Eyebrow Love by Ms Moo Make Up
Posted 174 days ago
Ms Moo Make Up talks red eyebrows, asking for what you want and not being intimidated by know-it-all ‘professionals’!
People who know me in real life know what I’m like with my eyebrows.
I’ve had red hair for the last maybe 6 or 7 years (apart from a short lived black-blip!) in varying shades and I always have matching eyebrows.
I have to buy many different lipliners to make sure my eyebrows match from day to day, depending on what shade my hair is and if it’s been washed or not!
(ruby+diva: now that, people, is serious eyebrow love!)
But back to eyebrows, I’m somewhat particular.
Sometime in 2008, I was treated to a shoot in a big studio in Manchester. Unfortunately, we didn’t realise at the time it was one of those soulless places that churn you along a production line of make up and hair, and where an unpleasant photographer will then guide you through sets. We live, we learn!
Either way, I was already wary of the make up artist playing with my face (I kept thinking, argh I’m on the wrong side of the seat!) and when I looked in the mirror after, my eyebrows were wonky… and brown.
I will always remember saying ‘oh! I usually do them red to match my hair’ in a polite joking way, to which they responded with utter disgust on their face ‘honey, they don’t look natural that way, eyebrows aren’t meant to be red’.
I was stunned but I laughed and said ‘So I was born like this?!’, pointing to my bright red hair and laughing a little with my friend. Inside I was fuming and saying it with added tone and expletives…!
Instead they pursed their lips, squinted their eyes, half smiled at me and then whipped their hair around as they 180degree-d away from me and strutted off, leaving me open mouthed. How condescending!
The purpose of my longer-than-I-wanted rambling story is the utter POWER of customer service – you’re a woman and 9/10 of you will know what you want. If you’re not happy with something make sure you tell your make-up artist/hairstylist/dress designer etc. And I mean, tell them straight away!! This is the whole point of a trial. The good ones will want you to be happy.
A mutual respect for client, customer and employer is ALWAYS needed. Had I had a bit more gumption about me, I’d have told the make-up artist’s boss that day about their behaviour and how it made me feel. If I’d treated someone like that on their wedding day (hell, any day!) I’d be mortified.
Second point of the story is that as a make-up artist, if a client is particular about something (their eyeliner or eyebrow shape) I let them do it. No matter what training I’ve had or how many years I’ve been doing make-up, if a client wants to do something themselves I’ll let them.
I’d hope that anyone who worked with me and didn’t like something would tell me and I’d hate to think someone was unhappy later down the line.
As such, I’ll never let another person touch my eyebrows!