(Closed) Anyone with recent experiences at a MAC counter?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@FutureMrsJohnston:  I would never trust a MAC employee to do my makeup. They’re notorious for having over the top makeup (it’s required to work there), and they do that sort of makeup on their clients. They have great eye makeup and lip makeup, but I would never, ever, ever let them do my makeup. I’d say go to Sephora and pray that you get someone who is good at makeup (it’s a hit or miss there). 


Also, if you’re trying to teach yourself how to do makeup, the people at http://www.reddit.com/r/makeupaddiction are absolutely amazing. They have a ton of sidebar links that can teach you everything you’d ever want to know, and you can always ask them questions if you want to know more. That’s where I learned everything I know about makeup. That, and YouTube. There are a lot of great makeup artists that upload tutorials on YouTube.

Post # 4
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t have personal experience, but my friend used MAC for her bridal shower make up and absolutely loved it! She went with another artist for the wedding and regrets not using MAC again! 

Post # 5
14750 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I use Mac ladies all the time. It’s free during the week and they have a 50 purchase requirements on the weekends. I loved my makeup for my wedding that she did. I use the same girl all the time,luckily she has been there for a few years. I’m not sure if they can freelance and come to you, but I don’t think they can but worth asking about.

Post # 6
6750 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I ALWAYS go to a MAC counter to get my makeup done!!I usually do it before weddings. This July, I went to a MAC counter and got my makeup done for being in my friend’s wedding AND she showed me how to change up the same colors so I can get other makeup looks for other events. She showed me how to do it so I was able to do it myself the next day. I LOVE MAC.

My friend got her makeup done by a MAC girl for her wedding – she went in, asked for what she wanted, bought the whole thing and asked the girl to come do it for her on the day of. My other friend went there the morning before her bridal shower to get her makeup done as a trial for her big day (bc she also didn’t like her professional trial).

It’s NOT true that their makeup is “always” over the top – you get what you ask for. Bring samples of makeup you like and they CAN replicate it.

You have to buy 4 pieces usually to get a full makeover. But, if you don’t like what they do, just tell them what you don’t like and they’re supposed to re do it.

Post # 7
5651 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

In my experience the MAC counter doesn’t do a great job (although they do have great qualty makeup).  In my experience the most importan thing a makeup artist does is make your skin look luminous and amazing, and the people at the mac counter have never done that for me.  Maybe things have changed.

Post # 10
5651 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@FutureMrsJohnston:  What area do you live in?  If you happen to be around Vancouver (long shot, I know) I have the BEST MUA.

I’d suggest asking around for recomendations from friends/online.

Post # 11
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@FutureMrsJohnston:  I used to work as a freelance makeup artist at MAC. There is a $50 makeup purchase requirement to get a full makeup done. most of the makeup artists at MAc work as freelance artists as well so if there is someone that you like definitely inquire if they would be available for ur wedding!

Post # 12
20 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had my make-up done at MAC for my graduation photos. The girl that did my make-up was very careful that she chose the appropriate products so that my make-up would turn out great on photos (e.g. she made sure not to use stuff that would be shiny, sparkly, reflect, etc). I asked her for a Kim Kardashian look and that’s exactly what I got (although to be honest, she did go a lot more natural than what I asked her for since she said it wasn’t appropriate to have too much make-up on my grad photos). The end results were great and my pictures turned out amazing. I even had people stop me at the photographers to tell me how great my make-up looked 🙂 I paid $55 in total but that involved me having to buy $55 worth of MAC stuff – which is not difficult at all 😉

Post # 13
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I used MAC for my wedding and I absolutely loved it. She did exactly what I asked and was very good at picking out great colours and I liked that I could purchase the products vs paying for the service. She also did my Mom’s make-up for my wedding (my Mom’s was waaaay less dramatic) and hers turned out great as well.

Post # 14
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Are you totally committed to MAC?  I love their products, but I had the MUA at the Nordstrom  Bobbie Brown counter do my engagement makeup and she did a beautiful job!  It was $50, which was then applied to the cost of my product purchase that day.   Totally a great deal! 

Post # 15
1377 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

@FutureMrsJohnston:  I think in general it’s very hit or miss with MUA in general. I have found the key is to use someone who’s make up on themselves is similar to what you are looking for to be for for yourseld. Ie: if they are over the top on themselves, they will probably (but not always) do over the top on you as well. However, you also have to voice your opinons, wants and dislikes, what you would like to enhance, etc. before they start.

Sorry you didn’t enjoy it.

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