Monday, October 19, 2009

QOTW: Yes To Makeup Artists?

photo: Jin Pak via www.dailymakeover.com

Look at the model in this picture. Is she in deep concentration, the kind that always comes about as you apply liquid liner? Is she looking at a collection of lip glosses, concerned over what might look best with her outfit? Is she wondering if her summertime foundation will still look right as her skin loses its tan as we head into fall? The answer to those questions is likely NO. That's what her makeup artist is there to take care of. Some people would love to hand that responsibility over to an expert, others would not. And some might like to do it just now and then. I find this to be an interesting concept, especially among makeup lovers, so in this Question of the Week I asked: If your job provided a makeup artist- would you want your makeup done for you?
  • Always: 162 (33%)
  • Often: 172 (35%)
  • Only Occasionally: 118 (24%)
  • Almost Never: 28 (5%)

Votes so far: 480 Poll closed

As you can see- some interesting results! While I realize many of the people who view this blog have a pretty big interest in makeup, the majority still said they would "always" or "often" have a makeup artist do their makeup for them if they had the opportunity. Still, the group that said "only occasionally" wasn't far behind at 24%. I was in that group. This is a question that I think about often, because one of the questions I'm so often asked because of my job is, "Do you have a makeup artist doing your makeup before the newscast?" My answer is no, and unless you're living in a very large city, chances are your anchors are doing their makeup themselves too. While I believe a makeup artist could do a wonderful job on my makeup, my daily makeup routine is something I enjoy. It's a time for me to experiment with new products, try something new, and frankly, just have some quiet time before an undoubtedly hectic day gets underway. In an ideal world, having a makeup artist do my makeup "occasionally" would allow me to learn a thing or two from them, and then practice it on myelf the rest of the time.

So that's just my 2 cents... but this poll leaves me wanting to know more about YOU. Why did you answer the way you did? Why do you- or don't you- want a makeup artist doing your makeup if you had the chance? Also- are YOU a makeup artist? How do you feel about having someone else do your makeup? Please elaborate in the comments section! Hope you enjoyed this "food for thought" question and have a great day!

Emily

20 comments:

  1. I answered "Always" because while I enjoy doing my own makeup I always feel like it probably looks like I do a pretty amateur job (though I try hard & it usually looks nice!). It would be nice to have a flawless face everyday especially if it were in a setting where you interact with a lot of people throughout the day.

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  2. I answered "often" just because I know a makeup artist could do a much better job than I do. I love makeup (probably a little too much!)and I enjoy trying new looks...I just don't know how good I am at pulling them off. I think I would probably get better by watching them apply my makeup as well.

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  3. I said "not often" because doing my makeup and experimenting with new products is FUN for me and I enjoy doing it!

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  4. I voted for "almost never" because I have had only bad experience with makeup artists so far. Every time I decided to have my makeup done by someone else, I ended up looking terribly. So no more bravery for me, I will always do my makeup by myself.

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  5. I put "often" b/c I figured that whatever job this is probably requires a lot of early mornings... and I'd just rather sleep than get up and do my make up. Also to learn from these artists so I can do my own make up for other occasions too.

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  6. I answered "Always" because I'm just not that good at applying makeup. It seems like no matter how much I practice, no matter how many YouTube videos I watch, I can't seem to master certain skills (esp. with eye makeup). I would love to have a professional to turn to on a more regular basis (not just for formal events).

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  7. i answered "often" b/c although i feel i have my face routine mastered, i still struggle with any eye makeup beyond eyeliner & mascara. i have asian eyes, and i have to be very careful how i apply shadow. i would love to learn different techniques to make the eyeshadow look more natural. and lastly, i work in an environment where i attend alot of meetings/interact with alot of people daily so i feel like i'd get alot of use out of a MUA!

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  8. Hiya! I think I'd go to a pro if I had absolutely no time, for like a special occasion or something. But I think most of the pros end up making you look a tad cakey 'made-up' -no offense to anyone. Think I'm getting better at watching tutorials on YT, including yours Emily! I can do my own make-up for ANY occasion now:)

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  9. I'm with you. I would say on only on occasion so i could get new ideas. I enjoy doing my own make up as well!

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  10. @Katy, it's fun, innit? I'm wearing the bronze look to work today! It's come out so well, I tell you. I'm having so much funnn!

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  11. I answered "Always" then quickly realized I really should have chose "often". I enjoy doing my makeup, but I think I still have a lot to learn and having a makeup artist would help me with that.

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  12. for now i think i'd choose OFTEN, so that i can learn to be better, cause i love to play around and experiment myself too but learning it from an expert would be awesome, and after i think that i'm good enough in my own opinion then it'll be occasionally, such as for specific events =)

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  13. I didn't vote in this poll but I would have voted "only occasionally." I enjoy doing my makeup. Because of that, I'm not really interested in time-saving tricks. However I would like to have it done by someone else occasionally just out of laziness and possibly to learn new tricks and techniques.

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  14. I answered "maybe" because I am a make-up artist. I'm just picky I guess. I think some make-up artists get a bad rap because they can have "too heavy" a hand. That doesn't work for everyone. If I knew the person was great, then yes I would have it done all the time.

    Emily, even though this is my sometimes profession, I love seeing your ideas come to life. And I enjoy your feedback on products. One can never stop learning from others I believe. :D

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  15. I voted on this... I chose "only occasionally." I think I'd miss doing my own makeup - it's a pleasurable experience for me to do my own. Love trying new products and looks, and there's just something wonderful about taking a little time for myself and enjoying the softness of the brushes on my face, the smell of the products, and the creativity that comes with needing to decide what color to use... and how to use it! :)

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  16. I answered 'sometimes'. I am a Dental Hygienist and my face is covered with a mask and loupes (magnifying glasses) all day. I don't think it's very professional for me to be all "dolled up" with what I do for a living, and not very practical either. I enjoy doing my makeup on my days off though, and would love to have a makeup artist available whenever I wanted. Congrats on ELLE by the way!

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  17. I would check always because I don't know much about makeup and I could learn by watching the makeup artist do new looks.

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  18. "...my daily makeup routine is something I enjoy. It's a time for me to experiment with new products, try something new, and frankly, just have some quiet time before an undoubtedly hectic day gets underway." Emily you are wise beyond your years, girl! I'm a 37 year old busy, working Mom and I have learned, with the help of your tutorials, blog, and enthusiasm, to enjoy the time I take for myself!

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  19. Im a makeup artist and the OFTEN option will be mine.
    A MUA is important for some occasions but not always. People should learn, play and have fun with make.
    For weddings and special occasions you shouldnt play or expirience new things but for the rest of the year go ahead and have fun :)

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