Friday, September 9, 2011

Guest Post: Making Make up fun and easy

On many occasions I have referenced my skills... or lack there of when it comes to make up.  Luckily for me I have a friend who is very talented when it comes to make up in fact she is forging her way into making by it!  So I decided to ask her a some questions.  10 questions to be exact.  So here goes:

So, tell us about yourself.
             Well, My name is Hannah.  I’m a 23 year old, sometimes college student, married to an amazing man. I am finishing up an Associates degree and looking for a good esthetology program so I can be certified to do facials, skin care and what I love doing the most…makeup!  I Love all kinds of makeup but I focus on special event makeup. I do anything from weddings to costume parties. I’m also available for private consultations, which means I can help women figure out what kind of makeup is best for them and how to get the look that they want. 

What is it about make up you like?
            Remember playing dress up as a little girl? You can be a princess or a pirate, or anything you want all you have to do is pick the outfit. I still feel like I’m playing dress up whenever I do makeup. There are endless possibilities, and all you have to do to is pick one. I guess I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic, but I love the ability to change my look completely every day. I try to never do the exact same look twice.  I love the creativity involved in doing makeup and the fun. I still get giddy over a new shade of lipstick, hehe. 

Why do you like make-up enough to want to do this for a living?
            Simply put: because it’s fun! And who doesn’t want a job that’s fun?

Do you have a favorite feature (nose, eyes, lips) you like to accent?

            That usually depends on the person and the look you’re trying to achieve. However, as a generalization, I have found that most women like to play up their eyes. A person’s eyes are so unique and expressive; an easy way to communicate a look is to draw attention to the eyes.

 How can a reader know what is best for them? 
            Doing a little research is always good, there are lots of resources to help women figure out what colors will complement their skin tone and eyes best. After that, experiment! One of my favorite things about makeup is that is will wash right off. If you don’t like something, you can try again. I would recommend taking a Saturday afternoon and sitting down with your entire makeup stash. Pretend you’re a little girl playing dress up, and have fun. Try things you wouldn’t normally try. It’s a great way to find what works and what doesn’t. You might even surprise yourself with some amazing new looks.

  What challenge would you like to throw to the readers?
            I hear women say things like “Oh I love that look but I could never pull it off” or “That looks so cute on her but I’d be afraid to try it.” My challenge is, take a chance. Try a look that you love but have always been to shy to try.  I really believe that anyone can pull off whatever they like. All you need is confidence and a little creativity. You can tailor a look to fit you. For instance, if you love the smoky eye look but it’s just too dark for you, try going with browns or grays instead of black. Just don’t rule something you like out because you think you can’t pull it off. Go for it!

Why do you think looking beautiful is important?
            I’m really glad you asked that! I never want a woman who talks to me or reads my blog to come away feeling like she needs to wear makeup to be beautiful. I don’t want to sound all Disney princess, but I really do believe that everyone is beautiful in their own way. I myself don’t even wear makeup every day. I think makeup should be a fun way to express yourself, not a means to hide yourself. I’ll spare you my soap box on the way media puts pressure on women to look a certain way, we all see it, I’m sure. But I will say this, whenever I really take the time to look at the women and girls around me, my family, friends, people I pass at the mall, I’m always amazed at how completely unique beautiful they all are. I love that uniqueness and I think makeup should be used to highlight that, not as a way to conform to some arbitrary standard of beauty.

Who are people you look to for inspiration?
            I find inspiration in all sorts of places, a pretty print on a dress, techno dance music, a beautiful painting…you get the idea. But people are the best inspiration. I love to watch makeup artists who have been in the industry for a while do their thing. They make things I’m still mastering look easy! I also love to see what “normal” people are wearing. I’m always curious to see what people are trying and how trends trickle down from the industry big wigs to girls in the mall. I’m not sure if that answers your question exactly….I guess I look at everyone for inspiration cause you never know where you might find it. (:

What are some common beauty mistakes?
            I think the beauty mistake I see the most often is foundation that doesn’t match. If your shoulders and arms are pale and your face is super tan….it doesn’t look natural!! This seems like a really obvious thing, but it really is important. If your foundation doesn’t look natural, it makes even the most skillfully applied makeup look fake. Two things to keep in mind when looking for the right foundation: 1) Get a second opinion. It might look perfect to you, but ask a friend who will tell you the truth. If your face looks orange, you want to know Before you go out, right? 2) Remember that you skin tone changes when you spend a lot of time in the sun. I normally wear a liquid foundation in one color during the winter and fall and gradually change over to a powder foundation in a darker color during the spring and summer. You want your face to match the rest of you. So when your legs aren’t tan any more, you face shouldn’t be either.

What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women?
            Be yourself! Seriously, all cheesy feel good stuff aside, you will always look the best and feel the best when you are comfortable with yourself. Have you ever noticed that every woman looks beautiful on her wedding day? It’s not just the fancy dress. It’s the happiness that she just can’t keep inside. When you are happy and confident it shows! Wear the makeup that makes you feel like you and rock it.

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