Why you Need a Makeup Lesson

Whether you are 15 or 50

 Recently, I finally, after years of doing makeup, was able to pin my own mother down and do her face makeup. It seemed like I had done everyone’s makeup but hers. Everyone and their mother. And I mean that literally. When I would tell her this, she would say “No Sarah, you have done it before. Remember that one time?” Yea. I do. It was when I was in the tenth grade!  A heinous purple smokey eye if I can recall correctly. So yea, my own mother hadn’t let me give her a make over. 

 It was to the point I was becoming slightly offended. But if you know my mother, you would know that she is the jane of all trades. She is a doctor, a dentist, a hair stylist, a dermatologist, an esthetician, a mua, amongst other things. I mean she is a mother of four, so she is entitled to some of those job titles. When it comes to skin care, makeup, and hair, she is stuck in her old ways and beliefs. Regardless of the fact that I am a knowledgable mua, she still somehow seems to know more about my craft than I do. So, because of her know-it-all-ness, I had never done her makeup. I had been dying to do it for many reasons. I knew she was doing a lot of things wrong, colors were wrong, products were wrong. I have at this point already shown her how to do her eye makeup correctly and she is rather good at it now. I would have to say that a lot of the reason that I became interested in makeup in the first place, is because my mother has worn a full face of makeup, all of the time, for as long as I can recall. So thanks for the inspo mom!

As I was saying, I had been dying to do her face makeup. She always looked red. She was always saying that she had olive skin.  Well, yea, maybe she did appear to have olive skin, after she had put her makeup on that didn’t match.  It’s possible you would have thought that she was Italian with the bronzer she was loading up on. She is Polish FYI.  Now I will give her credit where credit is due. She never looked bad. She never looked ridiculous. BUT because I am a mua, I knew that she could look better. Her face was too red for her neck and the rest of her, and it drove me crazy. I wanted to blend her and burn her Bare Minerals. Yea, that’s another thing.  She was still using Bare Minerals when I had been working for MAC for three years already. Rude as hell, I know. 

 The great day came when I broke out my kit and said lets do this, let me show you. After chasing her around the house with a makeup wipe, I managed to remove half of her face. We decided this was good because now she could compare her side to mine. I was laughing in my head p.s. She immediately loved it and all I had done so far was a sheer foundation.  She also immediately apologized for not letting me help her sooner. Apology accepted.

 Now my sister Catherine, who is 16, has been fascinated with makeup for awhile.  It probably has a lot to do with the fact that me, my mom and my other sister always wear it. Also, she is extremely creative and artistic. She loves when I do her makeup and has always wanted to learn. So even at a young age of 15 she was already learning how to properly blend her shadow and was applying her foundation just as good as I would. Before I taught her, and before her interest sparked, she did go through the heavy, black eyeliner all over her eye, phase. RIP to that awful phase. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Black eyeliner rimming her inner lids was not a good look, especially when she was in middle school. Thankfully, she finally took my word for it and moved passed it.

This brings me to my point. Whether you are 15 or 50. You NEED a GOOD makeup lesson. If my mother had received a good makeup lesson a little earlier in life, she probably wouldn’t have been putting Bare Minerals warmth all over her face and using it to “make her face slimmer” ? What? These things maybe could have been avoided if she would have just asked, what? how? and why?. As a girl or a woman who wants to wear makeup, it’s important to properly educate yourself on your skin type, what makeup works best for you and your skill level. Don’t just go into the CVS and pick a foundation that matches your hand. Your face and your hand are not the same color, I’m sorry. Go to a store or a makeup counter where this is what they are paid to do. To help you! Let us help you! It’s all you poor makeup appliers that give us makeup wearers a bad name. Stop it! I have also said before in many posts, that it is our duty as mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, grandmothers, friends- to show our younger generation the ropes. Help them educate themselves!  Correctly!  So don’t you go doing it all on your own. Leave it to the pros because your face, your skin, your time period, it’s all different than hers. Now, by the time my sister is 50, I will hope that she refreshes her knowledge because laaawd knows times will have changed.  It’s so important to educate yourself with a quick makeup lesson or even a longer more in depth lesson. I don’t care if you’re 15 or 50. It’s time to learn or relearn. It’s so easy to get stuck in our ways or our same products. Makeup is constantly changing, evolving. New technologies are everywhere. New brands pop up everyday.  Get your bum a makeup lesson!

 Book your makeup lesson with me, mention this post, and receive your lesson for $60, for the months of April, May, and June!  Contact me for details!

 xo Sarah Paira

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