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Your Guide to Glam: How To Prepare For Your Makeup Application

So, you've booked your appointment for a makeup application, but you're not really sure what to expect? In this post, I will explain what to expect during your makeup application, along with a few tips to help prepare for your appointment. Please keep in mind, every artist does things differently. This is what you can expect from a service booked with me, or any artist I work with.

A standard makeup application will include the following-

  • Proper Sanitation Procedures: all recommended sanitation methods and precautions are taken prior and throughout your appointment; all tools and makeup products have been properly sanitized according to industry standards. Due to COVID-19, additional sanitary methods have been implemented, including, but not limited to, face mask and gloves. If you have a latex allergy please inform me prior to your appointment.

  • Traditional Hand Application: makeup expertly applied to accentuate your skintone and features using traditional hand application; airbrush available upon request.

  • Highlight & Contour: whether you are looking for a natural, everyday-look or something more glamorous, a variety of brightening and shading techniques will be used to sculpt and perfect your desired look.

  • False Lash Application: false lashes translate beautifully on camera, in photographs and are highly recommended; at no additional charge, a false lash application is included with your service. Latex and non-latex adhesive available.

Now that you know what is included in a standard makeup application, how do you decide what makeup look you are going for? Let me help! If you are unsure of the look your are going for, or maybe you know the type of look you want, but don't know the proper terms to describe the look, no problem! Send pictures! If you're like me, you're already browsing IG and Pinterest for hours. Screenshot those makeup looks and send them over. Since makeup is visual, in many cases it is easier to look at a picture than try explain it. Here are some good examples-

  • Natural Everyday, No-Makeup Makeup: makeup with a focus on skin, extra skincare prep prior to applying makeup, with subtle touches of makeup to enhance your natural beauty

  • Sculpted Natural, Neutral Eye & Bold Lip: without competition, the neutral tones of the eye balance the boldness of the lip color

  • Defined Natural, Bronzed & Glowy: bronze tones emphasize the skin with a touch of glow from within

  • Soft Glam, Soft Smokey Eye & Natural Lip: soft neutral daytime smoke with a lip color to enhance your natural lip tone

  • Dramatic Glam, Bold Eye & Lip: drama on the eyes, with or without a winged-liner and a complementary lip color

  • Evening Glam, Bold Eye & Soft Lip: extra drama on the eyes, paired with a muted lip makes the eyes pop

You've found your look, so how can you prepare for your appointment? Here are a few tips to help get the most out of your appointment. Anticipating a makeup application can be exciting, and many times people have additional beauty services, like facials and/or waxing, done prior to having their makeup application to ensure they look their absolute best. These services are great and recommended, however, you need to ensure you give your skin the proper time to rest and recover.

The week prior to your appointment, you should have any facials and/or waxing done. At minimum, you should have 5-7 days between your facial and makeup appointments to allow for calming of the skin. Any facial waxing should be done 2-3 days before your appointment. At bare minimum, waxing must be done the day before. Makeup does not stick to freshly exfoliated or waxed skin. Also, if there is any irritation or purging of the skin, you will want to give time for your skin to heal or irritation to subside.

Here's how you can prepare for your makeup application, on the day-of your appointment. If your artist is traveling to you for an on-site makeup application, make sure you have enough space for the artist to work. Having a table or counter for the artist to setup on is ideal. Many artists travel with their own chair and lighting, so you don't need to worry about that, but allowing the artist to setup in a room or with abundant daylight is even better!

A few more tips to get the most out of your appointment-

  • Remove last nights makeup residue! Make sure your skin is clean and freshly washed.

  • Wash your hair! Why do I need to wash my hair, if I am having my makeup done? Washing your hair after your makeup can remove the makeup around your hairline, and leave behind a line of demarcation.

  • Wear a button down shirt! After having your makeup (and hair!) done, you don't want to ruin it by pulling a shirt over your head.

  • Eat and brush your teeth! Besides proper hygiene, you don't want to mess up that perfect pout by having to eat and/or brush your teeth after having your makeup done.

That's it! I hope you found this helpful, and you are more confident walking into your glam session! Please let me know if you have any additional questions, and I look forward to working with you.

Talk soon... xo.

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