(Closed) Bad Sephora experience– need makeup advice!

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@PromiseRooster:  Temptalia has a fantastic makeup blog. I always depend on her for advice and tips. If you go to a makeup counter or Sephora their main goal is to sell you something. Honestly I think Chanel makes the best highlighters if you can afford them. Holiday season (in the makeup world) is here in the next couple of weeks or so and that’s when they put out their fabulous highlighters and “glowy” products.

Post # 5
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would recommend a mac counter if you can get to one and make an appointment.  Ask her to show you how to contour with highlighter and bronzer and basic daily shadow application.  All you really need is a basic palette of browns for the eyes (with a light colour for highlighting), an eyeliner, mascara, blush, tinted moisturizer, powder, bronzer and brushes for application.  Their makeup artists are well trained and even if you have someone with a full face say you only have 10 minutes in the morning so you’re only going to wear the basics. Explain you work in a conservative office.  Maybe have them do one side of your face and you do the other to learn.  If there is a specialized beauty boutique in your area that is not a chain, maybe phone and book a makeup lesson.  

good luck!

ps youtube tutorials are very helpful also!

Post # 7
675 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@PromiseRooster:    I would definitely look into Lisa Eldridge on YouTube, she does some amazing videos and does a wide range on the style of videos.

Other ones I like are Jaclyn Hill, Pixiwoo and Tanya Burr.

The highlighter I am using right now is Benefit High Beam, doesn’t have any glitter in it, but its a shimmery, light pink.  It was the free 500 point gift at Sephora so I decided to try it out.  

I have my eye on Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter, which is a liquid highlight that you use right after foundation and blend it in before you powder and work on the rest of your face.  Lisa uses it a lot and it makes the skin look luminous.

Post # 8
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@PromiseRooster:  I know Sephora was already unhelpful to you, but they just started doing this new thing where they have classes at certain locations. You can check their website and see if there is one in your area! Each class focuses on something different (smokey eye, foundation selection, red lip, etc). I totally want to go to one but they surprisingly don’t have any classes scheduled in the LA area ๐Ÿ™

Post # 9
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Someone already mentioned MAC, I’ve had really great experiences when I was trying to find something in a color that was difficult for me.  (ie.  Bold red lip for a pale redhead, not an easy task.) They are a good place to start. 

Also, look into brands that look like they are something you would be comfortable wearing every day.  Make sure that you can try samples of them and they work with your skin.  THEN purchase the full product.  This is especially important on foundations.  I promise, if it is a good product, they will do this for you.  The foundation and primer that I’ve been using for a full year didn’t get purchased on the day I found them, the consultant in the store sent me home with a small sample of each. 

What department stores do you have near you?  We just lost our Barneys in Dallas, but if you’re in a city that has one… they’re great.  This is coming from a girl that doesn’t typically shop in places like that, but sephora isn’t much cheaper and the service in Barney’s makeup department is amazing. 

How are your friends at makeup?  Do you have one or two that seem to have a deft hand at it?  See if they have time to give you some pointers. 

My mom took me to get my colors done (wow that sounds silly) when I was in my early teens.  Her lovely (to me horrifying) words at the time were, “I know you’ll want to wear make up, I just want to make sure you don’t look like a street walker when you do.”  Thought I would die.  It was a good start though, the basics and how to take care of my skin. 

Practice.  You’ll have to get used to how it feels to put make up on.  It’ll take some trial and error.  You’ll have to get used to doing this.  Find a place that is comfortable.  Its easier to do your makeup in a place that is comfortable to position yourself in.  This coming from the girl who always finds herself standing and shoulder leaning into the mirror because I’m blind without my glasses. 

Finally, when you get your stuff, make sure that with all the practical that you get, purchase one thing that is just fun.  This might be a weekend item, but do get it.  Its nice to have some bit of fun in the makeup box. 

Wow, that was long.  I really love my makeup, even thought these days I rarely wear it.  I took a much less stressful job, and they don’t care if I don’t wear make up or how crazy we get with it.  Now when I do wear it, its a whim. 

Have fun with this.

Post # 10
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Use youtube.  There is just so much on there.  Plus its so easy to go back to, pause, rewind, etc.

I would suggest a neutral browns eyeshadow palatte (too faced is good for this), mascara, a bb cream, setting powder and blush.

Tarte actually makes an illuminator moisturizer that has positive reviews.  My bb cream has a dewy finish and I tend to set it with some powder because my skin is oily and it tones down the glow a little.  Urban Decay has a pallette called “flush”.  It has bronzer, highlighter, and blush in one.  I own it.  Its actually not bad, but I prefer cream blush so I only use the highlighter.  Highlighter is a bit difficult in the beginning because application is super important.  Just practice and in time you’ll be a pro.

Post # 11
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Just because an emplyee at Sephora/a makeup counter is wearing bold make up themsevles doesn’t mean they are not going to be knowledgable or able to help you with a natural look.  So don’t count them out when going shopping that they can’t help you.

A lot of companies are putting out neutral palettes that have many different colours in them and you can create many different looks.  I prefer satin/shimmer shadows to mattes and they don’t look too glittery, but you can find matte palettes as well if you would prefer that.

I have a bronzer from Bourjois that I absolutely adore, it is not too matte but also has no glitter in it and not orange like a lot of bronzers seem to be.  I don’t think this brand is sold in stores in the US though.  I think a bronzer adds a nice glow to the face especially for day, I usually only use highlighter at night.  I had the Benefit High Beam, but I hated the texture (it’s a liquid).  I have a sample of their stick highlighter Watts Up (it was the birthday gift at Sephora, so if your birthday hasn’t passed yet you can get one) and I think it blends much better.  It is more of a gold tone.

Post # 13
15 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

My opinion may be a little bias since every time I’ve had my makeup done at a makeup counter at a store I usually come out looking like a clown!  I’ve never had a good experience with that.  I’ve really just taught myself by experimenting with different products.  I’m not sure if you are willing to spend the extra money, but you could always hire a professional makeup artist to come over and do your makeup and teach you how to do it.  You wouldn’t be obligated or pressured into buying products after the session, but she/he could probably give you some good recommendations.  Some of them may even offer classes like that.  If that is not really in your budget, I would say either YouTube or blogs would be a good source to start!

Post # 14
1312 posts
Bumble bee

I totally understand – I used to be a cosmetologist and the skill level of my peers were very hit or miss.  Choosing someone with a well-done face that you like was a good move – it just sucks that they weren’t able to help you at the time!

I second watching Lisa Eldridge’s channel.  She’s excellent at what she does, and she demonstrates minimal AND dramatic well.  Ditto the Pixiwoo sisters.  There are a lot of YouTubers who are amateurs but these two channels are actual pro makeup artists.  I also like Wayne Goss (gossmakeupartist) but he tends to be heavier with the makeup so maybe not what you’re looking for.  Only thing is it sucks for me because often a lot of the techniques don’t apply to me since I’m Asian and have a totally different face map, but they are very helpful for Caucasians. ๐Ÿ™‚

For highlighter, I love Sun Beam by BeneFit – it’s great if you have warm-toned skin.  If you’re cool-toned, Moon Beam is good.  Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter is great but pricey – ditto Hourglass’s Bronze Light Illume Duo (but the later comes with a bronzer too, which is handy!).  If you prefer powder, Hourglass’s Ambient Light beautiful.  If you want a SUPER subtle powder, I like Two Faced Candlelight.  NARS Albatross is a cult favourite, but it’s less subtle than the other ones I’ve listed.

To look more awake, I think it’s important to use a good under eye concealer – I prefer liquids that I can pat on.  I also think subtle highlighter and eyeliner can do wonders, as does a light hand with eyebrow pencil (if you naturally have faint brows) and a pink/red-toned lip colour.  Doesn’t have to be bold, but pinks and reds make it look like you have more blood in the lips, and therefore healthier.  I also agree with PPs re: browns on the eyes – can’t go wrong with browns!

Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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