I've been stumbling with writing on this topic for sometime. I think that some people might find it as though I'm trying to convince future clients of my services or expect them not to question me and what I do at all. That is not the case. I love questions. I love when someone is fascinated with what I do, why I do it, where I got my education, what's in my kit, etc. So due to insightful conversations I've had with all sorts of women, I wanted to propose my own question; What type of investment are you willing to make for yourself on one of the most important days of your life?
I come across so many wonderful, beautiful and just plain different personalities. Some women like a lot of makeup and wear it regularly, some never wear makeup and don't have any interest in learning how to apply it. Some just don't want to spend the time on themselves which is totally fine. That is me Monday-Friday. When women ask me about my pricing or have a conversation surrounding it, I get ranges from, "Wow you're so reasonable!" to "That is out of my budget." or "I would never pay someone THAT MUCH money just to do my makeup." To each their own. I'm not going to sit there are persuade one person that I am worth it if they don't already see that for themselves in my work that I post. But this is the ONE place where I can have an open conversation with those that feel what I do isn't worth it and is essentially a pointless service.
What makeup artists do isn't something that anyone can do. For those of you that have said, "I am seriously just makeup challenged. I've tried to contour myself or give myself a cat eye and it always looks stupid and uneven." If you have a hard time creating looks on your own face, the face that you see EVERY SINGLE DAY, what makes you think that just ANYBODY on the street can do it for you? First and foremost, makeup is an art. At the end of the day, your face is a blank canvas for a makeup artist. Not everyone can create straight lines. Not everyone can recognize the color wheel and know what color is best for you. Blending and shading is part of all forms of art. So to that I say, how much are you willing to pay for someone to recognize your best qualities and accentuate them, or take your worst qualities and straighten them out? What is it worth to you, to have someone recognize that you have hooded, close set, blue eyes that can make your eyes look bigger, farther apart and bluer just by correctly applying eyeshadow? This is just a small example of the things we as artists recognize, that others simply do not.
I've also had people ask me what the difference is between what I do and what someone at a makeup counter does at any mall. The difference is that, not all of the makeup counters require their employees to attend a makeup school. MAC has a school that is great. But at the end of the day, these employees are there to SELL the brand. They aren't invested in you and they are not going to come to you on location. Another thing I don't like is that their kit is limited to their brand and their brand only. To me, that just seems insane. I am a firm believer that each brand has something that is unique and different to it's brand that makes it exceptional. For example, MAC eyeshadows have a reputation for being the best, Makeup Forever has an amazing line of HD Foundation, NARS is known for their amazing blush. When you're limited to only ONE brand, to me, you are not getting the best there is to offer. You are getting a possibly uneducated sales rep, using their line that they work for and trying to get you to buy a lipstick to touch up for the rest of the night.
Any makeup artist that is worth your time will have multiple things. They will have a secure contract for you to sign and place a deposit on. They will have a high end kit that contains only the best makeup that they have tested themselves. (MOST kits will contain 90% high end brands. You get what you pay for.) They will provide a sanitary work space and prove their sanitation of their products as well as their brushes. They will ask you questions. Every person has different skin and not one product works the same on everyone. They should be knowledgeable on temperatures of light and how they can contort colors into looking different shades. (Have you ever got ready in your bathroom looking amazing and then walked outside into pure daylight and realized your makeup is 3 shades too dark from your jaw to your neck?) There are so many things I could touch on but these are the most important things to me.
What you're actually paying for when you hire a professional makeup artist is simply security. There is no other word I would use to describe it. You have peace of mind knowing that you hired a professional that will show up on time (not cancel on you for any reason other than by acts of God), bring their entire kit of professional makeup (possibly their light system as well) to YOU, will make you look EXACTLY how you want to look, will guide you in the direction of what will look best for your skin tone, face shape, eye shape, color correct you, and will provide a makeup application that will last through the tears, sweat, weather related problems, hugging/rubbing on people and crazy dancing that is sure to take place. I wonder all the time WHY a bride WOULD NOT get a makeup artist when they are paying thousands of dollars for a photographer/videographer to record the whole day. WHY wouldn't you WANT that security of knowing that your makeup is HD compatible and will not look tear streaked or creasing/sliding off your face in the pictures you paid thousands of dollars to have? You can't repeat the day. There are no do-overs for your wedding. You will have these pictures to look back on forever.
I truly hope that whoever reads this that may have been on the fence, will appreciate the work that we do and recognize that QUALITY work is NOT cheap. BUDGET for this type of service. I promise you will get what you pay for every.single.time.
In case you didn't see my IG post or unforgivably long snap chat story regarding the new products I'm trying, here they are in all their glory!
Natasha Denona is a world renowned makeup artist currently located in Israel. In 2002 and 2006 Natasha was elected Makeup Artist of the Year in the Oscars of the Israeli Fashion World. After winning these awards, she opened up her own makeup academy to teach other MUA's her techniques. She then went on to her most recent project; creating the Natasha Denona Makeup Line. From what I can see, it is currently only being sold directly from her website and not through other retailers. I always find it scary to purchase things without being able to touch or smell the product but the reviews I've seen have been nothing short of fantastic so I took my chances.
Products I purchased:
Face Glow Foundation in 02
Face Glow Cream Shimmer in 01 Light.
All Over Glow Shimmer Powder in 01.
Body Glow in 01
Single Eyeshadow in Moonstone
Mascara Tool (not sure of the actual name but you'll see it!)
The Face Glow Foundation in 02 is pretty close to my skin tone. It's a little more beige than I prefer but had I done the 03, it probably would have been too dark. I wore this alone yesterday and initially the smell caught me off guard but it does go away (HUGE for me!). It melted into my skin and left this dewy, supple skin look after I applied it with my beauty blender! Throughout the day, I did get a little bit oily but the product itself held up well. The coverage is what I consider a "low medium". One layer was good for me so I didn't try to build it up at all. You would really need to let it dry before going in for a second layer. Overall, loved it's performance. Today I mixed it with my baby (Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation) and for me, this is dead on the perfect coverage with a subtle glow. I'll be doing this A LOT. <3
The Face Glow Cream Shimmer... sooooo beautiful BUT, you need to be careful with the application. The foundation was dewy, this is like 100 times more dewy than that. Work in sections and start small. I can't even put into words how beautiful the dewy glow was. It's like the glow you wish you had when you wake up in the morning with a little suntan. I don't know. It's beautiful and destroys the Benefit Glow highlighter.
All Over Glow Shimmer Powder. If you're looking to really STROBE (hate this word) but seriously if you want to GLOW, THIS is your baby. Period. End of discussion. I have tried Too Faced Snow Bunny and Candlelight, NARS Albatross, BECCA shimmering skin in Opal and Moonstone... NOTHING, NOT ONE of those can even COMPETE with the quality and shimmer of this. Especially when placed on top of the Glow Cream. Done. RIP to all other highlighters. This is subtle without looking like a sparkle face and doesn't make you look oily. It is truly a LIT from within highlighter.
Body Glow. So I'm not going to lie, I only put some of this on my forearm to test it out. The only other product I can compare it to is the TANtilizer by Lorac and this just makes the TANtilizer look like a Jergen's cream. It is water and transfer resistant and gave off such a beautiful, subtle glow. I would kill to put this on the collarbones and shoulders of a bride after making her glow in the face with the other products. The whole GLOW line was just so well thought out and the quality is insane.
The Single Eyeshadow. I'm so pissed I didn't buy a palette. I know EXACTLY what I will be saving for. The swatch of this was seriously stupid. I used zero primer and did one swipe on my finger to transfer it to my wrist. I've never seen anything like this. The color and the pigment can't be compared to anything. I thought Makeup Geek's pigment transfer was incredible... this is somehow even better. I can't wait to save up for her palettes.
The Mascara Tool. This little number was mostly just for my kit. I'm so sick of using my business cards on my clients to block the mascara from hitting their fresh eye shadow applications so this is my new life saver. It's curved to sit on the eyelid and allows you to separate the lashes against it. Very nifty device that will be using A LOT in my world.
In conclusion, I can honestly say I've never purchased so much from one brand and loved EVERY SINGLE THING that I got. The Glow Line is incredible, it's like the Ronda Rousey of highlighting. Nothing can beat it. The eye shadows are something of my wildest dreams. Yesterday I wore the foundation, glow cream and shimmer powder (amongst other things) and a woman from work walked into my office and was like, "Wow! Don't you just look so refreshed today!" Boom!! Who doesn't like looking awake?! She also has this Black Eye Shadow line that looks like the best thing in the world. I have some pictures I'm going to post but truly it doesn't do it justice. When the "glow" hits the light it is the most incredible thing you will see. If you don't believe me, check out @ashglamour_makeup @babsbeauty_ @nikkietutorials @desimakeup and @dressyourface on their review of some of the products they have tried! I have a feeling that Natasha will be very busy and expanding in the next year!
Until next time.. probably soon because makeup is life ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Is this thing on??
In order to feel a little more connected to those that look on the website (bless your heart), I've decided to make it a little more personal. Who doesn't like getting an idea of who they might be working with?! I mean, if I could pick who checks out my groceries at the store based on a personality profile, average time and accuracy of product to bag ratio, I probably would. So here is where the madness will be. I hope to put all sorts of good stuff retaining to makeup products I'm testing, staples in my kit, articles related to weddings and makeup... you know. The good stuff. Looking forward to this new connection with you all!
Talk to you soon.. literally. You can comment too! Love to hear from you! :)