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“A picture is worth a thousand words”

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011

I was recently reminded of this saying when I did the makeup for a group of women who were attending a special family event – a 50th wedding anniversary! One of the makeup requests was vintage-glamour. Like a lot of things, vintage-glamour is a broad term that means different things to different people. So while my client had a specific makeup look in mind, she didn’t bring any reference images (tears from magazines, photos or the images off the internet) to help her communicate it.

We could have spent a lot of time discussing and describing what parts of vintage-glamour makeup she wanted to emulate. But without visual references, makeup misunderstandings can easily happen. So rather than starting her makeup and going down a track she may not have liked, we jumped on the laptop and loaded some images that she did. These images helped me to “see” her inspiration and I tweaked them to suit her skin tone and features.

While it’s definitely possible to deliver a great makeup result without any reference images at all, it’s not something I recommend in circumstances where you have imagined a specific makeup look. Photos are ultimately the clearest and quickest way of conveying what you want (and don’t want), so your makeup artist can focus on delivering a result you will be very happy with.