If you remember, I told you that I had a free bridal make up trial voucher from Lakmé. Till now, I haven’t even spared a minute to think about who will be my make up artist (MUA) and now that its just two months to go for the wedding, I thought its high time to get over the photographer fiasco and move on to other priorities of the wedding function.
I had received my e-voucher weeks back (last month in fact) and I called up the nearby Lakmé salon to cross check if my voucher was valid. That took close to two weeks…No exaggeration. While Lakmé was happily distributing its vouchers to anybody and everybody who was a soon to be bride, they simply forgot to mention their offer to all their outlets.
From receptionists telling me that they will check with their managers, and call me back (which did not happen on multiple occasions) to not having a ‘bridal’ makeup artist available at their (big) salon, I went through it all. I sometimes felt that they just simply didn’t want to take it up…but alas, one fine day after much yelling…I finally got my appointment….saturday 12:00 noon sharp !
What a relief…I am finally getting my first bridal makeup trial 😀 This is going to be epic ^_^ [fail is what I forgot to add at the end of the sentence]
So anyhow, by 11:45 I am ready and out of the house. My mum tagged along with me. It was equally fascinating for her to see how her kiddo will end up looking after a bridal makeup. I was told by the Lakmé people that the session would go on till 1-1:30 p.m. at max. So we thought we will quickly go finish up and then come back for some lunch back at home.
I reached there sharp at 12:00 and sat in their reception area for 10-15 mins till they validated my voucher. I had a look at their Lakmé Bridal Stylist catalogue, which honestly was ok…only because every picture had the model wearing subtle shade of pink outfit which ultimately got all the model photos with the same kind of make up being done. No reds, no corals, orange or any other color….I found that superbly strange. Thankfully, for me…my Lehenga is pink so I had plenty of idea of what could be done for my eye makeup and overall look.
By 12:20 pm I was taken inside their bridal makeup room which was honestly quite nice. It was secluded and they had those lights all around the mirror. It felt quite fancy. A senior bridal make up artist was assigned to me and she came in for consultation.
I showed her my Lehenga dupatta, told her about my event, all the details…that my wedding was a night wedding…how I was not at all pro makeup and that she should suggest something that will work on my skin tone and my face. She was quite nice to talk to, and she patiently asked me questions after questions hearing me out.
As we were talking, the manager (I think that’s what she was) came in and requested that I excuse the senior artist for like 10 mins. There was an angry customer waiting for a long time, and she needed her to do her hair wash. Since I was so happy (till then) with the senior artist, and because I did not want to cause a ruckus for a small thing I said ok, no worries.
First grave mistake of the day…
From 12:30 pm, she came back at 1:45 pm ! I was supposed to be home by now. At first, me and my mum were just gossiping about, so we didn’t bother much. We were looking through the magazines and it was fine. Then after a while it got really pissing off and I still felt, lets just give them another 5 mins…because as it is I have come for a free makeup trial and this is just how things usually are. But they really took us for granted.
As I am recalling the whole incident, even while I am typing this…its just making me so mad. You don’t expect such things from a professional setup. I finally had to storm out of my room to see what is happening only to find the senior artist is blow drying that customers hair. Which ideally means she gave her a head wash – hair cut – and was on the final stages of completing that assignment.
I went to find that manager and I started yelling at her. She on the other hand, must be used to this, gently pushed me back into the room, closed the door and tried to sort out the mess. She held both my hands, apologized and still requested for additional time. I mean the guts, seriously…. It was 2:00 pm now.
Anyhow, after this the senior artist finally showed up and thus started my first bridal makeup trial. I was told that it will be a half face makeup only so that I get to see the before after. I didn’t have much of a say in that so I said ok go ahead.
From here on, it only goes down and down and further down…
She used a moisturizer and then a concealer followed by compact. She said at Lakmé, they do not use a liquid foundation anymore. She then filled in my eyebrow which I found thoda sa strange looking, but I guess I am just not used to it. After that she moved to the eye shadows, she used a gold and a dark pink shade, which I didn’t find that flattering for my skin color. She used a LOT of kajal instead of any waterproof liner, as it would be easier to take it off.
I kept my mouth shut and let her do her artistry on me. After all, I am a complete newbie when it comes to anything makeup related and here I was being worked upon by a ‘senior artist’. Who am I then to judge her expertise?
And then this happened…
Sorry for the bad picture quality, these are all phone pictures 🙁 For someone like me, who is a zero in makeup, this was such a huge setback to the self confidence. I know it might sound silly, but I was superbly upset yesterday. I started thinking that may be some faces are not meant to get any makeup done. Especially since I have such big eyes, I think it needed to be downplayed rather than highlighted. But this may be I didn’t know at the time, but given someone with professional experience, I expected them to not make such a grave error.
The justification the Lakmé lady gave me was, guests can’t see anything from far if you do not highlight your ‘features’. This is the only occasion when you need to look different. At that time, I wanted to tell her different should mean good different, and not something like another species altogether.
Even the way Lakmé filled out my eyebrow, it looks like its competing towards touching my lash line 🙄
I hate sharing my pictures looking like this, but just want you to have a look and tell me, that I am not insane to think that I am sort of resembling a half faced kathakali dancer !
I went with the intention that jo hoga dekha jaayega, this is the first bridal makeup trial, I am not going to be fussy about anything. Lets see may be they might do something magical. So in a way I am telling myself that what happened is a good thing. I know exactly what NOT to do and that’s also equally important to know.
So I thank you Lakmé for letting me find that out…but in my opinion after what I witnessed… I feel…
You should stick to your fashion weeks rather than do anything bridal for any brides-to-be !
P.S. I left the salon at 3:30 pm…
For those of you who love my ‘bridal’ trial look 😀 and want to know how much a Lakme bridal makeup costs, I found out that for a single event makeup + touchup + hairstyle + dupatta/saree draping, they charge around 18k including taxes.
May be it was this one salon that backfired, may be the other ones are actually fantastic…so I wouldn’t say don’t go for it…a makeup trial is mandatory…so you should try it out at least. May be it may work for you.
I am not going ahead with them…
There is still more to what I did at the Lakme salon…will share that soon with you all… Happy weekend 🙂