Make Me Pretty: The Trial

Y’all, like I mentioned in my last post, there’s a hodge podge of things coming at you—so much has happened in the past few weeks, time is flying by, and things are getting checked off the list so quickly that I can’t keep up! (Which is definitely a good thing. ;) )

I was going for Miley makeup—something pretty neutral and a little smokey on the eyes, but with big, big lashes. You see, I’m a bad example of how to wear makeup because while I wash my face daily, I don’t take my mascara off until the last possible day that it looks acceptable. I like my eyelashes to be super big, and since I have zero skills in applying makeup, false lashes aren’t in my future.


Photo via Fanpop / Miley’s Oscar 2010 look (I’m crazy obsessed with that Jenny Packham dress!)

So with all that said, here’s the before and after! (I’d like to point out that my eyes were NOT supposed to be closed, but Momma Otter took the photo and didn’t think to alert me to the fact that I closed my eyes. Sigh.)


Personal photo / Talk about a confidence boost!

And more about the vendor, because I can’t say enough good things about them! For makeup, I booked EyeMAX, a hair and makeup boutique that’s rapidly growing—they actually just opened their second studio in downtown Indianapolis. I read some reviews about them, all good, and decided to call and book the trial for sooner rather than later. I decided on just a random Saturday, which was perfect because it allowed Momma Otter to come along.

My makeup artist is named Jillian, and she was amazing to work with. She took the photos and basically duplicated them…just on my face. Momma Otter kept making all these comments throughout the process, and when I finally got to see my face I totally understood why. That before and after is crazy!


Personal photos / And this is 12 hours later… Still looking great!

My only complaint? I don’t like having anything on my lips, so I need to get adjusted to that prior to the big day if I’m sticking with a gloss. If not, we’ll just change the lip—easy fix!

If you’re an Indy bride and looking for a makeup artist, you definitely need to consider EyeMAX; they’re well worth it. In fact, I’ll be going back with Best Friend J the day of my bachelorette party and I can’t wait!

Oh and just a fun fact: I totally wore those falsies for at least four days. I know, I know—bad habit. But they still looked awesome! ;)


Mrs. Otter

Indianapolis, IN
Wedding Date:
April 2013

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2002 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:04 am

    Woww you look gorgeous!!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 11:14 am

    You look absolutely beautiful!! :)

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    erclay 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:17 am

    I’m an Indy bride, and I really want to know if they would travel to Fort Wayne for the wedding day. Cause I don’t have any body for hair/makeup. Thanks!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1411 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:33 am

    I like your look!

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    whocalledforcrazy 14 posts, Newbee @ 11:40 am

    You look really amazing in these pictures!

    I hate lip makeup too! The Fresh Sugar lip chapsticks (i can’t remember their exact name, but they’re at sephora) are expensive but nice. They have as much color as lip gloss but feel like chapstick.

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    hlayers 286 posts, Helper bee @ 12:08 pm

    I’m an Indy bride as well! Thanks so much for this, I’m just now starting to think about my makeup and big lashes is something I definitely want!

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    Mrs. Fox 1634 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:26 pm

    You look GORGEOUS!!! Such an elegant but still kind of natural look!

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    mrshollinger 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:38 pm

    Love that look! She did an awesome job!

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    Mrs. Lemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 5:37 pm

    Oh you look amazing!! This almost makes me want to have someone do my makeup for my wedding now…

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:17 pm

    You look beautiful, very natural yet glamorous!

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    mzjynxie 635 posts, Busy bee @ 6:30 pm

    You looked great!

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    carol, Guest @ 6:41 pm

    This is going to sound odd but have you tried getting your eyelashes dyed? I have done it a couple of times. It stings a bit while it is being done, but it is great after. Without anything on, it looks like you have a perfect coat of mascara on but just looking natural. I did it when I was swimming a lot, and it lasted about three weeks. I usually get it done at Benefit ( because I know their product is safe.

    As much flack as Miley gets, she knows how to rock her hair and makeup, no matter what look she is going for. The crazier her hair, the more she works it. I wish I had the confidence to pull of her current hair style (shaved sides and platinum blonde) with such gusto.

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    Mrs. Mongoose 726 posts, Busy bee @ 7:51 pm

    You look gorgeous and it’s fantastic that the make-up still held up after 12 hours–that’s the most important thing!

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:05 pm

    I love the color on your eyes.
    I couldn’t stand the false lashes, the day of the trial I took them off as soon as I got home.

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    MrsFutureG 1696 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:43 am

    Smokey! That’s the term. Thank you. I want a mostly natural look and smokey eyes but until you said it, I couldn’t make the words properly form.

    You look beautiful!

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