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I was so pleased to be interviewed for Milieu Magazine's Mind Your Business series.
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For many brides, choosing a makeup artist is a daunting task – on your wedding day, everyone will be looking at you! Most brides want to look like themselves – just a little bit better. But how will you find the right person?
There are a few questions you should ask at your trial or as you are interviewing makeup artists:
1. See the portfolio.
Every artist should have one! When you look through it, evaluate how varied the portfolio is: has the makeup artist worked with lots of different skin tones? Can they do lots of different looks? If you are someone who doesn't wear a lot of makeup, a makeup artist that only has traditional South Asian looks in her portfolio might not be the right fit for you on your wedding day.
2. What does the trial include?
Trials can be “photo-ready” applications, where you can leave and go to your engagement shoot. Other artists will try a few different looks, and might adjust colours and shades to get the right look for you. Some makeup artists include false eyelashes at the trial, others might charge extra. If you have more than one event but only one trial, ask which looks/events the trial covers and how much an extra trial might be.
3. How much does the trial cost, if anything?
There's no hard and fast rule, but in general, in-demand makeup artists will charge for their time and the product they are using. even for a trial. If trials are included in your package price, remember to ask what their policy is if you aren't happy.
4. What should happen at my trial?
Your makeup artist ask you a lot of questions about what your skin is like, how much makeup you wear normally, how you want your wedding makeup to look, what colours you are wearing for your various events, and perhaps even suggest a skin care regime leading up to your big day.
After that is the fun part – you get your makeup done!
5. I want my makeup artist to only use [insert name] products!
Most freelance makeup artists keep products from a few different lines in their kit, because they've been tried and tested under various conditions. For example, during a summer wedding, you might be outside for photos, then inside, then in air conditioning – then outside again. Your makeup artist will have products that will hold up under all of these conditions and still look great on camera.
Lots of makeup artists use a variety of professional lines designed for film/photography, so you may not recognize all the products they use, but that doesn't mean they aren't exactly what you need for your big day!
6. Take photos!
Take photos at the trial, to remember what you liked, and see how it looked. At the end of your trial, you should feel beautiful, but also feel very comfortable in your makeup artist's chair – you'll be spending a lot of time with them during a high-stress portion of your day!
If you leave the trial, and decide you want something adjusted after a few hours, you should always let the makeup artist know.
Remember, the trial is about determining what would make you look best for your wedding. Keep an open line of communication with your artist and you will be amazing on your wedding day.
This article originally appeared on The Big Fat Indian Wedding
1. Don't wash your face as often. These days, in the morning, I'm splashing my face with cold water, unless I have a morning workout. In the evening, consider taking off your makeup with an alcohol-free cleansing cloth - or the less expensive alternative, gentle baby wipes - and then rinsing your face. This will preserve the natural oils your skin produces.
2. If you need to wash/tone/moisturize your face, use products for gentle or sensitive skin. No matter what your skin type, these products won't dry out your skin as much. Look for alcohol-free toners or switch to products like rosewater for a toner. I found rosewater at my local Mediterranean grocery store - it smells amazing too!
3. Use body oils in addition to creams. I have incredibly dry skin, and the -40 C (really!) weather has made it quite bad. I've started using a body oil, and then body lotion on top of that to preserve my skin. I've tried baby oil, and also some Ayurvedic products I found in India, which smell heavenly. I've also been using Bio-Oil to address some skin issues, and decided to try this on my face because of the cold! It has worked really well to keep my skin feeling soft and moisturized in the cold.
Stay warm!! If you have any other tips, please share them!
These products aren't all new for 2013, but they were new to me, and I loved them! You will too! In no particular order, they were:
NARS Illuminating Powder. No girl should be without setting powder, and this one absorbs a lot of oil and gives you a pretty gentle glow. I bought the loose setting powder, but it now comes in a pressed version that is much handier!
YSL Shocking Mascara. I am not a huge believer in expensive mascara, but there was no doubt that this mascara was worth the $36 CAD.
YABY Cosmetics Dramatically Neutral Palette. I'd been lusting after the Yaby eye shadows for a long time, and finally bought two palettes at the IMATS show in Toronto. The eyeshadows have a fantastic creamy texture and last a long time. Definitely worth the price.
Urban Decay's Eye Primer. Its long been a best-seller, but I just tried it, and it is indeed pretty good. It held eyeshadow on my greasy eyelids through a day of work, and through a workout. Not bad!
Makeup Forever's Aqua Cream in Black. This is a cream eye shadow that I use mostly as a gel eye liner. It's waterproof, can be used on your waterline, and because it's designed as an eye shadow, I also use it as a base to build a very smokey eye on.
The heatwave in Ottawa has been intense! I love the heat personally, but makeup just melts off, and the heat is wreaking havoc with my skin, so I still need to wear makeup to work. Summer isn't the time for heavy foundation, so here are some tips to look great in the heat!
1. Mix a drop or two of foundation with your moisturizer to create a "tinted moisturizer" without buying any extra products! This will even out your skintone just enough without looking heavy.
2. If summer has just been wreaking havoc with your skin (as it has with mine) and you still want to wear foundation, try a different brush. Applying foundation with your fingers on your skin, for example, tends to need more product and go on a bit heavier (not to mention, transferring oils from your hands to your face). I find the finish with a standard foundation brush can also be a bit heavy because it needs more product. Try using a dual-fiber stippling brush for a lighter finish.
3. Try waterproof cream eye shadows and liners. These shadows are designed to stand up under intense conditions and in my experience, they do it pretty well. My personal favorites are Makeup Forevers Aqua Cream Shadows and MAC Paint Pots in natural shimmery shades (like Aqua Cream #13 and MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque) but Yves St. Laurent and others also make good products.
4. Use those eye-lip-cheek products on your eyes and cheeks (and lips too). Using the same colour in all three places creates a natural, beachy look, and using just one product on all places saves a ton of time! There are a lot of these on the market, but the NARS multiple remains my all time favourite because it goes on feeling weightless on the skin (which is really important in the summer). Try the NARS multiple in Malibu, Orgasm or my new favourite, Puerto Vallarta.
5. Blot sheets and Translucent Powders are great for reducing shine. Try Makeup Forever's HD Powder, or one of my favourites, Ben Nye's Visage Luxury Poudre in Banana (a very affordable product that I love). Applying translucent powder after your foundation/tinted moisturizer helps to keep it in place, and re-applying translucent powder during the day will reduce the shine. A new favourite is NARS's light reflecting translucent powder - absorbs oil, and reflects just enough light to make you glow
With that, you're ready to hit the beach and still look great! Have a great weekend, lovelies!