If you’ve been following my make-up trial journey, you know that I started off with booking Shirley Wu over a year ago. Then recently, I had a change of heart and wanted to cancel her because I realized that I was never in love with her look, she’s hard to get a hold of, and most of all, she wouldn’t travel. From there the search for another hair and makeup artist began. In the past two weeks I did trials with three artists: Kavita Suri, Gargi Patel and Ruby and Amber of Xpressions – all of whom I’ve reviewed in previous posts.
Who I haven’t yet told you about is the artist I did a trial with yesterday – Summera Khan – of Summera Studios. I found out about her through Facebook and she herself is a make-up artist, hairstylist and photographer, too!
Summera was the last trial I had booked and after being sorely disappointed with Kavita, Gargi and Xpressions, I was going into the trial with high hopes. (I was surprised that I was actually getting tired of getting my makeup done! Lol)
My first impression of Summera is how pretty and well put together she is; she opened the door in a fabulous ensemble, and polished makeup and hair, and I really appreciated that, given that she was about to do my makeup! We proceeded to go downstairs into her home studio and I changed into a red jora (outfit) that I had brought. (Girls: make sure you do this when you go for your trials because without the red outfit, or whatever colour you are going to be wearing, it’s really hard to tell how the makeup will look.)
Make-up Application Technique
I then sat in her chair and she asked me what type of look I was going for and I told her what I’ve been telling all of the artists in my trials: a red matte lip, and gold eyeshadows fading into smoky brown. As I was telling her she was nodding and seemed to really get what I was wanting and so I hoped in my head that she did! She then proceeded to do something which no other artist has done: she reclined my chair and put a pillow under my back because she likes applying makeup with the girl laying back, she says it allows her to see the shadows of the face better. I welcomed this as it was completely relaxing to lay back and feel the strokes of the brushes on your face!
Airbrush vs. Non-AirBrush
Talking to Summera, she told me how she never uses air- brush makeup on her clients because it was actually developed for use in front of cameras for movie shoots, and that it’s not wedding makeup. She finds that it cracks and accentuates fine lines and that she would never use it on a bride. She also said a lot of MUAs try to use it and they charge more even though it takes less time to apply. For me, all of this was true – I didn’t like any of my airbrush trials, I felt like they made my skin look really matte and I started seeing cracking immediately.
Knowing the Right Questions to Ask
As Summera was applying the make-up I really appreciated that she asked me some questions along the way, which told me she had an understanding of client preferences and how certain makeup looks will change your face. For example, she asked if I liked the inside of my eyelids rimmed with kajol – I don’t – I think it makes my eyes look smaller and doesn’t suit my face, and so I really appreciated her asking me. When she was doing my lips she asked me if I liked my lip shape a bit bigger (as in they draw the colour out on the skin ) and I don’t, so I really appreciated she knew the right questions to ask. She also asked me what type of fake lashes I wanted and I told her I wanted my lashes to be longer, but not horsey-looking lol, and so she did two different kinds on each eye.
The final reveal
Throughout all of my make-up trials, what I had really been wanting is for the make-up artist to turn me around in the chair, and I would look in the mirror, and just love it. The trial with Summera was the first one where I looked in the mirror and I thought: “Wow.” Which, I think is a very big deal for me because I’m very picky and that didn’t happen to me with Shirley, even (but I will give you a proper ranking of all 6 trials below). The only tweak I had with Summera was the filling in of my eyebrows, but I explained to her what I’m looking for and I’m confident she understands my preference!
So, this all to say: I booked Summera!!!! I found my wedding makeup artist!! And I cancelled Shirley!! I’m so happy that I don’t have to travel from Shirley’s studio at 5:30 on the long weekend Friday from Mississauga to Vaughn. I feel so much more relaxed about this whole thing now!
So, here are my trial pics with Summera! (And none of these are touched up so all you’re seeing is the make-up!)
After she did my makeup, she just played with the front of my hair, as I didn’t do a hair trial, just to determine what styling would look best. She recommended that for my face a middle part would look softer than hair pulled tightly back and after I saw her makeup I trusted her!
This is a collage of my make-up trial history, starting with Shirley at the top left, Amplified Soul at the top right, Kavita Suri middle left, Gargi Patel middle right, Xpressions bottom left and Summera bottom right.
If I had to rank these artists, it would be:
1. Summera Khan of Summera Studios
2. Shirley Wu of Beauty Concept
3. Amber of Xpressions
4. Shobana of Amplified Soul
5. Gargi Patel
6. Kavita Suri
So that’s all folks!
Happy to have locked down an MUA!