This week, I tried out a makeover at Emma Farrell Creative Studios. As someone who usually just throws some mascara on and calls it a day, I was very happy to hand over the reins to a real live makeup artist. And boy, was that a good decision. Nay, a great decision. After 40 minutes in their lovely studio, I went from bare-faced to total beauty queen. Read (and see) the proof below.
1. In good hands
Whether you’re a makeup junkie or a gal who usually goes without, it’s really cool to have an experienced professional work on your makeup. Samantha, the makeup artist I worked with, said she does everything from wedding cosmetics to going out makeup, body paint and bold looks for fashion shoots. As she expertly applied my makeup, she took my vague request for “Something not crazy, maybe? I’m going back to the office after this,” and created a subtle but lovely look, picking a palette that complemented my colouring and upped my glamour factor.
2. Getting ready is relaxing (for once)
Getting ready for a big event or trying out a new look can be incredibly stressful. As your makeup gets the best of you, questions flood your brain: Why is liquid eyeliner so messy? How do I do eyeliner wings that are even? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS STUPID MASCARA AND WHY IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE? At EF Creative Studios, it’s easy to slide into a chair and relax, knowing you’re in good hands. Plus, the staff are perfectly lovely and always up for a chat.
3. Your two cents
It can be a little daunting to fully trust anyone else with your makeup and hair. Style choices are intensely personal, especially when it comes to makeup . . . and a bad makeover can be a complete nightmare.
At EF Creative Studios, there’s no danger of ending up with a look you hate. They’re able to take very specific requests or work with you to decide what makeup will suit you and your occasion best. I went in with no idea what I wanted and very little makeup knowledge, and instead of overwhelming me with questions or totally taking over, Samantha had me make little choices along the way to create a look I liked. It was easy and fun to simply give my approval to her choices and answer little questions along the way like, “So, eyeshadow . . . shimmery or matte?”
4. Look #FLAWLESS
After an enjoyable makeover process, I took to the streets – and Snapchat – feeling hot to trot with my new look. For the rest of the night, I was thrilled with my gloriously photogenic face, and was showered with compliments when I met up with my friends after work. “Oh, your makeover must have been today!” they shrieked. “You look amazing!” If only I could start every day getting made over at EF Creative Studios.
5. Staying power
Ah, time, that relentless foe of even the most carefully applied makeup. What good is a makeover when it almost immediately melts off your face? Given the typical rainy weather and the fact that my plans for the night included crying my eyes out during a performance of the musical Once, I was a little worried about how my makeup would hold up. However, the rain and tears were unable to dislodge my expertly applied cosmetics, so hours later I still looked surprisingly put together.
All in all: no matter what the occasion, a trip to EF Creative Studios is sure to be lots of fun, and you’ll leave with a look that both suits and pleases you. They’re simply the best, so on important days when you can’t have your makeup letting you down, they’re a natural choice to take care of your cosmetic needs. Plus, if you’re itching to learn how to create fabulous looks all on your own, you can take a class! They’ve got lessons galore (of special note: a new workshop called Ageless Beauty for over 40s to brush up on makeup and skincare, and get the lowdown on cosmetics products). So, go it alone, bring a group, or take a class! And remember just how much fun makeup can be.