After many years working in the world of makeup, I have noticed that over time something pretty special was starting to happen over the last few years.
I remember way back, when I first started doing makeup professionally and getting booked to do weddings, it was mainly about whether or not I was available, if I catered to what they wanted and if they liked what I did. I found that this went for most vendors in the bridal industry. I would get told of a particular style the client wanted, and I would try my best to give them EXACTLY what they wanted, but while still trying to hold onto my OWN style. This is so much harder than you think!
I remember years back when I was a wee lass new to the industry, a lady coming into my work and wanting her makeup done in a way that was 100% suited to her. I'm talking dark blue eyeshadow that she didn't want blended whatsoever, she didn't want a clean fluid line, but a kohl line that was so messy it made my brain hurt, she wanted not only a liquid foundation but also a powder foundation sponged on top, she wanted to be mayor….no PRESIDENT of coverage city!
This was all fine, this was what she did everyday for herself and honestly, each to their own. I don't begrudge anyone for their makeup choices, I find it makes the world a more colourful place, but where she went wrong was that she chose me to do that for her. There were a million things running through my head -
How can I do this?
Why doesn't she just do it herself?
and more importantly...
How can I do this and let her walk out and have my name attached to the look she wanted?
Did I sound precious? ABSOLUTELY! Was I worried about the reputation I would get from maybe future clients? HELL YES! But all I could do at the time was try and replicate exactly what she wanted. I did it, while still trying to hold onto my own STYLE. The result was her grabbing the kohl pencil and mashing it into her own eye trying to hold onto HER STYLE. The problem here was lack of choice of artist and lack of research by the client. But back then it was all about doing what the client wanted.
BUT, we now have a little thing called the internet! This amazing thing I speak of that has been growing over the past few years is called CHOICE. No longer does anyone have to settle for just who's available and no longer do I need to sacrifice my STYLE to just get a client. There is someone for everyone!!
Its so important when choosing vendors for your wedding/event, that you choose the right style. Your style.
Most brides will have noticed an abundance of businesses who cater to all things wedding; photographers, hairstylists, florists, MUAs, videographers, wedding planners etc etc etc! Brides pretty much have a plethora of choices so both her and her groom can get it right and suited to who they are for their special day. Clients need to be aware that most vendors, like myself, are creative souls. We have a vision of your day. I have a vision of my work and how I want it to be. Its up to you to make the right choice so your vision matches our vision. Take your time, look at photos carefully, get the right feedback from the right people who might also have had the same vision. I think its extremely important that clients aren't choosing a vendor and then asking them to change their whole style into something completely different. This will surely end in disaster.
So, for those who want to know my style as a bridal makeup artist, here goes!
I LOVE makeup!! I love a beautiful, full coverage but natural looking foundation with a hint of sheen buffed beautifully into the skin. I love blended eyeshadow, so much so, I have been known to use up to 8 colours on the eyes just to get it perfect. I love lashes, I will very rarely not use false eyelashes, but please note that it will be through gritted teeth! I love brows. I would never let a client walk away with a unibrow but they will be filled in with the appropriate colour and beautifully shaped. I love gel eyeliner. I love lipliner, I love shaping and correcting the lips with a pencil. I love mascara on the bottom lashes (as well as top obviously), it finishes off the look I'm trying to create. I love taking my time, I will probably take between 60 to 90 minutes to do what I do, that isn't going to change. And to finish, I love transforming faces and bringing out your features. You will look different when I am finished with you.
So, thats me in a very small nutshell. These things are destined to change over time as style changes but thats pretty much it. Which begs the question….
Do you like these things?
You don't have to! Its fine! But then think very carefully if you want to book me. You may end up like this if you aren't happy!!
There are soooo many MUA's out there who have developed their own brand and style, which I love. We don't all have to be the same, this gives clients a choice to find someone who fits what they want. So, ladies, be yourself. Vendors, be yourself. The pieces of the puzzle will come together!
The moral of the story is that we all have our own style, and as an ARTIST I have worked particularly hard to develop something that is my own, which I know will keep changing and evolving but its me. It's not makeup applicator, it's makeup ARTIST!
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