1. Come With A CLEAN Face
Many women either forget that their MUA will be applying foundation, don't feel comfortable leaving the house without it, or simply don't realize that they should come to their appointment without any makeup. Speak with your MUA first to get a clear understanding of what she/he wants, but in most cases, a MUA will want to start with a fresh canvas. That means no foundation, no primer, no mascara — nothing! Your MUA will provide all of these things, and will want to apply them for you as part of their complete package.
2. Silence Is Golden
You'll meet, you'll greet, you'll discuss details, and enjoy each other's company. But, when it comes to actual makeup application, there are times when you'll want to sit back and relax — in silence. Your MUA is doing their best to create clean, crisp lines, and nothing is more difficult than applying makeup to a moving face. So, chat first, then while your MUA applies lipstick, and other delicate details like eyeliner and mascara, take a verbal break.
3. But Don't Be Afraid To Speak Up
Your MUA sincerely wants you to be happy. If there is any part of your look that you're unhappy with, let her/he know. Have some patience in the process — things might not look the way you expect in the middle of your makeover, but talk to your MUA about your expectations. If things are clearly going in an unplanned direction, speak up. The last thing either of you wants is to walk away with regret, and the only way to prevent that is clear communication.
4. Make A Mood Board/Look List
Whether you're considering a variety of styles and aren't sure which way to go, or you have your heart set on exactly what you want, making a mood board or look list is a fantastic way to clearly communicate with your MUA about your expectations. When you say, "I want to look like Jennifer Lawrence," you're leaving a pretty wide margin for error. Except, it won't really be an error, because your MUA will be imagining Jennifer Lawrence from the Silver Linings premiere, and you'll be thinking of Jennifer Lawrence from the Catching Fire premiere.
Creating a mood board with images of the looks you envision gives your MUA well-defined guidelines, ensuring you'll get the results you expect. And with Pinterest, making mood boards and look lists is easier than ever. You can email your MUA a link to your board in advance so she/he has time to prepare, and so you can start a conversation about your goals long before the day of.
5. Don't Demand The Impossible
Even with contouring and airbrushing, your MUA has the same canvas to work on that you do — your face. And although she will do everything in her power to achieve the look you're aiming for on your behalf, she's not going to be able to change the fact that you look like you. (Nor, for that matter, should you want her to. You're beautiful, obviously!)
That being said, all of the makeup in the world can't undo years or months of skin damage in one sitting. Plan on having an open and honest discussion with your MUA before she begins, and be realistic and accepting of what she tells you her limits might be. If she says something won't work out, trust her. She/he's not trying to hold back — she/he wants you to love the end result!
6. Prepare Your Face
If you want to look radiant on your wedding day, remember to spend the week (or at least day before) exercising a good moisturizing routine. Keeping your face and lips moisturized will ensure smooth and even application of makeup, less creasing, and a polished finish. And, again, make sure you clean your face. Our MUAs say that the problem area where they're most likely to encounter leftover makeup is around the eyes. Wipe your eyeliner carefully with makeup removal pads, or use a lightweight oil to clean your face of excess, stubborn mascara and makeup.
7. Plan For Small Touch Ups
Most MUAs agree that on big days, like your wedding day, it's wise to plan a few moments later in the day to add a little powder to your look, blot any oil, and touch up your lipstick. So sneak away between your ceremony and your reception and give yourself a quick check. Your look will last since the benefit of working with an MUA is that she/he is trained to make looks built for longevity. But a little maintenance will keep you fresh that much longer, and you know you want to look stunning for that first dance with your sweetie!
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