I volunteered to do my own makeup for a wedding in which I am one of the bridesmaids. I don't typically wear much makeup, but I thought, how hard could it be? I got a bunch of nice stuff from Aveda and am testing it out, watching tutorials, etc. but I seem to be having an eyeshadow fail (and maybe some other stuff).
I wanted to get makeup that didn't have parabens, etc in it, but I'm wondering if that's going to cost me.
So I got some of Aveda's "Petal Essence" eyecolor trios. They're in powder form. I got one of the trios that goes from brown to darker brown (I also bought one that has pale pinks/browns in it as a backup). I have sort of mid-toned tan skin and dark hair.
The first time I used them, sweeping on with a brush, it looked like I was wearing nothing. I watched some tutorials about application and bought their "transformer" which is this clear liquid that supposedly transforms the color into a cream shadow or can be used as a primer. It looked good in the video (though they used other colors and the model had much lighter skin)!
First time, I tried sweeping a bit of transformer on my eyelids, then applying the shadow. Nothing visible. Second time, I put a few drops on the brush and then swept through the darkest brown (which looks a good deal darker than my skin in its compact).
I got a *very* thin amount of color to come across from the darkest, but it's extremely subtle and I was hoping for something a little more obvious for the wedding. The medium tone still didn't even show up.
What am I doing differently? Has anyone had experience with this type of phenomenon, or this type of makeup? I'm using a brush from EcoTools if it helps. Do I need to use more of the liquid or the shadow? Is the "transformer" just subpar (if so, is there another effective primer that is of a more eco/natural sort)? Could the colors be too light for my skin? I feel like the last is not the case because the woman at the counter commented that that shadow would look great with the lipstick I'd bought.
I also bookmarked this thread
and this thread
, but wondering if there's something different with this particular makeup.
Getting worried as the wedding's a few weeks away and I really want to perfect my look (and hopefully salvage the things I've already purchased). The pencil eyeliner seems to go on nicely, and the mascara. Any other tips for making eyes (and blush for that matter) look amazing for photography -- mixed indoor/outdoor -- also welcome. The dress is a very bright rose, almost red, and I'll probably be going for dramatic lips so I'm doing more neutral eyes.
After reading some other threads I'm also a bit worried about my liquid foundation as it has SPF 15 (from titanium dioxide). The Aveda makeup artist had recommended using that and then brushing foundation powder *over* it to lock it in... is that a bad idea for photography??
Starting to feel like I'm in over my head here. Thanks so much!