I signed up for the free session expecting to learn about "correct skin care and the latest make-up application techniques and trends from the experts" as was advertised in the newspaper.
I arrived at the location armed with my notebook and pen; chose my seat and waited excitedly for the session to begin.
Disappointment soon set in as I quickly realized that it was actually make up testing disguised as makeovers. The whole thing was just a sales gimmick - you were supposed to love your makeover so much that you ended up buying some or all of the products used. It really was a smart move on their part; kudos to them.
My first reaction was to leave because I did not want a makeover. All of the horrible past experiences (read about them here, here and here) have left me very traumatized at the thought of someone else applying my make-up. I eventually decided to stay and observe what was happening in the hope of learning something.
The makeovers got off to a great start. I nodded my approval as he cleansed, toned and moisturised the faces. I was impressed when he used the correct shades of foundation and powder on both dark and fair skin tones. Believe it or not; a small part of me was even considering getting a makeover.
BUT one thing kept me glued to my chair - the make-up artist was not sanitizing his tools/products. He was double dipping (read Error #6 and Tip #6). He was also using the same brushes, mascara wand and lipstick on everyone which would spread germs, bacteria and infections. I shuddered in my chair and tried to look elsewhere during those unsanitary moments.
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Sadly, the fifth person's make-over did not go as well as the others. Initially the selected shade was perfect but as her face began to perspire the make-up started to look ashy. By the time he finished; she looked as though she was wearing flour or baby powder on her face.
She loved it though, and bought every product that he used. I felt so sorry for her and for the fact that I was not in a position to advise her. I was merely a fellow participant; and an unknown while the host was an international expert.
Tell me honestly; whose opinion would you have believed - the international expert and host of the session or the casually dressed, local, unknown with the neutrally made-up face?
I sincerely hope that others will learn from my experiences which I share in my posts and not have to find out the hard way like me. It is important to know when a make-up professional is giving good or bad advice...our beauty is at stake.
"...because your make-up should always BE (Blend and Enhance)." - Nakita Squires