Has anyone had a makeup lesson from a Bobbi Brown counter? How was it?
I want to do my own makeup on the wedding day and was wondering if they’re any good. I just want something simple and natural (given that I hardly wear anything normally) and don’t want to spend money on a makeup artist on the day!
Just wanted to mention that I had a Bobbi Brown trial that was HORRIBLE. This was my second trial after a disastrous first at a salon and I had high hopes. The two ladies were super nice, but in the end I looked freakishly pale, like I was some kind of glammed up zombie. It was no good. I have talked with other people since then and also some makeup artists that I have met and all have said that they see this a lot with people who try the Bobbi Brown counter. So I would warn that if you are pale already, you might have better luck with a different counter.
@froydis: The whole process of figuring out my makeup is actually a funny/terrible story. I am not really a picky person when it comes to makeup but I learned that most makeup artists do not know how to handle very pale skin.
The first place I went to was a highly-rated salon and my appointment was about three weeks before the wedding because I had been planning on doing my own hair and makeup and then chickened out. I had a bad makeup trial and an okay hair trial. The makeup artist was very inexperienced and she made me look very prom-y and orange. I freaked out and decided that I would try makeup counters because I thought I could do it myself with a bit more training.
Went to Macy’s, where they had a brand spanking new BB counter and I was so excited. I explained my bad trial from the day before and they assured me I would not look orange. Unfortunately, it seems that they took this to the extreme and made me even more pale than I already am.
I freaked out again, and walked to the Sephora counter in another store where I met this amazing artist (the first thing he says to me is: “did you just come from the Bobbi Brown counter?” Yikes). He did a great good job on everything except the skin tone but assured me that he could get the skin tone right for the day of. I make plans for him to do another trial, but the next day I get a call and he says that he can’t do my makeup for the wedding because he found out they were doing some kind of big makeup event at the store.
I freak out once again and cry a lot and end up booking a local independent makeup artist who is super expensive but does a freaking fabulous job with both hair and makeup. The end.
So really the moral of this very long story is that the BB counter was just part of many bad makeup experiences I had. Based on my trials, I had much better luck at the Sephora counter (they are more likely to hire independent artists who know lots of tricks and what they are doing). I also went to a trial at a MAC counter with my sister recently for her wedding and had a wonderful time and felt like they knew their stuff. I would recommend both over Bobbi Brown. Hope this helps!
@rachel_leigh: Thank you so much for taking the time to explain your experiences. Sounds like it was a real stressful time for you 🙁
I think I’ll have a go with Bobbi Brown as I like the products I have from them but also keep an open mind for other stuff. Maybe it’s worth going to a few different ones so I gain hints and tips from different makeup artists!
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