Everyone loves a make over, especially when it is free. You could pay hundreds of dollars at a professional salon to get a master hair stylist to recommend the best hair cut and color for your facial features and skin tone. But why pay all that money when you can do it yourself with this simple program.
The Mary Kay Virtual Makeover is free and a lot of fun. Get together with your friends and have a makeover party. Those who are little more computer savvy can assist those with less talent at taking photos, loading them, and setting up your makeover workshop.
With the Mary Kay Virtual Makeover, you get to choose makeup, hair color, and hair styles from a huge variety of selections. Turn your lips any color from Frosted Rose to Downtown Brown. There are 32 shades of lipstick to choose from, 11 lip liners and multiple shades of lip gloss. And that’s just the lip products.
Also available are tons of eye color choices that will make your eyes pop out with the click of your mouse. With bright shades of eye shadow, mineral eye colors, and radiant bronzing highlighting creams, there are endless possibilities to achieving the new you. You can apply the eyeshadow in a variety of ways to create an amazing new look.
Once you complete your eye shadow, you also get to select from multicolored eyeliner and mascara. The eye settings allow you to choose from a variety of application styles that will give you anything from a punk Asian look to a conservative soft appearance. Choose a shimmering shade for your cheek color and your facial look is complete. If you don’t like the way your photo looks with your selections, they offer a consultation that gives you an instant makeover with per-determined selections that match. Just click “Get Makeup Artist Looks.”
The only thing I don’t like about the makeup application is that it doesn’t offer an eyebrow liner to pencil in your brows. If you have thin, plucked, eyebrows like I do, that can make your forehead look massive. The program also doesn’t address foundation issues to give you a radiant glow that comes with a live makeover. To correct these problems, just be sure to apply a nice even coat of foundation and touch up any oily shine with a buff of powder. Then complete your brows with your regular pencil before taking your base photo.
I like the fact that this program allows you to load a picture of your own face. There’s no better way to see what you look like after a makeover, than to “see what you look like” after a makeover. You can choose to utilize one of their existing models with similar features if you can’t figure out how to get a good photo of yourself loaded into the program, but it doesn’t feel the same to me. And besides, it is so cool to see how you look with 15 different hairstyles.
Once you finish your facial makeover, you get to choose your hairstyle. There are tons of these to select from as well. You can choose your style first, then add color, or the other way around. I like to get the color choice selected first. It can make all the difference in the final appearance and change your mind about the style if the color looks bad. Try a basic color first, thumb through the styles, then add some highlights or low lights. This is my favorite part of the program.
As I completed each look with my final hair style and color, I took a picture of my computer screen to save each choice I liked even the slightest, then asked for a second opinion from friends and family after I lined them all up on a single sheet of paper. That takes a little computer knowledge to do, but I’m sure if you ask around you can find someone to help you compose a page like the one I have in the picture (upper left side). This spreadsheet of head shots will be a blessing each time I go to the salon for a different look. I will be able to convey to the stylist exactly what I want and I will feel confident about my choice. (Look Through Elle’s Articles to find detailed instructions on photo tactics and how-to steps using Word for photo layouts.)
I am going this weekend to get my hair done and it will be interesting to see exactly how close the stylist can get to achieving the look I select. I will then take a second photo and compare them side by side with the stylists name and a review of the salon. I am so excited I can’t wait. Look at my content for future articles about hair stylists in the St. Charles, Missouri area and to see my posted photos after the Haircut).