Let’s face it, a lot of people have a bad makeup story to tell – whether it’s something you’ve done yourself or via a makeup artist. And during my 6+ years of doing makeup I’ve heard a few of them.
We’ve all been through the stage growing up of caking our face with makeup, either a shade or two too light for our skin (gothic phase) or a shade or three darker (wanting to looked tan phase but just looking like an extra from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Below are experiences I’ve heard from past clients which I will not do to you (fingers and all extremities crossed):
Run off with your money – brides have come to meet for me a free consult before booking stating that a friend of a friend’s makeup artist for their wedding, was paid in full and didn’t turn up on the day. I would never do that, that is just unacceptable and gives us hard working artists a bad name. If in the unfortunate event that I wasn’t able to make it (broke my leg, daughter or husband was ill etc..) I would arrange a replacement and if I couldn’t find one I would still turn up. Only once in my career have I not been able to make a booking due to illness. I came down with pneumonia in early 2017 and passed one wedding on to another trusted artist. The bride was so happy that I’d found her someone else, means she didn’t have to stress about finding someone last minute.
Not listen to what you want – I’m not going to give you block brows, red rosy cheeks or make you look like a clown ha ha. I will listen to your vision and look at inspo pictures (remembering you won’t look like the picture) and give my advice and opinion. You have final say at the end of the day.
Explain first off why you won’t look like the photo – many brides come to their consult or trial with pictures from Pinterest, Instagram, google etc of how they want their wedding makeup to be. More often than not that person has a different skin tone, eye and hair colour to them so to put it bluntly, you simply won’t look like that. Filters are often used on these photos (note I NEVER put filters on any of my pictures I take with my phone as that’s misleading in my opinion).
Overdo your brows – brows are very personal but are also needed to frame our face and give definition to our makeup. At your trial I’ll likely recommend some shaping and tidying up (which I don’t do) before your day. Close up photos are going to be on your list I’m sure and you don’t want stray brows being a feature. I do not do block “Instagram” brows, I’m more of a less is more approach. But they will be defined and lightly darkened (if that even makes sense lol) so they look natural and still “you”.
Ugly False Lashes – I don’t use strip lashes anymore on my brides as I prefer to use individual temporary flare lashes which look a lot more natural and be customised to each person’s eye. They stay put and don’t risk coming unstuck in the corners halfway through the night (imagine that!)
There’s probably way more I could write on this, I’m sure many of you have horror stories that you can relate to, feel free to share below xx