(Closed) Getting a Sephora makeup session for Engagement pictures

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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jelly3:  I had a makeup trial at Sephora and I really enjoyed it. The girl that did mine was a sweetheart and listened to what I had to say and recommended products that were specific for photography, which was cool. I ended up with a very classy simple look. 

I went for a trial to do my own makeup, and she had worksheets for me, she told me exactly what and how she was applying everything. Using her instructions (aaaaand a ton of their products lol) I did my own makeup for e pics, and they turned out really nice. I’ll be using the same products and instructions to do my wedding makeup. Overall the Sephora session was really helpful for me, and they do a nice job. I would recommend going in with some idea of what you want your makeup to look like. 

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Busy bee

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jelly3:  I’d be a little wary.  You could have a great experience like
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gillykat824:, but it could go poorly and then you’d really be facing some stress!  If you go for it, set up the appointment early enough in the day that you have time to fix it (or re-do it entirely) if necessary.  And have a really good idea of what you want and communicate it clearly with the makeup artist.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I get these sephora makeovers often for when I’m going to an event. I had one done for my e-sess. Unfortunately its just really luck of the draw in terms of the quality of the makeup artist. my e-session makeup was not very good. I’ve learned over time it’s best if you bring a lot of your own products if u have things that u love. So for instance I got it done this past weekend and I brought foundation, bronzer blush highlighter, liquid liner (because they can’t use a stick one for hygenic reasons), mascara, false lashes, and lipstick. I got her to choose the eyeshadow palette and whatever else she needed like primer. It’s good to go in with a gameplan and tell them exactly what you want. Some of the girls are good and pros and some of them really lack skills. I don’t think they get a lot of training. 

Good luck! Oh also be prepared for it to take longer than expected. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

 

jelly3:  I also went to Sephora about a month ago to get my makeup done for my engagement session. My wedding MUA was actually booked on the day I was having my engagement pictures done or else I would have done my wedding makeup trial with her as well. The lady I had at Sephora was very helpful in picking out the right shade and also finding a foundation that would look amazing in pictures. I had the Makeup Forever HD foundation and it looked amazing. I told my MUA to not make me look made up and like a doll but to simply just make me look as natural as possible. I actually came a few minutes late to my appointment and my MUA did great in doing my makeup in such a short amount of time ~40 minutes.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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jelly3:  it really depends on who’s working the day you go in. I’ve seen some Sephora employees who’s makeup was so bad that I wouldn’t dare let them do my makeup, but other times I’ve seen the opposite. Same goes for MAC so it’s not like it’s only a Sephora thing.

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Busy bee

 

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jelly3:  My original plan was to DIY my hair/makeup for my wedding to save costs, but since I don’t usually wear makeup, I figured I would do exactly what you’re planning and go to Sephora for my e-pics (my thought was that I would use the e-pics as a guide and practice re-creating the look for my wedding…plus, I was going to have to buy makeup anyway, so it was basically a free makeover).

I was pretty nervous about the whole thing (the gal at sephora was georgous, but my first thought after seeing her was “please don’t make me look like you!” — which sounds horrible and judgy, but she had on the longest fake eyelashes I’d ever seen and eyeshadow that literally made giant rainbows above her eyes and I kept thinking that I’d end up too over-the-top). I tried to explain what I wanted: I said that I never wore any makeup, so I wanted enough makeup to look great in pics, but I didn’t want to look like a whole different person.

She talked me through each step and suggested a whole range of products that would work for both the wedding and for everyday. She even talked me into wearing false eyelashes (and made me crack up when she proclaimed, “don’t worry…nothing like mine!”) and I’m glad she did. They didn’t look fake – my Fiance didn’t believe me when I told him I was wearing them – but looked awesome in the pictures. I ended up wearing a lot more makeup than I thought I wanted, but it ended up being even better than I ever imagined!

The only “bad” thing about it is that since it turned out so well, I’ve completely ditched the DIY route and will be hiring a professional to do my hair/makeup for my wedding, so my poor budget will be taking a bit of a hit. 🙂

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Helper bee

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jelly3:  I had my engagement pictures on a Sunday so I had difficulty finding someone to do my makeup for our pictures. The weekend before our pictures I made an appoinyment at Sephora and explained that I was having pictures done next weekend and needed to get makeup and learn how to apply it so I could do my makeup for pictures.

By going before our pictures and having them show me how to apply the makeup, it allowed me to learn how to apply it and this way if I didn’t like the way they did it, I wasn’t stressed about not being able to correct it before pictures since I had a week to correct it.

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