Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bridal Trial - Dealing with Problem Skin

Hi Bellas,

I recently had a trial for my friend who was getting married in May.  This was actually trial #2.  The first time, her skin was going through a weird dry spell so we decided to see if we could find a better solution.  We come to find out that it was actually her birth control pills that was making her skin go crazy.

I spent over an hour to try and figure out how to apply makeup and coverage without irritation her dry, super sensitive skin.

To see how I did it, click here!
In doing makeup for clients, you're bound to run into problematic situations.  Whether it's a personality clash, a product malfunction or even the wrong foundation match...you have to learn how to be resilient and try, try and try again.  Keeping your cool is also part of the job.

When working with the bride, I noticed that most items that touched her skin automatically looked lumpy, almost like the texture of cottage cheese.  This was especially true for liquid products, even moisturizer!  Since she had super dry patchy skin, I tried using a cream or liquid to hydrate and restore the face.  I tried everything - various moisturizers, cream foundations, liquid foundations, tinted moisturizers...everything made her face inflamed and molty.  Even when I happened to have my pinky finger brush against her skin it would turn red!

Solution:  I had to pretty much throw my conventional makeup knowledge out the window on this one.  I found a solution that worked for this bride and her specific skin type.  Instead of a heavy moisturizer, I misted the face with Fix + to moisten it, applied Smashbox Green Primer to correct redness, applied Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Light for undereye cricles and lightly patted Steelo Mineral Foundation for coverage.  If some areas need more coverage, I applied powder dry with a tapered blending brush.  I typically don't like using mineral makeup on client, but in this case, it worked!  In all steps, I made sure to hold the brush handles on their far end to make sure I was using the most delicate, gentle application.


Here's What I Used (All MAC unless otherwise mentioned):

FACE
Fix Plus
Smashbox Correcting Green Primer
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Light
Steelo Mineral Foundation
Sculpting Powder in Bone Beige
NARS Love Joy Blush
Warmed MSF

EYES 
Bare Study Paint Pot
Flip e/s
Glamour Check e/s
Shroom e/s
Blacktrack Fluidline
Spiked Brow Pencil & Cork e/s on brows
Smolder Eye Kohl
Anastasia Eye Lights in Camille (Waterline)
Ardell Short Individual Flares
Waterproof Mascara

LIPS
Beurre Creamstick Liner
Fanfare Lipstick
Cruise Control lipglass

I learned a lot working with my client - simply, sometimes you have to break the rules.  I hoped my story helped some of you.  There are bound to be slips and falls in makeup application for others or even yourself...just remember, keep trying and keep a smile on that face!  

I'll be flying to Houston for this wedding in two weeks.  I plan to actually film a video about how I packed my makeup bag for travel.  I'll also make sure to take lots of pics at the wedding to show you all :)

8 comments:

Xoxo~SnowBunny2022 said...

This helps alot because I deal with very sensitive skin as well and I even had experienced moisturizers getting lumpy on me. I naturally have oily skin, but when i wash my face and then moisturize after I still have the occasional dry patches so i tend to reapply moisturizer about 2 more times its like my skin just soaks it up. Also if Im not careful enough I get red blotchy areas more around my nose and tzone. Its a battle. I use clean and clear advantage moisturizer which has 2% salacylic acid in it and seems to work good but i think thats where my redness is coming from. Im still on the hunt for a perfect solution :P

CopyCat said...

cool :)
Thanks
She looked beautiful :)))

KrystleRos said...

Wow,thanks Ren! Really good to know!

Ashwini said...

You're so talennted. With the way her face is glowing, I would never have guessed that she's wearing mineral foundation!

Jenny said...

i love when u do bridal, wedding related makeup

i'm an aspiring make up artist so i love hearing and trying out your tips!

www.jennythay.com

Cindy said...

oh yay! I live in Houston :)

Putty said...

Great one, Ren! Thanks for sharing!

Stavroula said...

Good job!!! :)