Post # 1
I am having a destination wedding and will have to do my hair and makeup myself. I booked a makeup session to have my makeup done for a special event yesterday . The artist was supposed to show me how to do it so I could replicate it for the wedding. I wasn’t completely happy with it and the makeup artist seemed to view the look very differently than I did. I need advice!
I have a very simple everyday look-tinted moisturizer, concealer, blush, gloss, mascara. I wanted a stepped up version that would look nice in photographs, but not be overdone. I have dry skin and like a glowy, natural face but a more dramatic eye. I did love the gel eyeliner she did but had issues with some other parts.
1) the foundation looked too heavy to me. I felt like it was aging, made my skin look dry, and accentuated fine lines I had never noticed before. It did cover up all redness and imperfections. The makeup artist seemed not to see this at all-she said it was the lightest foundation they had, and the only thing lighter was tinted moisturizer, which would not cover up enough.
2) It seemed VERY matte to me. There was a matte beige colored eyeshadow, and my whole face looked very matte. She did not use powder, and used illuminating cream (?) but it looked so flat to me.
3) I have light olive skin. She used peach blush and lip gloss (over lipstick) because she said it would bring out the warmth in my skin. I felt it made me look sallow. I generally use a pinky blush and pink/plum on my lip.
Overall it just did not make me feel pretty. Perhaps it would look good in photographs, but I want to look good in real life too!
i’m sorry this is so long, but does anyone have advice? The makeup artist is considered very good and was recommended by people who I think generally look good. I don’t think she’s bad, but I do think i wasted $100.
Post # 3
I have never heard of peach blush on olive skin as something that works. In my experience, olive skin looks best with plum (dark or light depending on your skin) blush. But I’m not a professional. (I wrote this and then saw where you usually use plum — good for you!)
I’ve also never heard of someone having to pay for a consult. Isn’t it customary that the makeup artist does it for free, and then you decide if you want to employ him/her? I don’t have a lot of experience but that was definitely how I understood it.
Foundation seems unnecessary unless you have a lot of redness. I have lighter skin with yellow undertones (my mom has olive skin; my dad was white as snow) — I usually spot-check with concealer and then do a tinted moisturizer for the other parts and it works out fine in photos.
Maybe go to Macy’s and ask for a consult by one of the artists there? Macy’s always treats me just right. And it’s free!
Post # 4
Did you take any photos of yourself after the makeup trial? I think you’ll find that what looks really heavy in a mirror can look just right in photos.
Also, matte is good! You don’t want too much of a dewy look or shimmery makeup because that will just reflect light in photos.
But if you didn’t feel pretty, that is not good. If I were you, I’d try doing my makeup a bunch of different ways before the wedding, and take photos each time. Hopefully with some trial and error, you’ll find a look you’re comfortable with!
Post # 5
You might do better as other posters said at Macys or Sephora. If you tell them you’re looking for products that last all day for a beach wedding you might be able to find something that you like better. Plus at Sephora you can return anything at any time even if you’ve used it. So you can always take back anything that doesn’t work for you.
Post # 6
I paid for a makeup application. It wasn’t a trial since I won’t actually be using her for a wedding.I did not take any pictures, except later at the party. I understand the matte look might look good in photos but I think it is more important to look good in real life. My skin is dry, so I have literally never looked shiny.
I am not great at applying makeup, so I will definitely have to practice a lot. I may go to a makeup counter at Saks and see what they come up with.
Post # 7
trials/consultations are usually paid or comes attached to the package price~! It’s unfortunate that you didn’t like the look~ Did you communicate with the artist how you truly felt? Did he or she just kept telling you it looks good on you? It sounds like the artist was not very responsive to your concerns…!
Without looking at what you are referring to and looking at the colors, it’s hard to help~ but my advice would still be to go to another professional makeup artist for a makeup lesson. Do you have friends in the area who got married or know of someone? Ask around and see if there’s someone in your area. The thing about going to counters is some SA(sales associates) are also makeup artists (MUA) or estheticians, but some SAs are just SAs and their expertise is to sell you the makeup/skincare products and do not have the expertise you might be looking for.
Post # 8
I have olive skin and either use peach or pink….I also did my own makeup for the big day, I wasted $ on makeup trials too that were worthless. I looked 10 years older than I am! Here are some pics of my wedding, I can share any of the colors I used if you are interested…(Pink on cheeks, lots of browns and golds on eyes, and peachy pink lips!) I also tried the false eyelash thing but couldn’t do it on the day of, they hurt to much, so just used lots of mascara!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! Your makeup looks great LadyJenn. I have olive skin too, but I am much paler than you!
I went to the Saks makeup counter today, to a lady I had bought some things from in the past. She did an amazing job, and really got what i wanted. I bought a few things I didn’t have and am going to practice recreating it. She is going to help me and I can go back to her as much as I need to until i get it down.
She used a tinted moisturizer rather than foundation, and pinks on my cheeks and plum on my lips.