(Closed) Has anyone/Is anyone doing make up at a make up counter

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did this for a wedding I was in two years ago (per the Bride’s request).  We went to the Clinique counter and my makeup didn’t turn out any differently than when I do it myself AND she really screwed up my eyeliner (I fixed everything myself before the wedding).  It was the same type of deal – you just needed to buy one product in order to have your makeup done (so I bought the lipstick).

I see a lot of brides do this as well (seems like I’m always at the mall shopping).  🙂  I think if you could do some sort of trial ahead of time, find a specific makeup artist that would guarantee she’d be there the day of.

Post # 4
671 posts
Busy bee

I will definitely be going to the counter to do my make-up. I have been going to the MAC counter for years for all types of different events and they have always been spot on. I love the drama in the eyes (fake lashes and all) so I love the MAC artists. I researched it a little while ago (because I was contemplating finding a make-up artist) and apparently MAC artists have to go through a process of sending in a portfolio like artists and fashion designers do. I like this because it means that no one is a newbe! I am not sure about the other counters, but I have seen girls at other counters that look like I could have done their make-up (Including CHANEL). I am not sure if everyone is as picky as MAC is  but I wouldn’t go with anyone else! You spend 50$ in product and you get your make-up done there..I did this for my save the date pictures as well as NYE as they were amazing as always.

Post # 5
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used to be the director of cosmetics for a large department store.


Yes the girls behind the makeup counters are different then the people who sell clothing. They are hired directly by the company i.e Estee Lauder, Chanel, Lancome, etc. Each line i.e counter has a different policy regarding what they will do for makeup what you need to buy etc. I highly recomend going in and talking to the counter manager of the line you want to use to see what their policy is. I would also set up a trial run and an appointment.


Post # 6
34 posts
  • Wedding: January 2015

Getting your makeup done at a counter can be a

 great way to save on something that’s normally pretty pricey.. However keep in mind, sometimes the girls at the counters are hired more on their ability to sell a product than their ability to apply makeup, because selling is their main job. I’ve known some counters to hire girls with very little experience applying makeup on others, but they had extensive retail experience; this is why some brides end up with less than stellar makeup when they go to a counter. This is not the case with everyone that works at a counter though. If you do plan to go with this route, make sure the person you choose is indeed a makeup artist (not just a great salesperson), and ask to see their portfolio. Also do a trial run, whether it’s at the counter or have them come to you. Good luck!

Post # 7
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I plan on going to MAC in the morning!! And I do plan on finding the “right girl” to do it!As someone said above, sometimes people arent hired soley on their talent! Best of Luck ladies!

Post # 8
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

My best friend is a makeup consultant for Estee Lauder, and she’s definitely different than the girls who sell clothes. She has four years of experience; she’s been trained; she knows everything about each of their products; and she’s been hired to do several weddings.

Post # 9
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i always had my makeup done at clinique there is no min but id always purchase 2 items, clinique is free and MAC is usually 50 dollars you purchase products and to add lashes its 10 dollars but they do an awsome job!!

Post # 10
10 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

My sister, mother, and I went to MAC for my sister’s wedding 2 years ago. They did a FABULOUS job! Make sure you book your appointment FAR in advance because they are requried to stop and help customers that walk up, so it may take a long time to complete your look (1.5 hours). I also got my makeup done there for my engagement pictures and it turned out great. Also, for my sister’s wedding, all of our makeup stayed on ALL night. They are very accommodating. When my mom didn’t like her makeup for my sister’s wedding, they redid it until she loved it. I would highly reccomend MAC!

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