We discussed going for beauty makeovers once where I asked you if you enjoyed going for makeovers. Opinions were divided, as they usually are, but everyone agreed that they can sometimes be fun and also a good way to learn new makeup techniques, or try out a new look.
I went for one last week and I was reminded why I am picky about these makeover things. I ended up getting a couple of spots after that, and I wasn’t happy! So, if you go for a makeover, here are a couple of things I suggest you look out for or insist upon. If you have your own tips to share, please do! We could all benefit from shared experiences.
Are the makeup brushes clean?
I believe I broke out from face makeup brushes that weren’t cleaned or not properly cleaned. This is especially so when liquid foundation is used. At previous makeovers I went for, the brushes used were clean and fresh. This time, I don’t think it was and I really should have said something at the point, but failed to. So, insist on a clean makeup brush beforehand or risk breaking out.
This applies to eye makeup and lip makeup as well. Eye and lip infections can transfer from one person to another via shared makeup brushes and applicators, which is why you shouldn’t share your makeup. This applies to makeovers as well. The eye brushes should be cleaned and sanitized between uses and the ones used on your eyes should be clean. You can and should ask beforehand.
No mascara straight from the tube
If a disposable mascara wand is not produced, I always choose to reject mascara application. It creeps me out to have a mascara wand used on my eyes, that may have been used on countless numbers of women before me. Not only is the mascara contaminated, the wand may be too and it can transfer bacteria and infections from one person to another. Never ever allow mascara to be applied straight from the tube on your eyes.
No lipstick straight from the tube
The one thing this makeover got right was in not using the lipstick straight from the tube on my lips. That gives me the heebie-jeebies too! Usually, proper technique will dictate that the makeup artist scrapes off the top layer of the lipstick, discards it, then scrapes off a bit with a spatula and then apply it onto your lips with a lip brush. Note that the latter should also be clean because it is incredibly easy to spread lip infections if a brush isn’t clean!
Did the makeup artist sanitize their hands?
I noticed that most top makeup artists from most major cosmetics brands will sanitize their hands before they start their work. The makeover I went for was for a major cosmetics brand, but this makeup artist did not. It doesn’t bug me, but I think it is good practise.
Don’t be afraid to speak up
Don’t like your foundation shade? Don’t like the eye colour or how it looks? Is the makeup too much for you? Don’t be afraid to speak up and say so. In my case, the makeup artist did his darnest to get me to use a foundation shade that I knew I couldn’t use. He told me everything from how my preferred shade would accentuate my pigmentation, to how it would make me look too pink. But I stood my ground. No, I cannot wear yellow based foundation, never mind that I’m Chinese and have yellow tones. I will just end up looking sallow and dull. He relented and the final result was to my satisfaction, and much to his chagrin, he had to admit I got it right. So, if you don’t like something, or know your foundation shade, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are the one having to walk around with the makeup at the end of the day!
What do you look out for when you go for a makeover? Have you had a bad experience after a makeover, and how has that affected your perceptions of makeovers?
After my makeover, I went straight home, and washed off my makeup but the next day, I discovered 3 little spots on 3 different parts of my face. They went off after 2 days, but it made me unhappy because I’ve had very lovely experiences at makeovers most of the time, and this one quite spoilt it for me. So, I thought it might be a good time to share how a process that makes you look good can also make you feel bad thereafter.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Now you know what to look out for! Your turn to share your tips!