Yesterday was a day of style firsts for me. It was my first time in a professional photo shoot, and it was my first time having my makeup applied by a professional. And it’s this latter experience that I wanted to talk about today—going pro with your makeup. What it’s like, some general guidelines, what to ask, and most importantly whether it is worth your money or not.
What it’s like.
It was a little scary (I’m particular about my eyeliner) but it was also super relaxing. It took about 45 minutes for the makeup artist to work her magic, so not knowing what my face would look like for 45 minutes was slightly unnerving. But feeling the gentle touch of her makeup brushes and sponges was super relaxing. She even applied my eyeliner and lashes gently! When I finally saw the finished product I was amazed! My eye makeup was pretty and flawless, and my skin looked great—which was a miracle given my recent acne outbreak! I had never applied pencil to my eyebrows so it was a little surprising for me to look in the mirror and see dark but beautiful brows.
Some general guidelines.
- Your makeup will look best if you are patient and trusting of your cosmetologist. Listen to her directions—look down, close your eyes, look up, etc.—and you will be fine. This can be a little tricky sometimes, especially if you are a blinker.
- Relax! Enjoy having someone else apply your makeup, relaxing your muscles also helps the makeup artist apply the makeup properly.
- Speak up! If you have preferences about makeup let your cosmetologist know, it’s their job to give you a look that you will love, but that is difficult to do if yo don’t communicate what you love to them. It also doesn’t hurt to be friendly and just chat her (or him) up. Maybe they will share some professional tricks with you!
What to ask.
- What are you applying now? Show interest in the process, but don’t be obnoxious.
- What (eye, lip, face) products do you use on yourself? Professionals will definitely have an opinion on what works well, and is worth splurging on.
- What would you recommend for my (skin tone, hair color, eye color, shape, etc.)? Asking their professional opinion never hurts. After all they are the experts and should know how to accentuate your best features and choose colors.
Is it worth the money?
This depends obviously on your budget. But I would say for important or special occasions (or pictures—YES! There are so many different price points too for professional makeup, so check the salons and spas in your local area (if you are in the South Bay, we will be offering makeup services for only $33). If you have the budget to splurge on professional makeup more often go for it, but that doesn’t fit with every girls’ budget or lifestyle. I do think though that every woman should experience it at least once. It’s surprisingly relaxing, and you will surely pick up new tips and tricks to try at home. Oh and seeing yourself professionally made up is certainly a confidence boost :). And we could all use a boost of confidence every now and then.
Have any of you had your makeup professionally done? Or are you a professional makeup artist? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!
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