Many of us are guilty of not paying as much attention to our make-up as perhaps we should. From foundation lines and clumping mascara to looking as if we’ve been ‘tangoed’, we’ve probably all had disasters at some point. Most beauty professionals agree that it should enhance your best features and minimise the negative ones; not make you look like a completely different person!
Whether you’ve got a big occasion coming up (such as your wedding) and you want your make-up to be perfect, or you just want to learn about how professionals apply make-up, most beauty salons offer cosmetics application for occasions and make-up lessons.
A woman’s wedding day is often considered the most important day of her life and every bride dreams of a perfect wedding. This includes looking perfect so it makes sense to leave the wedding make-up to the professionals – the risk of a disaster is then far less likely! Not only could the entire day be ruined if the wedding make-up goes wrong, but the wedding photographs will be around to haunt the bride forever!
A pre-wedding consultation is essential. Colours and styles can be discussed and tried until the bride finds her perfect look. It’s all very well having a professional to do the make you up, but the bride won’t be happy unless she feels comfortable with her look, so a ‘rehearsal’ should leave her feeling confident and you could pick up some make-up tips along the way. This will make the actual day of the wedding more relaxing as she’ll know what to expect and won’t be surprised with the finished look.
Brides should allow at least an hour and a half for their appointment. This will be plenty of time to perfect the look and allow for any interruptions. However this may vary with different beauticians so check this in advance!
Some women are lucky enough to be born with a natural creativity which helps them to apply their make-up. Other women spend huge amounts of time studying how others apply it and browsing magazines for inspiration and make-up tips. With enough practice they too can master the application. So what happens to those of us without a natural creativity or time to learn the art of applying cosmetics? The answer’s simple: either we accept our faces will never look like that of a models or we call in the professionals for help.
Beauticians will be able to advise you on the colours that suit you and how to apply all the different products to achieve the best look. It’s amazing the difference applying cosmetics correctly can make – just a foundation can transform your skin from drab and dull to radiant and glowing.
Every person has a different skin tone, eye colour, lip shade, cheekbone structure, face shape and hair colour, and all will be complemented by a different coloured foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, blusher, mascara etc. Unless you know which colours complement your unique appearance, you won’t be making the most of your make-up. All products can also be applied differently too, so there’s a strong possibility that the way you’re applying your cosmetics now could be improved. A beautician will be able to discuss this fully if you book a make-up lesson.
Another trend that is sweeping the UK beauty and make-up stores is to offer makeovers for willing shoppers. This is a great way for them to sell you some of their products while you are in their store, if you are happy with the results of your makeover.
However, this will not always be the best makeover option for you. Going to a professional make-up artist or beautician is likely to leave you with a better makeover which suits your personality, skin type, colouring and budget. This is because make-up artists and beauticians who are not working for a make-up store are more likely to have a choice of different brands and types of make-up and so are more likely to have ones that suit you. Their end goal will always be to make you look your best rather than sell you some of their products and they will be properly trained and know how to look after and enhance your particular skin type.
There are loads of things you can do to make your cosmetics suit you and most tips will be different for each person, but here are a few which apply to everyone:
- Start with a good natural look - Your make-up will only look great if it is applied on a well looked after base. The skin on your face should be clean, free from dead skin and well groomed before you even attempt to apply any cosmetics
- Use a gentle face scrub once a week to keep skin clear from dead skin and dirt
- Invest some time in shaping and plucking your eyebrows. Eyebrows shape your face, and no amount of make-up can do it as well as a good shaped brow. If you are scared to work out your own shape or pluck your eyebrows have a qualified beauty therapist do it for you. It shouldn't be too expensive and it will be well worth it
- Less is more - Don't go overboard on your basics, they are there to enhance your features, not drown them
- Choose colours that complement your skin tone, when buying, try them out and use a mirror to work out what suits you best, which colours make your eyes stand out and enhance your features
- When choosing foundation, go for your natural colour, it is designed to create an even skin tone, not give you a tan. Too dark a colour will create streaks and too light will make you look ill!
- Use a well lit area and a good mirror when applying your make-up
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