Makeup Debate: Natural vs. Neutral

Hi faithful readers!

I'm really trying hard to stay consistent with bringing you guys quality content, and semi-regularly occurring blog posts, lol. Today's topic is something that I'm surprised hasn't been talked about in 187,000 other blogs already: Natural vs Neutral, when it comes to makeup. 

It's something that happens to makeup artist so often, that after we get to a certain point career-wise, we don't even trip about it anymore, because we more than likely know what the client really meant, just by gauging how much makeup they normally wear. Allow me to set the scene: client sits down with makeup artist. Makeup artist asks what kind of look the client is going for, she says something to the effect of, "oh, you know, something natural, but pretty...", then the client proceeds to pull up a photo of Kim Kardashian or Carrie Underwood from Pinterest. The makeup artist re-creates the look, the client looks in the mirror, and the "OMG this is too much!" commentary begins. 

It's a rookie mistake on both ends. The makeup artist, for not pinpointing the aspects of the look that the client likes, and the client for not realizing just how much makeup Kim or Carrie is actually wearing. The above scenario is a heavily recurring one during bridal and prom season, and in the spirit of said seasons being currently underway (in the US & UK), I'm writing this to help out everyone involved, so that there are more happy clients, because when the client is happy, everyone is happy. 

All images shown are of my work.

Natural Makeup. Photography c/o DeWayne Rogers Photography, 2015, all rights reserved.

Natural Makeup. Photography c/o DeWayne Rogers Photography, 2015, all rights reserved.

As you can see in the above image, my model, Aiyana, is wearing makeup, but it's not obvious. She just looks youthful and radiant. Nothing is overpowering anything else in this look. She looks fresh and healthy. She has on foundation, concealer, blush, highlighting powder, lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, setting powder, mascara, brow pencil and gel, as well as a cream eyeshadow on her eyelids, but most of that in completely undetectable. This, ladies and gentlemen, is NATURAL makeup. There is nothing about this look that screams "I HAVE ON MAKEUUUUUP!!!!!" 

In the image below, my model Hillary clearly has on makeup. No, her skin isn't loaded up with any heavy products, but she has a smoky eye, done with black and brown shadows (remember, black is a neutral color), false lashes, sculpted brows, contouring products, blush, bronzer around the perimeter of her face, lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, highlighting powder, and eye liner, on top of a full coverage foundation, undereye concealer, and setting powder. Now, yes, she is unbelievable stunning (she's one of my favorite faces to work on), and the makeup is gorgeous (if I do say so myself, lol), but it's definitely not natural. Nothing about a smoky eye is natural. LOL. There are most certainly ways to create a very understated smoky eye, but as long as the client understands that it will be noticeable, and is comfortable with that, all will be right between the two of you. 

I hope this post has been of assistance to you guys, in one way or another! Until next time, 

Stay beautiful. <3

Neutral makeup. Image c/o Keith Saunders Photography, 2015, All rights reserved.

Neutral makeup. Image c/o Keith Saunders Photography, 2015, All rights reserved.