Makeup Trial: Can't figure out what I don't like

posted 3 months ago in Beauty
Post # 31
689 posts
Busy bee

In your situation, I’d have a list of 2-3 things your MUA should change immediately, and see if she’s able to pull them off or if you should look elsewhere. 

1. A dramatic winged eyeliner

2. More metallic and dramatic eyeshadow

3. Better blending overall (as others suggested, ditch the airbrush – it works great for some skin types, but if you have any kind of dry skin, it can look pretty chalky)

Other changes would be a bolder lip, dramatic false lashes (all the models in your inspo pics have at least one pair of false lashes), a brighter blush, and a highlight contour. 

Post # 32
9860 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

hmbride1 :  get a new MUA for you. It’s not a big deal.

also, look for inspo pics with models who have eyes like you do. See how you can’t see the shadow on your lower lid, and your upper isn’t showing a lot, your eyelid isn’t a big area- that’s why it won’t look like the inspo. 

without a lot of lid, you have to use other techniques to get that look but again, it’s not going to be the same look. That’s why people thought you didn’t have lashes on (I could see them, but I used to do this for a living)

Honestly, now that you’ve posted your pin up look, I could see building on that look for your bridal look. You don’t have to go full pin up theme or hair, do the bold lip and more subtle, fresh- faced look, it looks great on you. 

You could also do a cat eye smoke with pretty neutral lid with a subtle lip, that would be gorgeous on you. You would then do the lower wetline like you like to do. It’s just not going to look like those inspo pics. But it will be gorgeous. 

Example of smoky cat eye eye with no lower lid showing (notice the the eyeshadow is more neutral, heavy liner smoke): 

Another heavy liner cat eye look on someone with no lower lid show, harkening back to 6os Brigitte Bardot look (but this is Claudia Schiffer for guess)






Post # 33
967 posts
Busy bee

I think a couple others have mentioned this, but a few of your inspo pics have metallic/shiny eyeshadow– that’s definitely missing in your trial look! I think that with more dramatic lashes and maybe darker lipstick will fix it.

Post # 34
251 posts
Helper bee

I agree that you need slightly darker brows and the eyeshadow isn’t smoking like your inspiration pictures. She went too light on the shadow and all the pics you like, they all have nun smokey darker eye makeup on. 

Post # 35
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The biggest difference I see is the eyeliner. Your inspo pics and the pics of yourself that you like all have winged liquid liner (except I think the first inspo, but she still has more dramatic eyeliner), but the look from your MUA looks like you just have really subtle pencil or shadow liner on top. I’m also thinking darker brows would help with the glam look. 

Post # 36
13 posts

hmbride1 :  wow, funny that I guessed it! I also think that your engagement pic makeup is better, although, you know, there is also the fact that you WERE happier with it, and it probably shows on your face:). Anyway, yes, the skin looks more full coverage to me so probably the best advice is to ditch the airbrush and go with traditional foundation, that apparently works better on you (It looks like you might have dry skin, I have combination and since I realized I was getting married I started exfoliating and put much more effort on hydration and now heavier foundations look much better on my skin, so maybe you might also want to do that? i want to underline that your skin looks perfect and very beautiful in every picture, so this is not to imply that it needs improving!). The bee suggesting you to build up on the pin-up look has a point, because it suits you a lot, but I think that you could still go with the glam, with thicker eyeliner, full fake eyelashes that are longer at the outer corner, slightly thicker/darker brows. Having a slightly hooded lid, like I have, implies that winged eyeliner is very difficult to draw, and could turn out very differently from the results in your pictures, I know about this because I have it. If you want it, you might want to study by yourself were you have to place the line, with your eyes open, and then ask your MUA to replicate. In my experience I never met a MUA that could draw my line the “right way”, they would follow the line of my mobile lid just to the end, making the eye look down turned. Fake eyelashes help a lot anyway:) you will look great!

Post # 37
86 posts
Worker bee

Hmm.. I’m not a makeup artist but I think you’re right about the brows, they could stand to be filled in some more. Like other posters mentioned, I would go a little more dramatic with the eye makeup (darker and fuller lashes, more smokey eyeshadow with a pop of shimmer in the middle of your lids, etc.) but I would also suggest that she use a gray or dark brown colored liner in your waterline and then use the black eyeliner just under your lashes. That’s just my two cents. Either way, you will look lovely on your wedding day. smile

Post # 38
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Like everyone has said, it’s underdone.

I also gave my original MUA artist a few of the pics you have posted for inspiration, because I usually wear a decent amount of makeup and wanted to be full on glam for the wedding. Her idea of dramatic makeup was to put less on me than I usually wear. I ended up finding another MUA because I just don’t think the other one got what I was looking for. I had also requested blush eyeshadow and she gave me purple and it was extremely dark, go figure. I think you could find a better artist who can give you what you are looking! It is your wedding and it was super important to me to be happy with my makeup!

Post # 39
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I really like the makeup from your engagement shoot. I think something like that with more dramatic eyelashes would be beautiful as a wedding look!

Post # 40
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I think the other issue I’m noticing is that it seems like the blush and lip colour don’t match. Maybe that’s just me – but to me, the cheek colour is very warm, while your lips are quite a cool tone. All your inspo pics seem to have pinky or peachy nude lips, while the lip colour you have is very berry looking to me.

Post # 41
2832 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

hmbride1 :  I think looking at your reference photo you need your eyebrows shaped and penciled in,  thicker eyeliner with extended flick,  less Brown eyeshadow and more pinkish silverfish tones,  a lighter soft pink lip and better light face contours. Plus a creamer foundation for better coverage. 

Hope that helps x 

Post # 42
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I definitely like you’re engagement photo better than your trial. It looks more blended. I would build off of that for your bridal look, and definitely go a lot darker on the eyes. 

Don’t feel bad at all contacting them and expressing your concerns. Tell them what you like and dislike from the trial. If they want to keep your business they should be willing to do a second trial. Don’t settle till your happy!

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