Reading the write-up that was practically about my journey into becoming a certified makeup artist made me reminisce about those days when I couldn’t even distinguish a good makeup job from a bad one! Of course there are really obvious bad makeup jobs when the face turns out to look scarier instead of becoming more beautiful after a makeover. But how can you really tell if the makeup application is still bad when the model, admittedly, looks slightly better after the makeover process?
If you’ve read the article, you’d know by now that when I was just starting to learn how to apply makeup professionally, I would get my yayas as my models. Note that at that time, I already knew the basics of makeup application. So after each makeover, my yayas and their friends would rave about the photos and how lovely they looked in the “after” pictures! Even my own friends would compliment my works! Funny because NOW that I have gained more experience in makeup artistry, I look at those pictures and CRINGE! I did such a bad job but some people still thought it was good work. (But come to think of it, maybe they were just being nice to me?! ha!) Anyway, the point of this post is to help you spot if the makeup artist did a really good job in applying your makeup or not.
And to help you visualize what I am talking about, here are the makeover photos of my Yaya Arlene back when I was just a makeup novice:
Boy was I proud of this one back then! But you see, this is, sadly, a horrible makeup job. And here are the reasons why:
Here’s another one of our yaya of 10 years, Ate Loreta—
This is a funny one with our Yaya Mards. Slightly better than the other two but still very amateurish because I didn’t blend the eyeshadow colors well and I put too much gloss when her lips are full already!
How to spot if your makeup is good or not:
1)EVEN SKIN TONE EVEN WITH FLASH. Take a photo of yourself with the flash on. You should NOT see white dust under your eyes. Your neck should be the same color as your face.
2) NO WHITE GAPS. There should be no white gaps in between the brows. But make sure too that the brows do not look like they were tattooed or heavily drawn. No white gaps for eyeliners as well!
3) PRODUCTS ARE BLENDED WELL. If you look like you were slapped on both cheeks a hundred times over, this means that your blush isn’t blended well. Sometimes, artists contour your nose bridges and jaw lines but make sure they do not leave apparent straight lines or heavy marks on these areas. If you are doing your own makeup, don’t forget to blend, blend, blend!
So now I’ll leave you with makeover photos of my DEAR FRIENDS wherein my makeup application was obviously way better. ;)
Cheers to self-discovery and self-improvement,