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I paid $300 for a one on one makeup lesson with a professional makeup artist, here is what I learned. : MakeupAddiction

I commented somewhere else on Reddit (here) that I paid for a one on one makeup lesson and a lot of people had questions that I thought I would answer on the appropriate sub.

Why I payed $300 for just a lesson:

I grew up extremely poor, homeless and in foster care. My last home before I turned 18 was really religious so no makeup allowed. I didn’t worry too much because I knew I could just learn later on. I’m 24 now and I basically never went through the awkward terrible makeup phase that was okay in high school but not in adulthood lol. I spent so much money on makeup that I was like VIB or something like that at Sephora 2 years ago, I would do one on one looks there but they were not flattering for some reason and I couldn’t figure out why. I got fed up and decided to find someone to teach me after I saw this documentary on women’s comportment for trans women. After I saw this documentary I started looking for just a makeup artist and liked the first person I found near me and went to her. She did some editorial work as well as weddings and a lot of natural looks, lots of ad campaigns as well as for Huge companies. Other people did more wedding-glam.. which is pretty but I was so new I need to learn a lot before I worried about something like that.

So for starters if you are skilled at makeup in any way none of this information will be that useful because it was so so basic. There is no right or wrong way to do makeup this is just what I learned and what helped me. Half the lesson was just pointing out the obvious. The first thing she asked me was to bring any viable makeup you already owned and she would go through and sort out what works and what doesn’t. Her logic was to keep you from buying more stuff but I wanted a fresh start so I just brought the mascara I use and we spent the next 3-4 hours on a very simple look.

So for primer she had me use Coola Classic Sunscreen as a primer, I liked it. It wasn’t what I imagined but after she matched me with a foundation I realized why she wasn’t super concerned with expensive primers.

She then matched me to Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in shade #2. This part is where I felt she was worth every penny. At Sephora I was color matched as really pale and really yellow (5Y01). I was pale which is easy to work with but my undertone was so yellow she was worried I had jaundice. Rather than trying to match my yellowness she went in the opposite direction and went for a slightly neutral color to correct my shallowness. It was the first moment in my life I looked better with foundation on making me look more like a 2Y03. It still looks too dark but it’s because my face is tanner than my neck and hairline for some reason. She then promptly taught me how to use a foundation brush which is actually kinda hard to explain other than light feathery strokes. I can look for videos that show it but you really want to watch makeup artists on YouTube like Lisa Eldridge or Wayne Goss, other gurus are just too rough with their foundation.

The next thing she worked on was my eyes and brows, it was pretty on par with what everyone here suggests to do, and I have pretty nice brows so I don’t have to do much. My eyelids are uneven and hooded and so she helped me try to make them look even. At this point I am just considering surgery because one eyelid looks cute and the other looks like Steve Buscemi it’s just a mess lol.

The next thing was applying setting powder. She had me carefully press a fluffy brush into the powder then tap it on the corner of the chair to get the excess off and then carefully just place it onto the skin. There was no swiping or rubbing, it was a very delicate process that required picking up more powder as you go.

For eyeliner she had me use a very soft pencil and just dot in between the eyelashes slowly trying to connect the line. She recommends against holding the eyelid taught and dragging liner across because it distorts the line and can cause wrinkles. It was just enough that it made my eyelashes look fuller and wasn’t covered by my eyelid.

The next was lashes which I thought I understood, I used her curler and it changed my life. She had me start closer to the base of the lash and to really get uncomfortably close to my eyelid. I’ve never pinched my eyelids in my new curler so if you have that problem maybe look into a new one. The next was applying mascara. Rather in one fell swoop like every covergirl commercial you want hold it like a pencil and only use the very tip. To everyone else it looks like you are about to stick a mascara wand in your eye but it’s a great way to deposit the product on the eyelashes without missing any lashes or getting too much and ending up with spider lashes. The other thing I learned was if you get mascara on your lid or under eye area to wait till it dries and then flick it off with a q-tip rather than smear wet mascara everywhere. It seemed obvious but it wasn’t for me.

Finally after cleaning the under eye area she had me put on concealer. Her logic is Incase there is any fall out you don’t have to remove it and reapply it again. She taught me how with a brush but I’ve gotten lazy and started using my finger to do it. Her other tip that really changed my game was to use Laura Mercier Secret Brightening loose powder to set the under eye concealer and it was the only thing that’s kept my under eye from creasing.

For blush she had me place my two fingers in the hollows of my cheeks and using that as a guide for where to place blush. Her advice was to start close to the hairline and blend towards the face rather than starting inside and working outside. For my lips she had me try a coral-rose color. In the tube it looks like something a grandmother would wear and the name dusty rose almost confirmed it but it was a really flattering my lips but better color. She had me feather the edges out with my finger to give it a more natural look.

This was everything I bought/ recommended:


  • FOUNDATION Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #2

  • LOOSE SETTING POWDER Laura Mercier Translucent Loose powder

  • CHEEK COLOR -Bobbi Brown blush in Coral Sugar

  • EYE BASIC NARS pro-prime smudge proof eyeshadow eye base

  • EYE COLOR MAC brûlée and Wedge eyeshadow

  • EYE PENCIL -MAC Power Point Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown

  • BROW POWDER DUO – Anastasia Brow Duo in Blonde LIPSTICK – Laura Mercier – Creme Smooth Lipstick in Spiced Rose

  • it cosmetics tightline mascara


  • LAURA MERCIER brow definer

  • LAURA MERCIER camouflage powder brush

  • LAURA MERCIER cheek colour

  • LAURA MERCIER eye brow groomer

  • LAURA MERCIER eye colour

  • shiseido eyelash curler

  • MAKEUP FOREVER concealer 226

  • MAKEUP FOREVER foundation 106

  • MAKEUP FOREVER powder 128

  • EYE PENCIL SHARPENER MAC eye pencil sharpener

I am hesitant to post a photo of the look because it took me 5 hours to get home from walking San Francisco’s hills and riding on bart and eating a burrito before I had a chance to take a picture and I’m not sure that’s fair to the MUA to put her work out there in that condition but I still look good and it’s my only documentation so here it is: //imgur.com/a/Ir4oede

Edit: forgot to add mascara

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