Today I acted as a model for the wonderful Michelle Quinn, a Mary Kay representative and all around great woman. We went through the typical skin and color consultation process she gives her brides and had a whole lot of fun! What woman doesn’t love to play dress-up and get pampered?
1) Get to Know Your Skin
The first thing she did was ask me questions about my skin. Your make-up artist should get to know your skin a little bit before fitting it to a product for your wedding day. I do not have over oily skin or too dry skin, making things pretty convenient, but she was armed and ready with products to cater towards every skin type.
2) Prep Your Pallet
Secondly, we did was washed, toned, and moisturized my skin. We used the Mary Kay “Botanical Effects” to prep my skin. Since we know am a Type 2 skin type, she used the products accordingly! The Botanical Effects come in three different formulas to fit oily, medium, and dry skin types. After the prepping process my skin felt light and clean – fit and ready for step three!
3) Matched my Skin Tones
Probably the most important part of this whole consultation is making sure that Michelle could match my skin tones. As a photographer, I know that this step is detrimental. If your face is lighter or darker than your neck and the rest of your body, it will come across in your photos and will be a distraction. Every bride wants to look perfect, and Michelle perfected this step choosing from the “TimeWise Liquid Foundation” line to create the popular matte look bride’s want.
Michelle also explained to me that it is a talc free foundation, meaning it is photo ready! It appears very natural, has a corrective formula, and doesn’t white-out your skin tone. It is important to make sure you keep your warmth in photos. It is a matte look, so there are no reflective, shiny spots to distract from that dazzling smile and those captivating eyes.
4) Applying the Make-up
Something that is different about using Michelle is that she teaches you how to apply it yourself. Of course you can always hire her to take care of everything the day of, but she is more focused on making sure you know how to apply the makeup products you love every day.
First I applied, with Michelle’s guidance, the primer and foundation. It creates such a clear look – like an empty canvas. Then we zeroed in on the eyes, using three different colors to create a natural, warm look that accentuated my eye color. A highlight, contour, and accent color in the correct shape and shade makes all the difference. I then applied the waterproof and smudge free eyeliner and mascara.
Last but not least (in fact this was my favorite part), was sliding on the red lipstick that completed my look. Of course a more natural look can be achieved with a gloss or tinted lip balm, but if you know me then you know my love for red lipstick.
Finishing touches include a little blush on the cheekbones and setting everything with a loose powder. Just one more thing to ensure an all day Mary Kay experience!
I had fun and wore the makeup all day. It lasted through my Grande vanilla latte, blueberry muffin, and Italian dinner. I promise this will last though the wedding day.
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Have a great day and happy planning!