Question: A special event is coming up and I expect to be photographed a lot. Should I do the makeup myself or should I engage a professional artist to do it for me?
Answer: If you're someone who doesn't put on makeup on a consistent basis it is highly recommended that you have a makeup artist do it for you.
In this blog, I'm going to explain the difference between Do It Yourself makeup and one done by a makeup artist. As a makeup artist I'd like my clients to know the differences.
The key advantages a professional makeup artist has over others is products ,skill, and experienced judgment. A makeup artist has the required products and tools to do what is required so that your makeup will last. Most of the time, a client doesn't have the necessary products to create the right effect themselves. As a makeup artist, I'm constantly trying out products to select the ones that work best for the job that can amount to a lot of products that is why you see makeup artists with large cases of products to cater for their clients very specific needs.
It's so common to hear clients say that they can never apply foundation the way a professional does or they can never get their eye shadow to stay on throughout the day. A good makeup artist can create dimension by using the right products. More than one foundation color is often used the strategic placement of colors that create depth and highlight is essential in sculpting the clients face so that it doesn't look flat. The makeup should also look light and natural not cakey.
Something that looks simple may not be so simple to do. The au natural look which is so popular today needs more work than what a client thinks. To create the natural look many steps are performed in fact nude looks take skill and time to achieve. Why? It's built on the principles of less is more but to make sure you have enough you need to start with a light hand and keep building and a makeup artist has the ability to do this where a beginner does not.
A makeup artist applies products more precisely and strategically than a client would. For instance, the eyeliner is one of the most important products to ensure you have more defined eyes. Applying eyeliner very closely to the lash line is the key to creating denser looking lashes and more definition. More often than not, a client and makeup novice find it extremely hard to do this step well.
The colors of a beautifully made up face blend in with one another seamlessly. You shouldn't be able to tell where it begins and where it stops. The technique of blending is one that every artist should have mastered and one that makeup newbies have not grasped yet.
Correct and Sculpt:
Can you make my face look slimmer? That's a question I've been asked. Within reason a makeup artist can minimize perceived flaws usually dark circles, spots, redness, and dullness of skin can easily be hidden or corrected with the right products and right application. A face can be made to appear narrower and a double chin disguised. If flaws can't be hidden, distractions can be created by highlighting another feature. The more natural the correction or sculpting or contouring as it's also known the highest skill level is required.
A good makeup artist can see potential in a client. A lot of people are so concerned about perceived flaws such as small eyes or a wide face that they fail to appreciate and highlight their good features. An experienced makeup artist can bring out the neglected asset of clients and in doing so change the way they think about themselves. A makeup artist can help change the client's misconception. There are three examples below that illustrate that.
1) A client might not like a particular style of makeup for example smokey eyes however through a makeup artists work she may come to realize that it is a good look for her.
2) Many people are a little wary about the use of false eyelashes. They aren't everyone's cup of tea. There is type for everyone. In fact, they are a must if the client is going for a photoshoot. A makeup artist can educate a client on the types of lashes that enhance their own.
3) A client who has very thin lips always believed that darker colors are better for them. Not everyone knows or accepts that dark colors on very thin lips actually accentuate it. The makeup artist can show the client a comparison by creating an eye focused look and lighter colored lips which takes away the attention on the lips. No doubt beauty is in the eye of the beholder but a makeup artist can take on the role as an educator in sharing with clients what products are better for her and what are not.
My name is Shelby and I am a free lance make-up artist. I've always been infatuated with make-up. I like what it can do and how it makes a person feel. Make-up can transform a person's appearance and confidence.