(Closed) Has anyone ever taken make up lessons?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I haven’t taken makeup lessons, but I’ve found that finding step-by-step tips online can really help. Pinterest is a good starting point for ideas and when you click on the pictures, it will generally lead you to a website on how to make that look. That way, you can save money but hone your skills.

Just practice, practice, practice! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

When I was in my early 20s, back around the time I got married the first time, I did a really great make-up session at a big Department Store with the Elizabeth Arden folks.  I remember for a flat fee you got a one-on-one session with a Make Up Consultant, and a kit that had the items they’d use (in small quantities).  They taught you to clean and care for your skin, apply make-up (the kit had the season’s latest colours & products), even tips for removal, and night-time care etc. 

The session was held after-hours and not on the main floor of the store with the cosmetic counters … but up in the Elizabeth Arden Boutique / Salon / Spa

The Consultant also kept a chart of what she was doing… and which products she had used on you… as well as a booklet that had application tips (ie lip lining, lipstick, lip gloss – and similar info for eye make-up – and “putting on your face”)

At the end of the session, there was a special offer also where you could purchase full-sized items at a discount (and the particular Department Store also had a Rewards Program… so there were on-going Sales, Offers and Discounts for Members… so I’ve never paid full-price for make there, no matter what type I purchase)

It was a great experience… and I highly recommend such a thing.  The info has served me well… my First Wedding was in a small town, so I had to do my own make up, I have to say I looked great !!

I’ve never gone back and done a full intensive session again, but I have on occasion done one of those mini “in the chair at the counter” sessions where they are focussed on one thing (ie a smokey eye)… most of the Big Department Stores and Drugstores will offer that kind of thing for FREE (some of the Big Names that do that are MAC – Elizabeth Arden – Revlon – Clarins – Clinique etc)

Hope this helps,

Post # 6
1882 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@peachacid:  I did before my wedding. A friend of a friend is in the makeup industry and was supposed to do my makeup for me at my wedding, but had to work last minute. I didn’t really want to hire just anyone to do it since my Darling Husband is very particular about me not wearing a lot of makeup, so we agreed that we would get together and she would teach me what to do. We went to Target and she picked out what I should buy, then brought me home and showed me how to use it. I have to say- it definitely helped! I was able to confidently do my own makeup for my wedding (and Darling Husband thought it looked beautiful but not excessive), and I feel a lot better about owning makeup and using it when I want to get fancy for something.  (In full disclosure, I still only put on mascara and chapstick for my daily look.)

Post # 7
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sephora offers a free 1-hour session if you book 48 hours in advance.  They choose colours for you and show you how to apply makeup to half your face, then guide you to do the other half.  You don’t have to buy anything and it’s FREE!  I feel so prostar even since I went.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

years ago, i actually went to school and was trained as a professional makeup artist.  i learned everything from everday, modelling/runway, photography and theatrical makeup.  i ended up choosing another field but continued to freelance for friends and family.

i know that some department stores offer one-on-one and small group lessons.  all you need to do is ask.

Post # 10
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I have taken them. I didn’t get much out of it. It wasn’t worth the 80.00 I spent on it for sure. Just youtube and google it.

Post # 11
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Juliepants:  This sounds amazing!! How do I sign up?

Post # 12
529 posts
Busy bee

I’ve never had formal lessons as such, though I have had lots of make-up trials at counters. MAC are quite good if not too busy. It’s good to trial stuff first, or get samples when buying other items so you don’t waste loads of money on colours you’ll never use (I was guilty of this as a teenager)…

Post # 13
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@shaynapunim:  Just phone them to make an appointment! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
2448 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve wanted to take one at Bobbi Brown but I’m scared that I’ll get stuck with someone that’s wearing too much makeup and makes me look scary. One of my coworkers did my makeup once and it was really cute, he was a drag queen and really knew his MAC products.

Post # 15
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

Does YouTube count? ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m only half kidding, some of the makeup channels are REALLY good- and free!

Post # 16
8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We did that for my bachelorette party because I wanted to know how to do the smokey eye, but I don’t remember anything lol  I guess that’s not quite the right time to do it when you’re having champagne and all.

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