Back in March, I spent a brief amount of time looking into pricing makeup artists. Considering we had found a florist that cost significantly less than we thought it would, and my hair would cost less than I thought it would, I thought maybe with some creative googling, I could find a makeup artist.
Well, no such luck. I'm just painfully cheap when it comes to having somebody else put stuff on my face. $20 seemed like a lot to spend, so $75 was out of the question. So I did the next logical thing - I emailed my bridesmaid, L. L. used to do my hair and makeup for college events, and it always looked good. L. promised to do my (and anybody else's) makeup and also come makeup shopping with me. We made a quick trip to Ulta and talked about style, and she recommended I look into foundations, etc. and see what would work well for my hyper-sensitive skin, and we would go back in the summertime.
On Sunday morning, we went out to take our e-pics and my bridesmaids had spent the night the night before because my graduation party was on Sunday after the pictures. Right before we left, I remembered I wasn't wearing any makeup, and dumped the entire contents* of the makeup into L.'s lap and said "pretty me now!!! please!!!!" L. got to work and ten minutes later, I looked like this:
L. explained to Kiersten and Mark's sister that when I do my own makeup, particularly eye makeup, especially eye liner, I look, well, cheap. Having done my own makeup for my cousin's wedding last weekend, she's totally right. When L. did my makeup though, I felt gorgeous all day. I felt seriously pretty - which is how I want to feel on our wedding day, so I'm thrilled that she can do that.
The lessons I took away from this, which I will continue practicing in the meantime, are that white eyeshadow is key and should go in the corner of your eyes, and that eyeliner should be applied to the outside corner of your eyes and smudged by somebody who isn't a klutz. Oh - and smile, then apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. It looks way better than my trying-to-follow-my-cheekbones method.
We're going to go shopping for new makeup soon, so does anybody have recommendations for lightweight but long-lasting foundation that doesn't make your skin break out? Also, for anybody who is having a bridesmaid do their makeup, any suggestions for sequencing? I'm thinking that my sister and L. will go first for hair, and do their makeup while I get my hair done, and then L. will do my makeup while the other two BMs get their hair done. Can the other two bridesmaids do makeup first and then get their hair done? Because that might work too....
*one foundation, one blush, some finishing powder, four eye shadows, a mascara, and some eyeliner. Oh, and a brush. To which L. said, "uh, we're getting you new brushes. This is crap."