This all started because I had concerns about my original wedding makeup artist (let's call her Sarah). I arrived at the salon for my makeup trial and knew from the start this wasn't a good fit. The subsequent services illuminated that fact even further. I left feeling frustrated. Even worse, there was no time to fly back out to Napa-the location of my wedding-for a second trial. Suddenly, a lightbulb went off…
I had brought a bunch of makeup to the trial and planned to do the same for the wedding. So, why not just have a couple other pros from top on-demand beauty apps play around with the formulas and see if they could nail my desired look? Then I would be able to share my newfound knowledge with Sarah.
I started this "experiment" in NYC. A wonderful Glamsquad makeup artist named Priscilla knocked on my apartment door with a suitcase full of products. The twist? I had my own stuff for her to use. When I explained the backstory, she immediately understood and happily got to work. Not only did I adore the end result-polished yet refreshingly natural-but she made me feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. With Priscilla's assistance, I was able to cull down my toolkit and create a step-by-step tutorial that even included application tips. (Side note: my go-to Glamsquad hairstylist, Savannah, always does a fabulous blowout. I booked an appointment that afternoon, told her what was going on, and she also provided some super helpful tricks-namely how to give my fine locks lots of body without yanking or pulling.) Needless to say, Sarah received a very lengthy email shortly thereafter.
The weekend of March 9, I had a big event in Chicago. So, I schlepped all my goodies to the Windy City. On Saturday, a hand-selected stylist from The Glam App came to my room at the Viceroy Chicago for a little pre-party beautification. Layanna raised my makeup game to the next level. I absolutely loved her friendly demeanor and the glowy appearance she was able to achieve.
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What did I learn from my multiple wedding makeup trials? There are so many factors that go into a makeup look. You can give a trio of artists the same products and end up with three very different results. This realization ultimately led me to part ways with my beauty expert in Napa. But that's a story for another time. (You can click here to read all about that harrowing ordeal.)