One morning, as I was going through my usual makeup routine I started to really think about what I was doing: was I using the right moisturizer before my foundation? Was I applying concealer that made my fine lines look worse? Is there another way I can define my brows without painstakingly drawing on tiny hairlike strokes? It then occurred to me that maybe I should ask a professional rather than just hoping someday the answers would magically pop into my head. So that's exactly what I did.
This is the story of how I decided to seek the help of a professional makeup artist. But not just any makeup artist. I wanted the help of Hannah Martin, the the wedding makeup artist to Princess Eugenie.
One scroll through her Instagram and you'll see three things: glowing skin, minimal-but-beautiful eye makeup, and before-and-after photos that show the same person but just an enhanced version of themselves. Basically, it's everything I wanted from my own makeup. Add the fact that she's incredibly down to earth (you'll love her after listening to just one episode of her podcast with fellow makeup artist, Lisa Potter-Dixon, "Life and Lipstick"), and I knew she'd be the perfect person to give me kind and constructive criticism about my makeup.
Luckily, she was game. So on an average Wednesday morning, I apprehensively tipped out the contents of my makeup bag — a mix of high street and high-end products — for Martin to inspect while we sat together in a coffee shop just off Oxford Street. One by one, we discussed each product choice and application technique (many of which I was doing wrong), and she gave me advice on where I could improve. Keep reading to see all of the tips Hannah Martin gave me during an hour-long makeup lesson. Myself and my makeup bag will be forever thankful.