It's not uncommon for me to turn up to a booking and have a client say to me "I hope you bought your magic wand".
While I would love to possess a magic wand that's impossible and we can only work with the canvas we have in front of us.
Your skin is your canvas and you need to look after it. If you have dry / flaky skin - no amount of foundation or makeup is going to make it look good. The foundation is just going to sit on top of your skin and look caked on and uneven.
You should be moisturising every day and doing a gentle exfoliation once a week - and drink loads of water!
I had a bride come for a trial in the month of November (her wedding was February) - she worked outdoors, was in her early 20's, didn't moisturise and didn't use sunscreen. The makeup we used sat on top of her skin and looked cakey. I advised her to start using sunscreen and moisturising every day to which she said she would try.
Come February I turned up and she excitingly told me she'd been moisturising every day, and it showed, her skin was glowing and was well hydrated. Her wedding makeup looked amazing (you can see it here down the bottom of my trial blog).
And the word "magician" brings me to another topic - edited pictures on the internet.
Clients always show me inspirational images of how they would like their makeup - not taking into consideration that the images on google, Instagram and the likes are usually highly edited.
Filters may have been used to adjust lighting, smooth out skin so it's flawless - which doesn't make our job any easier when a client wants to look "exactly like the picture". To put it bluntly - you aren't going to look like the girl in the picture because that is not you.
The most important thing to remember with your makeup artist is communication! Tell them what you like and don't like. How much coverage do you want? Do you want your freckles covered up? We aren't mind readers either so communication is key.
Most importantly, if you don't like the result - let them know and they will make adjustments - that's what we are there for - to make you look and feel happy! Please don't say you are happy when you aren't.
Hope that wasn't too blunt xxx