Some insights I gathered from makeup artists.

Yesterday I hosted a class for some Chicago makeup artists. Most of them do bridal work, some do commercial and some do both. After the class, we talked about the industry. Regardless of whether you go to them for advice, your bridal trial, a special event, or as a model doing print work, they all said that good skin care is the first thing you should be doing on a regular basis. No matter how good the makeup artist is, she cannot fix your skin. They can hide some imperfections and do some highlight, contouring, shadow and blush placement and apply colors that work for you that make you look stunning.

Also you need to be realistic in your expectations. If you are not a makeup wearer, don’t bring pictures of Kim K and say you want the natural look—honey, none of Kim K’s make up is natural. Granted, she looks amazing. but there is a lot of makeup on her face, and most, if not all, of her pictures are photoshopped.

Now let’s get to us mature women. Again makeup artists can only do so much– they are not magicians. (I wish they were; I would have one on retainer.) If we older gals have wrinkles, we are going to have them after the makeup is applied. Makeup artists can soften them, make them look less noticeable, hid some of our sagging skin. But don’t get mad at them if you can still see your wrinkles after the makeup application. I think we lose sight of reality: We all want to look like the models and movie stars we see in magazines, but we have to realize they are photoshopped to perfection! This not what real women look like.

We also see all these amazing face-of-the-day selfies posted on Instagram—again, not real life. Most of them are filtered, photoshopped and countless other applications are used to make the picture look perfect. We need to get back to reality and look the best we can with what we have. Makeup does help us look our best. If you are unsure how to apply it or wearing the same makeup you wore in high school or stuck in a makeup look from when we thought we looked fab, go to a professional, get advice, have your make up done, take a class on how to apply it and what to use. I think in the end you will be much happier!

 

 

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