How To: Get A Great Hair or Makeup Service

This past weekend seemed to be the first round of all out extravagant Christmas parties in town, which for a makeup artist means that your brushes are wielding magic left and right.

For many of the party girls I know it’s all about the blow dry bars and having your lashes falsified to perfection. Interestingly enough though I found myself once again this weekend coming to the rescue of a few damsels in beauty distress ie: correcting a really bad blow out or updo to removing lashes and applying them where they should be…along the actual lash line and not glued to the eyelid.

Having owned my own beauty boutique called Glam Lounge for a few years I can say unequivocally that not all makeup artists and stylists are created equal. In fact, whenever I interviewed a potential employee they were required to apply a full face of makeup including lashes on me and on a model to be sure that their technique was on point.

So if you plan on partaking in a little primping before your holiday parties here are a few tips to make your experience go a little more smoothly.

One of the keys to finding that perfect person who can whip those locks into shape, create a flawless face and add fluttery lashes that look stunning is to ask for referrals from as many friends as possible. And if there is time try the person out before your big event. Have them do the actual look that you plan on wearing for your event so you know exactly what to expect.

Bring in a photo or a page from a magazine that most closely represents the look you want. Be sure to tell your stylist or artist as much information as you can about your special ocassion ie: what you are wearing, will it be during the day, in the evening, under bright lights or low lights. Will there be dancing etc

I can’t tell you how many times I hear ” I don’t want bright colors like blue or green eye shadow… or I don’t want to look like a clown… Instead be specific and go through the details of what you like and more importantly what you don’t like and want to avoid. Ie: colors, formulas, type of application.

Be honest,when your stylist asks How’s that? If you don’t like the way something looks or if something doesn’t feel comfortable let your stylist or artist know before you finish your service and give them an opportunity to correct it to your satisfaction.

Numerous times I have heard “My makeup looked so bad I went home and washed my face…Or my hair looked like a poodle, I had to redo it.” A good artist or stylist should ask your input as they go, if they don’t, don’t be shy about speaking up, trust me your artist would rather have you tell them the truth than leave unhappy and hating your look.

Even though you are seeking the expertise of a professional in the end you are the one wearing the look not them and you need to be happy.

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