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

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsJohnston:  I have tried going to a MAC counter a few times, I say try because I can never get anyone to help me there (guess I’m not trendy enough), but I did get a chance to look at them doing other bride’s trials and they all looked very glam and very made up.  Great if that’s your style, but it’s definately not mine.  I did go to Sephora though and had a great time, I got a look that is suited more to who I am and not only did she show me how to do she also gave me the instructions so I can practice and do it on my own wedding day.  Way better experience!

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@FutureMrsJohnston:  can you just do your own? You know what looks best on you. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I went to MAC the day before my wedding for a makeup lesson so I could diy, after chatting and realising what it was for the MA suggested giving me a free trial instead so I only paid £30 for products. My mom and I loved it so much we took her details and hired her on the spot. Love, love loved my makeup! Would highly recommend MAC Chelsea ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 21
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@FutureMrsJohnston:  whatever counter you go to, make sure you speak up if you don’t like something or want more/less of something.  I’ve never had a problem with anyone at a counter redoing something, they’ve always been really nice about it. The last time I was there before a formal function, the girl had to completely scrub my face and start over. The base she used was way to white even for my ghostly face. Also make sure you get a picture of yourself barefaced and then full approved makeup plus a list of all the products she used. 

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@mrspinesol:  Well…I find this offensive.  I am a MAC trained makeup artist and they are some of the most talented people.  They do their own makeup “over the top” to express themselves as artists but are professionals who listen to their clients.  They are also the only costmetic company that does regular continuing education.  They have different certifications that you must get in order to continue to work there…one of them being bridal. 

Is this over the top?  I did everyone’s makeup in this picture including the mother and grandmother.  

 

That being said, going to the counter on the day of your wedding could be a nightmare.  Most of the artists do freelance and could come to you.  That’s what I do now and would NEVER chance it in a mall on my wedding day.  Too much could go wrong.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

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@amandaandzachwed:  I didn’t say ALL of them, I said a lot of them. Maybe it’s just in my area, but every time I go into a MAC store, 90% of the people have horrendous makeup on. Granted, there are a few that have a great makeup. I just think a lot of them have makeup that is way too heavy. It’s just a person choice, but I feel like everyone there defaults to smokey eye for their clients, and I personally wouldn’t want to wear a smokey eye on my wedding day. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have worked with MANY makeup artists, and I can honestly say MAC girls are my favourite. Before I became a photographer, I went to makeup school (to piss my parents off, but that’s another story) and one of my friends who graduated with me got a job at MAC, and said that she felt so inexperienced compared to the other girls, and learned more in the training at MAC than she did at school. If I were you I’d find out who freelances and is available the day of your wedding first, and then book a trial ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Most of the times that I’ve gone to the MAC counter I’ve loved it. They’ve taught me things I didn’t know, they’ve gone with what I like, and I’ve liked the overall look. The last time I went was not the best experience. I was trying to find some new products for my engagment photos and first I was ignored for ages when I came in, then the girl didn’t listen to me at all until finally I just bought some stuff so I could leave and ended up returning half of it a few days later.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

 

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mrspinesol:  and i personally can’t wait to have a smokey eye on my wedding day. ๐Ÿ™‚

granted, yes, i see a lot of MUA (not just MAC) that go way over the top (like drag style), which may scare people away… but MAC does do continuing education and you can only judge someone on their job when they actually DO a bad job. it’s hard to tell without giving them the chance. it’s very much so an easy opportunity to judge a book by its cover, which can be both good and bad in that kind of field.

Post # 27
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Newbee

I first ‘discovered’ makeup when I did a boudoir photoshoot and the MUA did an amazing job! She used MAC products. After humming and hawwing for a bit I went into a store, showed them a picture (of just my face!!!) and said “I would like to look like thiiiiiiiiiiiiis” *wave hand in front of photo*

The lady was amazing- she looked at it picked the products she thought would match- and when she didn’t went back and searched for the right color. She gave me the makeover and it really did look like the day I got my photos done. She was even so gracious to make up a card for the eye makeup and what goes where.

It’s my go to look for when I go out.

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