In this post I mentioned that I had done a trial run with a professional makeup artist, and that the trial had not gone well. I want to be able to demonstrate a) why I did my own makeup and b) why doing a trial run is so important!
I went in for the consultation with this photo as inspiration:
|Katie Holmes for Bobbi Brown, photographed by Michael Thompson and via.|
I had mentioned that I wanted to wear a red lip, but very natural makeup everywhere else, so the makeup artist was working with that information, as well, from the very beginning. We also did a rundown of my normal routine, including my skin type (tends to be dry) and any particular requests (looking dewy).
Now, I am aware that I do not particularly look like Katie Holmes - among many other reasons, my eyes are a fairly different shape. I'm also aware that this is a professional photo that may have been processed before publication, but I basically wanted a little bit of shimmer and definition around my eyes (but no dark eyeshadow above the crease) and a fairly natural glow everywhere else so that the red lipstick wasn't competing with the rest of my face.
The makeup artist used some of my own products (for which I was very grateful, because I understand that it's not the common practice): NARS TM, setting powder, and concealer, and Benefit mascara. Everything else came from the artist's kit, but it was mostly MAC.
Here's how it turned out:
Before adding the lipstick; the makeup artist had put on a pinkish gloss. This looks reasonably close to the inspiration image, I guess...(?), and it was taken quite literally thirty seconds after application. The eye makeup is way heavier than I would ever do on myself, but I assumed initially that it was because I'm not used to being able to clearly see my makeup without my glasses on (I wore my contacts for the trial).
Added the lipstick, changed the angle, and BAM, slutty raccoon.
This is the photo I sent to C. to show him how it turned out. His reaction? "You don't look very enthusiastic."
I wasn't happy with any aspect of this, but it's not entirely the artist's fault. I should have found a photo that was a better representation of how I usually do my own makeup.
That being said, the makeup artist put on so much setting powder, blush, bronzer, and more setting powder that the tinted moisturizer couldn't hold up to the onslaught and turned into a powdery, cakey mess within half an hour. The NARS concealer, which is the creamiest I have ever used and which usually hovers politely on top of my skin, settled into lines I didn't even know I had. The whole shebang then started flaking off my face. Yummy.
I knew that my face was going to have to hold up for at least five hours before the wedding even started, let alone until the dancing began.The coverage of the two spots on my chin lasted all of ten minutes, and the eye makeup was intense. It's the only thing that didn't budge, and it took almost half an hour to get all of it off.
I very politely paid, said thank you very much, and then left, deciding to do it on my own. As it turned out, I had to touch up my lipstick halfway through the night but pretty much everything else was intact by the time I went to take it all off at 3:30am, after the wedding was over.
It was a fairly expensive mistake to have made (seriously, add "wedding" to anything and the price doubles), but I'm glad I did a trial rather than just showing up on the day of.
Bonus photo testing camera flashback. Unfortunately, I could only hold the camera arms-length away, and I had to stick my head inside my closet to get it dark enough, which is why I look like I'm coming to eat your dreams.