Post # 1
So, my sister is coming to town in a few weeks, and let’s just say we’re both on a budget for the weekend. I thought it would be fun to get our make-up done and then go out to a nice restaurant later for our one night of being girly. But, of course, we can’t afford to just make appointments at MAC. I see people getting their make-up done all the time at the cosmetic counters at department stores, and I was wondering how that works? Do you come right out and say, “we want our make-up done!” and then just buy a lipstick or something? Do you hint around and ask a lot of questions and wait for them to offer?
It’s such a stupid question, but I’m really curious!
Post # 3
I wondered that today while I was wandering around…. I kept hoping they’d offer, but they didn’t, haha.
Post # 4
I normally say “I’m looking for a new look… I need a new gloss or shadow, any tips?” and that will usually get me an offer of a makeup :o) It’s very fun, but an unspoken rule is you have to at least buy one thing. :o) Hope that helps!
Post # 5
I’ve been wondering the same thing! Haha. I thought about doing this for my wedding. Sad, I know! haha. But a 5k budget is taking me to extremes!
Post # 6
Bare Escentuals asks that you purchase $25 of makeup- which really isn’t that bad. But Clinique is free (with the unspoken agreement that you’ll at least buy something). I heard MAC was $40 but they’ve done mine for free (i ended up buying like 2 shadows and a gloss though).
Post # 7
haha…I used to work at cosmetics counters…Clinique and then Prescriptives. Counters in department stores can’t charge, but they can say that you have to make a minimum purchase of say, one or two products, or they can set a dollar amount. MAC used to have a $40 minimum, which would equal about 3 products.
You can just go to the counter and ask. It’s better if you don’t go during the busiest time of the week, like Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Also, it helps if you go to a counter that has a lot of workers. If there’s only 1 or 2 employees you are going to get inturrupted a lot and it’s not going to be fun. Those girls work on salary plus commission so just be respectful of that, especially if you aren’t going to buy anything.
You can also just let them know you are getting married and want to test makeup for the day. Trust me, the artists know the drill. I used to get asked 1,000 times a week if I would do a makeover and I only turned someone down if I was at the counter alone or the girls were 12 or 13.
Last, go with a clean face. Showing up with a full face of makeup that has to be removed at the counter is not fun, and with no sink, all existing makeup won’t come off completely, and you aren’t going to like the makeover as much.