(Closed) Makeup artist from department store – how does that work?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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3332 posts
Sugar bee

I think this could vary between counters and department stores, but here’s my experience.  First, I’d suggest chosing a counter that you’re at least somewhat familiar with in terms of look and products. Do some research online and try to find a brand whose products appeal to you AND match your vision of your wedding day look.  Some gals look for a very dramatic look and others want something more natural.  

After you have a brand in mind, I’d go to the counter and explain that you’re looking for a makeup artist for your wedding day, and would like to do a trial.  It’s possible you’ll have to schedule a time in advance, depending on availability. If you like how the trial goes, then you can book the person for your actual wedding day. If you decide to book, check to see if the actual MUA you worked with will be the person doing your makeup on the day of the wedding, or if it’s just one of their consultants who will be there.  

In terms of payment, just ask up front when you book the trial/wedding day appointments.  I’ve done a couple of "trials" before (like makeup for formals and other weddings) and often the policy is different from counter to counter and store to store.  Sometimes there will be no offical charge (and purchasing a product is optional), sometimes there will be a minimum purchase in products.  Some places will expect you to purchase a product for both the trial AND the wedding day, so ask in advance.   Personally, I haven’t seen it where you had to pay the MUA individually (just a purchase of products), but you might want to tip if you really like her/his work.

Also, check out this Wiki page for more info:  

http://wiki.weddingbee.com/Makeup_trial

Post # 4
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512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Each counter is different. In Florida, MAC you usually schedule an appointment and you have to purchase $40 of merchandise ( at Macy’s at least) and your makeup is free. Another option is to check with the counter and they can let you know depending on what cosmetic line you are into.

Also, look around the mall cosmetic counters in the major department stores & see the different work the girls are doing – if you want someone to do your makeup on site – the girls will often be nice enough to give you their phone numbers on the side if they do freelance work if not you can see if they are working on the day you need them and make an appointment with the counter but ask for that specific girl if she’s working that day. GL!

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

As a NYC Hair/Makeup artist the counter is a good way to find out the things you don’t want 😉 haha BUT it can also be the way you find your dream makeup artist!!! Usually at Dept store you can schedule an apt and at places like MAC the apt is free with a minimum $40 purchase. Who knows who your gonna get but by doing this a few times you might find someone amazing!!! 

 

What I meant by things you don’t want is you will be able to find the type/personality of a makeup artist your not interested in or “type” or “style” or makeup that doesn’t interest you. 

I suggest google and searching for salons and try to find a salon that suits your style you more then likely going to find your dream artist there! 

 

Hope this helps let me know if you have anymore questions! Also I can recommend other makeup artists in the nyc area as I think it’s bad taste to recommend myself.

 

-Clarissa Malek 

Post # 6
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I just did this for my engagement session! However this did not turn out a deal for me as I went to the Chanel counter and proceded to buy EVERYTHING that the girl put on my face (except what i already had in the same line)!  Even though they had a minimum three item limit, I think I ended up with 10 items.  But this girl was even better than the makeup artist i’m using on my wedding day!

Before I did this, however, I did one trial run (bought a few things that time too) with the same girl.  Before that trial run, I watched her put makeup on another girl with my exact coloring and she was amazing!  So I would watch a few makeup artists on a Saturday around noontime when the cosmetic counters are their busiest.  Pick someone who knows how to do the makeup look your going for. MAC Counter is the best to watch, but hopefully you will get to see the other counters too.

Also, these girls work on comission, and their base pay is LOW! It would be rude not to buy anything from them, as they have devoted about 45 minutes of their time to you and would have probably sold several other items to customers who just come by and pick up items instead of doing a makeup trial.  They also have hourly quotas in most stores to maintain.

One more thing…if you do find someone whose good at your trial…see if they do freelance work. Get their cell number, don’t be shy!  that way the money goes directly to them instead of the dept. store having most of it!

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I just has my trial done at the MAC counter. I loved the makeup so much I spent $170 instead of the required $50. I am having the wedding day makeup done at the counter and will have to spend another $50. Trust me it is cheaper this way. The girl does freelance work and charges much more on her free time and you walk away with no product! I love MAC products and I get to keep these!

Post # 8
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2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I use Laura Mercier products and just by chatting up the guy who I buy from I found out that he does onsite makeup. He travels too, but for some reason I don’t think he’s going to want to come to the beach. 🙁 I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the vr weekend, because most of the salons/spas in the area are Aveda and I hate their makeup. I guess I’ll have to search for a independent artist. Add that to my list I guess!

 

ps~ I had no idea places still made you buy things for a makeover. Who knew! LM doesn’t, neither did Trish McEvoy when I wore that. I guess I am glad I’ve never been a big fan of MAC and their colors not found in nature, I love getting my makeup done. I always buy things, but have never been pressured to do it or made to. What a turn off!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went to the Clinique counter at Nordstrom, told her I was toying with the idea of professional makeup for my wedding, but wasn’t sold enough to spend $80 on the makeup. She told me that if she travels to my wedding, she only charges $25/face, but that they do free bridal party makeups all the time in the store.

So i got my trial, loved it, then scheduled everyone. It was definitely not a problem. We all bought stuff, tipped her, and I’m sending her the high-res photos for her portfolio b/c she also owns her own makeup artistry company.

If you don’t want to do a face-to-face asking for favors, call up the counters. Clinique is free. Bobbi Brown said no to wedding makeups and Estee Lauder volunteered, too, but then had no technicians on hand on the day of.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@ Kate MW–I don’t think the brands have consistent rules about this.  I think it varies from department store to store.  My trial was at Laura Mercier and I had a minimum purchase amount ($75 for the trial and $75 for the day of the wedding).  I was kind of annoyed because I had been led to believe that there was no minimum and then, all of a sudden it was like “hey, buy this…”.  Not that I don’t like LM stuff, I love it, but I just wasn’t expecting it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Jessie~ I wear both LM and BB and for all the makeup they’ve done for me {I love to get my makeup done for events! I’m a dork}, never had anything pushed on me. The BB artist that I talked to about doing my makeup was going to come to me, so I expected to pay him, not buy product. Weird how much it varies from counter to counter and state to state even.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

What a great question!  I was curious of this myself; thanks!!  I am trying to figure out our plan of attack for our wedding day…anyone have recommendations for Orlando, FL?

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