Post # 1
I had my hair and make-up trials right before my engagement photos. The hair turned out beautiful, but the make-up turned out less so. I knew it was overdone and the eyebrows were too thick, but figured I could just talk to the make-up artist about putting less on for the wedding. But my mom called me to tell me how awful she thought it was. That not only were the eyebrows too thick, but the foundation was too heavy, the make up was all in the wrong spots, so my nose looked bigger, my eyes smaller, and my checkbones lower. She felt so strongly that she declined to go with me to the salon to even get her hair done.
I seriously have doubts because she is a bit right about everything. But I’m in New York; I won’t be in Arizona for my wedding until the Wed. before my wedding. So I’m not sure how I can find another make-up artist in time. I’m chinese, so I think I’m going to have a similar problem with a lot of affordable make-up artists, because they’re not used to chinese people. I did go through several portfolio a while ago, and din’t find anyone. I do want to have my hair at this salon, so I’ll need a make-up artist who would be willing to travel for only 3 people.
Please let me know if you have any advice. Thank you!!
Fyi here’s one of the engagement photos. I tried to pick on where the studio lights didn’t wash out all the make-up, but please let me know what you think from what you can see. Here’s a "Before photo" with really little make-up
Post # 3
Hi Cyshas, I personally think you look so much prettier in your before photo. Your MU gal should of used a lighter (weight) foundation on you, and all your natural brows need are to be shaped and filled in (not too much though). Hope that helps.
Post # 4
I agree that you are naturally pretty. Have you considered DIY at all? I know it can seem daunting, but perhaps it would be good to get some products and give it a whirl — the worst that can happen is you don’t like the results and wash it off, right? I did my own (see my pics under blogger: Mrs. Plumeria) and I was actually really happy with the results. It wasn’t too stressful at all on that day and I knew I could directly control my look. I would be happy to recommend products if you’d like!
Post # 5
You are such a pretty girl! I think you are right that the makeup was a bit heavy. I wasn’t brave enough to diy my make up but I had some dumb luck in finding a fantastic and reasonably priced makeup artist at my local MAC counter! I’m not a makeup girl but when I wandered in there and left out feeling like America’s Next Top Model I knew I was on to something! I think you should go get some more consultations and be very clear about the look that you would like to go for! Frankly, I think you look good in the before! Just tell your makeup artist to enhance what you got not "make up" her own version of beauty for you!!!
Post # 6
Hi! I have to recommend my makeup artist – David Maderich. He does wonderful work and has tons of experience. Perhaps you can check with him to see how much he would charge for 3 people and travel. http://www.davidmaderich.com
Or – maybe you can go earlier and do more cosmetic counter trials?
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I’m totally not used to putting on any makeup, so I’d be intimidated to go DIY. But I might hang out at the make-up counters and see what I can do.
Thanks for Dvid Maderich. His rates were pretty high on his page though. I was hoping to staying under $100 per person.
I am probably going to get lashes too…I didn’t do those in the trial, but hopefully those aren’t hard for professionals to do…
Post # 8
I agree you are much prettier without the makeup. I think you should try to do it yourself (with a couple trial runs). Obviously you can do a good job of a light makeup job – just take that confidence and run with it.
I think the worst is your complexion looks better without makeup than it did with. My highest priority is to have clear glowing skin. That will make anything else you do OK.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone. I think I’m going to try hanging otu at make-up counters and learning something. f i can get away with DIY, then I’ll try. Any suggestions for the "clear glowing skin" look? I usually use bare minerals as a foundation, but my skin can get oily/shiny. I’ve tried a couple shine control powders, but those sometimes make me look chaulky…
Post # 10
I think the photographer was better in the pic without makeup too.
Post # 11
I think that your thicker eyebrows in your "After Pictures" look nice; however, I don’t think that your makeup artist did you justice with your foundation and lack of color. About your brows: I am Chinese too and live in MD, but just went up to NYC to visit my friends and get my brows professionally done at Sania’s Brow Bar! She is amazing!!! She is so nice and completely changed my look. She also teaches you how to pencil in and use brow powder to while the rest of your brows grow out. She charges $55 per sitting, and she says that it takes about 4 sessions 6-8 weeks apart to get your brows to the right shape. I was a little skeptical at first to travel so far and pay so much money for my brows since I have had my brows done by many different people with different techiniques and it all came out the same bad way. I just thought that there was no hope for me to have brows that have a good shape, but after I saw the results, I am definately travelling up to NYC in April for my next appt. So, if you live in NY, this should be no problem for you. In terms of finding makeup ppl to teach you how to do your makeup in NYC, it might be a good idea to try the fancy dept stores in NYC.
After my brow appt, my friends and I went to places like Bergdorf, Saks, etc to have ppl do our makeup. The ppl are more experienced at places like this since they are high end stores, but you have to keep in mind that the price of makeup is not cheap either. I had my makeup done by Linda ( a nice black lady) at the Cle de Peau counter in Saks. She did a great job on me and Asian friends. She is a makeup artist, not a sales person, so she does not work on commission (this means no high pressure sales tactics ) Hope this helps!
Post # 12
Thank you, Aprildawn, I’ll let the phtoographer know, he’ll definitely appreciate the sentiment.
Thanks Stinkyfeet. I’ll look into Saks. I actually started going to another eyebrow lady. And the results seem book so far.
Post # 13
Styla makes a really light tinted moisturizer that doubles as a sheer foundation. You rub it in with your fingers and it disappears. No shine, just a slightly more even complexion. It seems like this would be much better for your foundation than what she used in your trial. Maybe try the Styla counter and ask for this product? Bonus – They also have the best mascara I’ve ever found, no clumps!