Gwendolyn
Devoted July 2021

Make-up feedback!

Gwendolyn, on June 23, 2021 at 3:46 PM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 12
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Hi!


My wedding was COVID delayed, I had my trial a year ago (now just under a month to go) and went back looking at the pictures and have decided there are some changes I want and would love feedback!

1. I don't like my eyebrows touched. I don't mess with them now other than brushing them - my MUA initially did them SUPER dark and I had her take them down a notch. (See picture 1.) I still feel like I have costume eye-brows on. I'm thinking now I want to ask her to leave them alone entirely, will that look weird?

2. I feel like my lip color isn't great and my upper lip looks thin. Would a deeper red work on me - and how do I make them look fuller?

3. She didn't do much cheek contouring at all - the second picture is what I added at home. Should it be even more contoured?

4. Any other feedback? I really only ever wear anything on my eyes and sometimes a wine colored lip color. My lips have a bad tendency to peel.

Right after trial (natural light in car):

Make-up feedback! 1


My touch-up (in bathroom light):


Make-up feedback! 2

Maybe something closer to this lip color - is this too much (especially on my skimpy lips)?


Make-up feedback! 3


My normal brows/face:


Make-up feedback! 4



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Latest activity by Kari, on June 27, 2021 at 6:15 PM
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    Expert June 2021
    Allie ·
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    It looks great!! Since I don't know what your eyebrows look like before, I can't opine on the eyebrow darkness, but I also get peeved when MUAs mess with my eyebrows, so I definitely understand where you're coming from! Edited: After I finished typing my response, the 3rd and 4th pics loaded, so I now see your natural eyebrows. I still don't think it looks bad at all, but perhaps be very clear with your MUA that you'd like her to be verrrrrrry light-handed on any eyebrow work.

    I think the lip color looks great as is, and I also think you could go darker if you want! I don't have any tips for fullness besides maybe those "plumping" lip glosses? Maybe they have a matte version out these days?

    I like the contouring in the second picture. The only word of caution for more significant contouring I'd have is this: make sure that you like how the contouring looks from a side profile as well. For instance, if you and your FS are getting a first kiss photo where you can see the sides of both your faces, a more significant contour *may* stick out as a line on your cheek. Just a word of caution because I've seen it happen!

    Overall, looks phenomenal!!!

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  • Gwendolyn
    Devoted July 2021
    Gwendolyn ·
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    Ah! That's a good point. I added a picture with my normal level of make-up and what my brows typically look like. My brows "suffered" through the over-plucking phase in the early 2000s and are now permanently thin. I felt a little like a stranger with the brows and full fake lashes (which I had her remove).

    Have you tried any of them? I've been using lip masques to get some of the peeling and cracking to stop, which I hear is supposed to help them look fuller.

    I don't know if I would go too significant - but that is a really good point! I've definitely done my own cheek contour that looked great until I turned my head. LOL.

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    Expert June 2021
    Allie ·
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    Hey sorry! I edited my original post because the pics didn't load initially, but then they did and I realized...my bad!!

    Ok so wait the eyelashes in pics 1 and 2 are your real lashes? If so, oh my goodness YES rock the natural lashes...you don't need fake ones!!

    Ok gotcha! I have only ever used the Buxom glosses, which I like, and they seem to work well enough, but I've never tried the matte ones. I hope you get more recommendations from people more knowledgeable than I am! When my lips crack and all that, I like either Bite+ Beauty Agave Lip Mask or Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. But it sounds like you have that covered already!

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  • Gwendolyn
    Devoted July 2021
    Gwendolyn ·
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    Oh no problem, I hadn't thought about adding a picture of my "normal" look. That was a good point. They were probably posting as you replied! Smiley smile
    There are two individual lashes added to the edge - she initially put the full eye lashes on (I'm not sure what those are called - it's like a whole sheet from corner to corner). But otherwise those are mine.

    Ooh, I'll look into those. I've heard of that name. I actually just got a little tub of the Laneige mask. I just have to remember to use it...

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    Expert June 2021
    Allie ·
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    Haha it may have! And yes, the eyelashes definitely look awesome as is!!! And I saw the picture of the deeper shade of lipstick, and I definitely think it would look great too, so you have options!

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  • Rosie
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    Rosie ·
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    I think it will look weird if you completely leave your brows alone. Just the way that you mention you worry your lips are too light with the more dramatic face makeup (and for the record I love that colour for you, and whilst the red would look great too, I really like that soft pink - it's romantic!) - you need a slightly stronger brow to balance out the other elements of the makeup. Your face is likely to look unbalanced if you leave them alone completely - in normal day-to-day life or in a few selfies it's fine, but for professional photographs, it does look better just that bit darker.

    I speak as someone who, up until the mid aughts had no idea brow products existed. I always wondered why, even when I removed my foundation from the brows, they looked so... pale and unfinished on my face in photographs when in real life they looked fine. And the above is why.

    Your adjustments when you got home look great, and I think you should ask her for that on the day. You definitely don't look to have crazy scouse brows or anything!

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    Ingrid ·
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    I agree with all of your points! I would tone down your eye brows, more cheek color and fix your upper lip to be more full.


    I think your inspo picture lip color is a little too dark, especially if you don't normally wear a dark lip color, but just my opinion.
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  • Gwendolyn
    Devoted July 2021
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    I'll point out to her I need more oomph and shape on my upper lip, it feels like it just looks like a smudge LOL. Thank you!

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    That's what I worried about - that it might make my face look really heavy on the bottom. Does it seem like she pulled the brow powder in too far (toward my nose)? It looks like there is brow powder where there is no actual hair, and I think that might be part of why I can't stop looking at them. Hopefully she can tweak them on the day of to have some stuff on them, but not be so bold. I had hoped I could get away with bangs on the day to just not deal with them, but it's been too dang hot and my bangs just end up looking gross. Thank you so much for the feedback!!

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  • Rosie
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    They're not too far in towards each other, if that makes sense, but I do see what you mean about them coming a little bit low on the lower edge. Honestly, I wouldn't have noticed unless you said. I probably would ask her to stick to the natural brow line, or just inside. It's funny, makeup artists do tend to have things they're really really good at - I had my makeup done by one lady and I hated what she did with my eyeshadow (mostly the colour, not the actual shaping and blending etc) but her brows were SO good. My eyebrows had never looked so great, and she didn't pluck a thing. Just weird how that works!

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  • Ariel
    Devoted October 2021
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    I like the brows! They don’t look too heavy to me.
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  • Kari
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    Kari ·
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    I love the look your MUA gave you, as well as your subtle contour. But I prefer a natural look, and think brides should look the like best version of their authentic self on their wedding day.

    The inspo pic you posted is a lot more dramatic. It's beautiful, but a very different look.

    I'll start off by saying your brows don't look overdone at all. I will note you have the exact same pose in the two makeup photos, down to the angle of your face, how your hair falls, and how you are pursing your lips, which is different from your "everyday" photo so its not an apples to apples comparison, but I think your brows look great in the makeup photos. Brows frame the face, and think your MUA nailed them (not sure if pic #1 is before or after you told her to take it down a notch, but I'm a fan). They still look natural but balance your features a bit better being fuller and slightly darker. They are not too dark at all. IMO brows should always be as dark as or slightly darker than your hair (bleached brows are an abomination) and your MUA added a bit of fullness and darkness to make them match your hair. I have blond hair and light brows, and whenever I do them it always looks like a bit much at first but when I go off and do a task and come back a few minutes later I realize how much they kind of pull my whole face together and they photograph so much better.

    I really like the lip color but do think you could do a darker wine color and not look overdone. However I'd caution that if you decide to ask the MUA to leave your brows alone and add a darker lip, your makeup might look a bit incomplete, with too dark lips and too light brows. However, I am a huge fan of French style makeup in which the rule is typically you go bold on lips OR eyes, never both, and feel like a darker lip could look amazing. If your upper lip naturally thins when you smile, a darker color might emphasize that more. You could always ask your MUA to slightly over line your top lip if you are worried about fullness (I hate overlined lips as well, but if done carefully it could add a bit of symmetry here).

    Overall I really love your look and would be thrilled if an MUA actually did such a beautiful, subtle job on me. You still look fresh and natural, but really pulled together. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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