Post # 1
Ever since booking an engagement session, I’ve been in turbo mode trying to find a makeup look that works for me. Being a total n00b at makeup, I went to the Chanel counter at Macy’s for tips on eyeshadow colors and application. First, she loaded up the brush with tons of taupe shadow and put it almost all over my lid. Then she dabbed pink on the inside. I kept commenting that it was far too much taupe in too dark a shade, but she insisted on ‘finishing the look’ with eyeliner. I obviously couldn’t watch her put the liner on, but when I held up the mirror the site was terrible. It was as if there as an earthquake at the time I had my eyes closed. The liner was wayyyy too thick and the line was smudgy in some places and straight in others. Also, the shadow was not blended at all.
I’m no makeup expert but I KNOW it wasn’t supposed to look like that. I felt so ridiculous I wiped it off almost immediately and regret not having taken a picture for proof. But trust me, it was terrible.
Is there a better counter to go to?
Post # 3
i don’t know of a better one, but my experience with MAC went something like this:
MAC=i looked like a drag queen
Post # 4
I loved my MAC experience. I thought the finished product at Clinique looked nice, but it got shiny/oily and wore off very quickly. The lady there told me they don’t do primer, but they did a moisturizer that works like a primer. Not really the same.
Post # 5
I think the key to finding a place to do your make up or suggest make up to you, is somewhere you know they need proper training. For example, at MAC they are required to have been trained properly, whereas some other places they are not. I had my make up done at Caryl Baker Visage several times. I’m not sure if they have Caryl Baker in the US, but it’s a place that does like make-up, waxing, hair etc. They have a club that you can buy into for like $20 and you get all sorts of special deals including free make-up once a month. Maybe try out a place like that?
Post # 6
This has more to do with the employees than the brand. I think that the best thing to do is check out the women behind the counters before you approach one. Make sure you like the way she does her own makeup before you ask her to do yours.
Post # 7
I had a pretty good experience with Bobby Brown, but the counter I went to for my wedding was a different line and I didn’t like the look at all- I actually went home and redid it myself. I asked for a darker, defined eye, and she went overboard on the lipstick instead and pretty much put only mascara on my eyes. Didn’t love it.
Also, keep in mind that if you buy anything from the counter it’s going to be pretty expensive. Both times I have been at counters, each product I have bought has cost 20 dollars. I swear that’s their standard pricing for ANYTHING!
Post # 8
My sister had her make-up done for prom once. They put on cakey orange foundation and absurdly dark eye make-up. She cried the whole way home, washed her face, and did her make-up herself. When I brought up the possibility of hiring a MUA for my wedding, she said she’d never let another person come near her face with make-up, ever again. Poor thing.
Post # 9
My best experience was at sephora with a male employee! I swear he was fantastic! I’m planning on doing my own make up and told him i wanted a soft, romanti look with emphasis on my eyes. I left there feeling soo beautiful! I ended up paying like 30 bucks for an eyeshadow though… but I love it, so it’s worth it 🙂
My worst experience was at the MAC counter. I looked like i had a mask on and when i told the girl i didnt like that much foundation she called 3 co-workers over to agree with her and convince me it looked good! EEW!
Post # 10
Mac was the best exeprience I’ve ever had, and I’ve been to a lot of counters. Elizabeth Arden is my second choice.
I’m getting my wedding makeup done at Mac. The cost is a $50 purchase. For me, Mac is at Macy’s, and I have a gift card I got via Mypoints.com for free, so my Maid/Matron of Honor and I will be getting our makeup done, plus $50 worth of product, free (I’ll tip, of course).
Post # 11
I really loved my Sephora experience. I came out looking like a more striking, beautiful version of myself. It looked like I was wearing make-up, but it was polished and tasteful.
I looked like a drag queen when I left the MAC store, and looked like I wasn’t wearing any makeup after I left the Clinique counter.
Post # 12
MAC was my worst experience. They used yellow/green eyeshadow on me??? I have green eyes, it made 0 sense. I think the girl just decided to be creative. My best experience was at the Lancome counter when their head regional make up artist (something like that) did my makeup. Best smoky eye ever.
Post # 13
Sephora has served me well, but I think that is because they have access to like, every make-up on earth.
Post # 14
I guess it really depends on the staff. I had a bad experience at Sephora (totally the wrong color foundation) and loved Mac…so I think you’ll need to test some out.
Post # 15
Granted this was nine (eek) years ago now, but I got my graduation/prom makeup done at the Clinique counter and it was great.
Post # 16
I got my makeup done by Clinique for my prom in 2007 LOVED it ..i went to MAC before our wedding and hated how dark she made my eyes..i really depends on the makeup artist thu…but i feel Cilinique is more of a natural look..My friend got hers done at Estee Lauder and it was not soo bad 🙂 here is a picture of me at Prom: