Post # 1
I am a bride on a budget, and I’ve been looking around for a makeup artist for me and my girls. I’ve contacted a few in our price range, but I also came across a MaryKay Sales director who has done a few weddings in the past.
Has anyone ever used a MK consultant for their wedding? I know it’s ALL dependent on if that person is good at applying makeup or not… but just curious on your experiences/thoughts.
She is willing to come by in a few weekends and do a test run, and has a wedding on 10/25 so she will take some photos there. I’ve used MK makeup in the past, and I do like it. I’m just not a huge makeup person so…
Thoughts? If you’ve used a MK person, did you just buy a lot of product to “pay” her?
Post # 2
I wouldn’t do it, personally, unless I knew they had some sort of training in cosmetics. I guess the same could be said for the people who do it all the mall, but I feel like they get a lot more on the job experience vs. Mary Kay which is mostly sales. I would prefer to go to MAC at the closest mall personally. For $50 of product, they will do a free makeover for you.
Post # 3
I would recommend that you see the wedding photos before you do the trial make-up. If you don’t like the photos, then don’t waste your time with the trial.
Post # 4
DO A TRIAL.
Seriously. I’ve had my makeup done by a MK consultant two times for two separate events. Each time, I had to wash it off and just do my own makeup because it looked soooo bad.
Now, that doesn’t mean that this lady will be bad- who knows, she may be very talented. But in my experience, MK consultants aren’t makeup artists, and you would be just as far ahead asking a random person to do it. Schilling makeup for a pyramid scheme does not make you a makeup artist. If you’re on a budget, I would suggest going somewhere like Sephora, MAC or even a department store makeup counter and having someone give you a quick lesson on one aspect of the look you want (like, if you want to focus on your eyes, get a lesson on how to do a smokey eye; if you want a bold lip, get a lesson on how to do nice, long lasting lipstick and get a good colour match), watch a TON of youtube videos, buy a few quality products (foundation, concealer, eyeshadow are things to spend money on….you can get good quality mascara, eyeliner and bronzer/blush at the drugstore) and PRACTICE. 🙂
Post # 5
thanks, ladies!! good thinking, I will reschedule the trial to after the wedding she sends me photos of. I got my makeup done for my sisters wedding through MK and i’ve had better, but I still thought it was pretty good.
what do you think, though… I am totally on-board with DIY’ing, as I have some great makeup already, and would love to invest in some better brushes and learn some techniques. HOWEVER – my bridesmaids (sisters and niece) really, really want their makeup and hair done. i know it sounds lame, but if they get their makeup done… i want mine done too! haha.
Post # 6
Mary Kay makes a great product and has some wonderful people working for it. It is by no
means a pyramid scheme like a previous poster suggested. My aunt and mom have both been with Mary Kay for 20+ years. Some of the consultants are talented and i am sure some are less talented. I would definitely do a trial and look at photos of some of her previous work. If she is a director she should have a good amount of experience. Also do not feel pressured to buy product! My mom never expected anyone to buy anything from her in exchange for a makeover and if your director makes you feel pressured I would be wary. Best of luck with your makeup!
Post # 7
kywydsgirl: How is Mary Kay not a pyramid scheme?
If I understand it correctly, you sign up under a “mentor” (or I think they call them Beauty Directors?) to sell the product, and your mentor gets a percentage of the sales you make- meanwhile, your mentor is also selling under someone who gets a percentage of their sales, and the whole thing funnels up to the top. They also put tons of pressure on people to buy their inventory up front, then you have to sell it to make your money back which is classic pyramid scheme bullshit. PLUS if they are trying to recruit you and you don’t have enough money to buy the starting inventory, they push for you to get a Mary Kay Visa card. It’s all so sketchy- they call it “multi-level marketing” which just seems like a fancier way to say “pyramid scheme”- except they found some legal loopholes so they’re able to stay in operation.
Anyway, I didn’t want to turn this into an anti-Mary Kay rant, lol. This website is pretty interesting, though:
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I’m not really familiar with how the company runs but I have used a bit of the makeup in the past. I had a Mary Kay seller years ago who was fantastic and she was always willing and offering to do free makeovers with new products she was trying out on me. I never felt pressured to buy anything although some sellers may be different. I will say I love the cream eye shadow and desperately need to pick up more for my own wedding but I no longer know anyone selling it.
Post # 9
I wath Project Runway. They use Mary Kay cosmetics and I have to say I don’t like the colors or how it is aplied to the models. Doesn’t look fresh or modern.