(Closed) Ulta or Merle Normal for wedding makeup anyone?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

What are you looking for, experiences with the actual salon services, or the products these stores sell?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

ah, then I can’t help, sorry! 🙁

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had a less than great experience with Merle Norman, but that was a few years ago, now. Basically, they couldn’t match my skin color and I ended up with foundation that was about four shades too dark. I had to wash it off and re-do my own makeup at home. That’s all I know.  🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just had a horrendous trial last weekend with someone who does makeup at Ulta.  By the time she was done I looked like horrible.  She didn’t seem to know what she was doing at all.  I have porcelain/pale skin and she didn’t have any concealer/foundation that was anything close to my skin color, so she used the closest thing she had, which was waaay off and very orange.  She then proceeded to add bronzer to my already wonky orange skin.  And despite the fact that I told her that I wanted rosy, warm toned eye makeup she used thick black eyeliner with bright pink and purple shadow.  The worst part is that I am too nice so I tried nicely to explain throughout the process that she was doing everything wrong, but she just never got it.  She just kept saying, “oh, on your big day it will be perfect, this is just a trial…”  Yeah right.  She never even managed to get mascara OR lip products on me.  In the end, I paid $50 to look like bad prom makeup the next day. 

So, if you do go with Ulta, I would only book someone if you can get a straight up recommendation first.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My only advice about Merle Norman would be that they do what they do. Meaning they aren’t very good at adjusting the amount of makeup they apply, or the color. So, if your natural skin tone falls into the range that they carry, your good in that regard. And if you apply your makeup to the degree that they do, no problem.

I have pale/porcelain skin, and wear very light makeup. I walk out of Merle Norman looking like an orange clown. I’m not sure they have my shade of pale, and my pleas for a lighter handed application fell on deaf ears. For what it’s worth, I worked in television for several years, and many anchors/reporters wear MN on camera. So if it works for your skin tone, it may be just right for wedding makeup and the millions of photos!

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