Post # 1
I’m a Bare Escentuals gal- 5 mins tops in the morning. Personally, I think I do a decent job, but I realize I need to kick it up a notch for my wedding Day.
I just can’t stomach the thought of paying a makeup artist for my wedding day. Also, I have LOTS of freckles, and I’m afraid that a professional makeup artist would try & "cover-up" my freckles. I love them!
Any suggestions on how I could get some new pointers, tips, etc? Makeup Counter of a department store? I’ve never been to a makeup counter before, and I don’t know the etiquette. Do you make appointments, do you have to buy something? Which one do I go to – the saleslady with the best makeup?
Post # 3
I’ve had a lot of luck with Nordstrom makeup counters. I would pick the artist you see with the makeup style that most closely matches what you want to look like. In my experience, they are happy to help you with tips and pointers and they have never pressured me to buy anything I was unsure of and told me that I could feel free to think about it, take my time, and come back if I end up wanting to buy something. Sometimes, they will offer to do a full makeover if they are not too busy. I usually end up buying something, especially if they are particularly friendly and helpful.
Post # 4
go to lots, get tips lots, and don’t feel bad about not buying the makeup!
Post # 5
I’m a MAC girl, so I would suggest going there. Don’t be put off by the make-up they wear. I have freckles too and I’ve gotten my make-up done by them a few times and they have never tried to cover them up, but if you use any type of foundation they will be less noticeable.
Post # 6
What’s the etiquette?
Do you make an appointment? Is there an amount that’s "proper" to buy? About how long does it take? Is there a better time of day to go?
Post # 7
I suggest paging through some magazines and finding looks you like… take them with.
My only problem with department stores is that the counter girls are inclined to sell just the brand they work for. Sephora is great because the sales people know all the products, know the differences between them and have their own favorites to suggest.
That said, I have a couple of opinions myself!:
Lip stain with a little gloss over it is so much prettier and softer than the hard line of lipstick or lip liner.
Nars makes a fabulous highlighter stick in "copacabana" that can be used under the brow, on the lid, or to highlight the cheeks.
YSL makes a very light, sheer "concealer" (and I hesitate to call it that because it’s so light!) with light diffusers in it called touche eclait (not sure on that spelling) Number one is the better color.
stay away from warm, muted blush tones. cheeks are so fresh when they look a little flushed and pink (the way excercise makes you look)
My favorite powder in the whole world is the loose translucent powder by a sometimes hard to find brand called cle de peau. Hold on to your hat because it’s really expensive but oh! The slightly ballet pink, ever so slightly prearlescent silky fine powder makes anyone’s skin look divine . At any rate, it’s good to find a powder that has a very slight pearlescence so that you look fresh and not pasty- especially when you’re going to reaply all night! Also, if you tend to get oily or shiny, I recommend MAC’s oil blotting sheets instead of powdering every time.
okay… now what did I come on here for? oh yeah! Hair in Philadelphia!
best of luck to you!!
Post # 8
I didn’t make an appointment at Nordstrom – I just lurked around the makeup counters until I found someone with nice makeup who was available. A full makeover can take up over an hour but if you are just getting a few pointers like how to glam up your eyes, that might just take 15 minutes or so. I guess it really depends – if you find someone really helpful, they will be super chatty and spend a lot of time with you and possibly offer a full makeover.
I don’t know if there is a "proper" amount of makeup to buy – normally, I will love at least one or two things that they used on me so I end up buying those things. You definitely shouldn’t feel pressured into buying EVERYTHING they used on you at Nordstrom unless you want to, since they don’t have a minimum purchase requirement.
Post # 9
I made appointments at Estee Lauder and Clinique for our wedding day makeup! FREEEEEEE. We are "expected" to buy something, but the makeup artist said it’s typically just a lip gloss or mascara–apparently mascara is something you want to bring or buy or you end up with the tester bottle. Ick. Go do a few free trials, see which one you like best, and then book with them. I dont’ feel obligated to buy if i’m trying out a makeup brand. I simply tell them I like the way it feels now, but want to see how it wears all day. THen go and do a trial run a few weeks before to tweak it. Tehcnically youre paying for a product, and you can tell them how sheer you want your foundation. They don’t have to cake it on!
PS i love bare escentuals, too, but it just isn’t heavy enough to last through all those pictures and the humidity in june. I’m going to wear a long lasting medium coverage formula and set it with powder throughout the day.
Post # 10
if you are near a sephora it is definitely worth making an appt for a bridal consultation. they do them all the time for free and there isnt even an expectation that you should buy something (unlike dept. store counters). also—huge bonus of sepora—> you can return products, even after you use them, no questions asked. so you can return the lip stain you bought because you thought you loved it, but now realize it is just not the right color (yup, that’s my plan this week).
Post # 11
Great news about Sephora- and I just realized that there’s one near my parent’s home in NJ. Online I don’t see anything about "bridal consulation". Do I call or can I turn up?
Re: Bare Minerals not having lasting power – I have realatively combo/dry skin, and I find that it lasts all day- and all night. Perhaps it’s a skin thing?
I agreed 100% with "lip stain with a little gloss". I use Body Shop’s lip tint and it’s great. Have also used Benetint.
Nars "copacabana". That’s the second time Nars highlighter stick has cropped up. I’m usually told to use the "orgasam" color.
I used to use YSL "touche eclait" I used it as corrector.
Post # 12
Re: Hair in Philly. Cali from Calista Brides is doing my hair on the day of. Haven’t have trial yet – but she’s been great to communciate to.