Last week my third makeup trial was with Ruby and Amber of Xpressions.
Ruby, who did my hair, came across as more professional and sweet than Amber, who did my makeup, who was much more casual.
Overall, I liked the makeup. I asked Amber to do one eye smokey and one eye cleaner to see the difference, and I realized I like the smokey look better, it just makes my eye look bigger. I also confirmed that I don’t like the look of a full lined black lid on my eye – It makes my eyes look smaller.
This has been the 4th trial where I’ve tried airbrush, however two of them apparently shouldn’t count (Kavita and Gargi) because they used Vasanti products which is a drug store brand and not professional quality, whereas Amber used a proper professional-line makeup for the airbrush gun.
However, I’m finding that airbrush accentuates the fine lines on my skin and cracks, whereas my own makeup certainly doesn’t do that. I think one thing I learned from these trials is that I actually don’t prefer airbrush (more on this soon).
Amber’s eye makeup was pretty and I did like it. However, what I didn’t appreciate was her energy. During my trial she was telling my sister and I about how she recently got divorced. People get divorced all the time; it happens, no judgement whatsoever. What I didn’t quite appreciate was her going on about the negative experience and how next time she “wouldn’t marry a Pakistani, because she did it that way once already”…while I, a bride-to-be, is sitting in her make-up chair, about to marry a Pakistani guy! I thought it was in such poor taste and simply unprofessional. If you work in the wedding industry, then it’s part of your job to be happy around your bride and groom clients, and if you can’t, learn to fake it. Brides and grooms are paying for services, yes, but also attitude and energy – this is one of the happiest times in their life – and they want to hire vendors who genuinely care to share in that with them.
So, overall, while I did like Amber’s makeup, her energy completely turned me off and I decided that this is not what I want to be around on my wedding day. The other factor which led me to not picking them was that no one really liked Ruby’s hair. The bun wasn’t high enough, and she didn’t do a neat job in combing all of my hair back evenly. I also realized I don’t think I like the look as a bride with straight pulled back hair.
So, I’ve reviewed the three trials I’ve had …but there is still one more – Summera Bridal and Studios – stay tuned ! 🙂