So after my disappointment with my first hair and makeup trial, I decided that wedding-day narcissism, at least for me, had no bounds and I searched for another person to work with. I eventually found Aimee Lam through yelp, and set up an appointment with her for a trial (if Aimee's name sounds familiar, that's because Miss Cola is using her as well!).
The results? Aimee was amazing. Like, an artist, and very sweet and professional to boot. I had no idea you could do all that with makeup and hair. This is what I had wanted, a person in the bridal suite helping me to get ready who was a pleasure to work with, calming, and made me bee-yoo-tee-ful. Aimee even gave me a choice of three different facial washes when I first arrived! You had me at facial washes, Aimee!
I came armed with photos, including these:
Source (Mrs. Coconut!)
(this link goes to a phe-NAH-me-nal makeup post by Mrs. Plumeria)
I don't usually wear makeup so it was kind of a shock to see the makeup and the dramatic hair--however, two things happened. One, I was so friggin amazed with how Aimee made me look and, to be honest, how gorgeous I felt that I didn't care what she did, I just wanted her to work her magic. Second, the makeup settled down a little after a few hours and became more subtle.
This is me before:
Aaaannnddd....this is my makeup afterwards (pay no attention to the half-done hair, focus on the face).
(see half open mouth? I am clearly stunned)
I know it's a bit dramatic especially considering how I normally look, but I care not. I love it. I got airbrush foundation and false eyelashes. For someone who doesn't wear makeup, I really decided to go big.
I like this next pic because it shows all the fun STUFF that a makeup artist uses. While I don't wear much makeup on a regular basis, seeing all this makeup makes me giddy.
And here's...me again! From the front, just for good measure.
I have what is called jjak jae gee noon in Korean--my eyes are uneven. I like to think it's charming. In an annoying way.
As for my hair, here's Aimee furiously curling my too-long hair. And see why I like her? She's laughing at something I said which was clearly very very funny.
Here's the back of my hair:
Wow, that's a whole lotta curls
This is the overall style that I'm going for--hair pulled back in curls still with some texture up front, although in this pic there are a hella lotta curls. That is absolutely the result of my false belief that I needed to have Rapunzel hair in order to have an updo, not Aimee's doing. I caught the drift when Aimee subtly asked, "Sooo, do you always keep your hair... *this* long?" Yeah, so I'm going to chill out on the length a bit.
Here's how my eye makeup held up by the end of the day (and check out those false eyelashes!):
And finally, in case I want to let my hair down at the tail-end of the wedding and have a Pantene moment:
In the end, this was much, much more money than I had anticipated spending on hair and makeup. But I really don't care. This was important to me. After seeing how I felt after the first and failed trial, to know I was in good hands made the budget explosion worth it (I believe that many a bride has repeated this mantra in justifying unforeseen wedding expenses).
Anyone fall in love with a vendor's skill and just let them do as they please?