows and she overdrew them, created harsh lines at the front, and then created a skinny tail all the way to the corner of my eye. Then she overdrew my lips. The eye makeup wasn’t well blended, she put white shimmer at the corners and over the majority of the eye and then the color at the end of it, and it just seemed like way too much white (which can be harsh on my skin tone). She used mostly peachy orangey colors, which does look good on me, but the blush, lipstick, and eye color combined made me look like a pumpkin. The eye color had too much shimmer in it and it exacterbated my hooded eyes. She lined the waterline in black, which immediately transferred and made my eyes look super small. The false lashes were very dramatic and long and severely cut across instead of wipsy at the ends – which isn’t a problem because we were just trying them, but it really just enhanced the very overdramatic look.
During the trial she was responsive to what I was telling her. We changed the lashes. I let her know that I thought my brows should not have that skinny long tail, and she erased it. I let her know that I like more natural brows without the harsh rectangular cut in the front of the brow, she fixed that. I had her apply more of the color to my eyes to decrease the white shimmer and we added brown to the edges. We removed the matte lipstick and tried a glossier one – though I feel like she still overdrew. Skin was….well it did seem a little cakey but not enough where I feel I need to complain about it especially understanding that bridal makeup is more full coverage. With the changes I suggested it looked a LOT better…but it wasn’t quite right. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong about it and I felt awful all day long about it. Now, after looking at some photos of the trial and some in my normal makeup, I feel like the following changes are needed: blush color needs to be more pink and less orange and more on the apples of my cheeks, the eyebrows need to look like they are made of hair and not of pencil, the lips need to be less overdrawn (though she said it’s just my lip line?). Eye makeup needs to be different colors and just…different. Maybe a smokey brown. And I think individual lashes would be better (she does have that option).
There are so many changes that it’s to the point that I’m wondering if it is smarter to talk to her about all of this and have her pull back and make a lot of changes, possibly with another trial, or just do my makeup myself because she just seems to have a much more dramatic style than I’m going for. If it were just changing colors up it would be one thing, but the way she did my brows and lips seems to be both a bit outdated as well as too dramatic for me. I wonder if she just isn’t going to get what I’m going for. On the other hand, she was responsive to my suggestions, and now that I’ve had one trial done I feel like I can be much more specific about what I’m looking for and provide pics to match. So what should I do?
Here are some examples of what I’m looking for, and barring the first one, it’s what I would send to the MUA.
This person has similar eye color and shape. Hair is similar but mine is more bronzey. I like the lip color here, but not the other colors. She gave me a similar blush color in the trial. I have a lighter skin tone and I feel like the blush showed up way too orangey on me.
This picture is just to illustrate the type of blush placement I’m looking for (more on the apples of cheeks) and the color is more pinkish. The lip color is good.
Her brows, lashes, and a smoky, slightly coppery brown eye that is like this but dialed up a bit more – needs to go up higher. Also, this is basically my hair color and skin is about this light.