(Closed) Make up counter artist question for the big day

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - St. Charles Borromeo Church/Jefferson-Orleans North

You can get your makeup done for free at MAC with a $40 product purchase. At the store in my local mall, you make appointments (and you want to make them well in advance for weekends!).

If you have the time, you could make a trial appt. before the wedding and see how you like that make-up artist. If you like the look, reschedule another appt. with the same artist for your big day. Sure, you will have to pay at least $80 in products for the makeovers, but I think it’s good to do a trial first. Plus, it’s about par to spend $40 to have your make-up professionally done (and that’s without getting products), so you will pretty much come out with a great deal in the long run.

As far as not buying products at MAC, I’m not sure how much it is without the product purchase though.

I’m not sure about other counters either, but you could call the dept. store and ask. 🙂

Post # 4
62 posts
Worker bee

i think this rule pretty much applies to all brands… the $40 of product purchase in return seems to be a rule of thumb, though i’ve never been pressured to buy anything. i almost hired an mua who worked at the bobbi brown counter. since it would be freelance job and i would have paid her the going rate for day-of bridal makeup, i could have kept going back to the counter for unlimited free trials. so, if you’re looking for another way to save money, here’s a way to at least save on expensive trials.

Post # 5
17 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you choose to go with a makeup counter artist, you’ll definitely want to think about doing a trail first.  I made the mistake of not setting up a trial and as a result, I was not happy with my makeup (but my bridesmaids looked awesome!  Of course we each had different artists and mine didn’t listen to any of my requests nor did she go with the pictures I brought in).

Most of the counters will do your makeup as long as you make a purchase of a few items.  You can just call the makeup counters if you have any questions.

Post # 6
3 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

I used to work on counter and now work as a freelance makeup artist, and these ladies are correct–you can make an appointment with a makeup artist to have your trial, and then schedule her the day of…I have heard 2 horror stories though and I’ll share, just so you can be aware…one, the artist worked on counter and was supposed to come onsite, but because her department manager re-did her schedule, she could not get the time off from the store to do the girl’s makeup, and it was the day before.  And second, one bride scheduled a particular artist, and the girl never showed up to work that day, so another one had to do it, and she didnt really like the result afterwards.  It’s so tough, but I would recommend going with an artist who does bridal makeup–the girls on counter are trained, but they dont know the ins and outs of photography makeup…seriously…makeup translates differently on camera, and if your artist doesnt get that…then it can look heavy and overly made up, super shiny or like you dont have anything on at all (which is easier for a photographer to edit).  You dont have to buy product to have applications done for Bobbi, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy or Clinique–try a few of them out, pay the $40 for Mac, and see what you like best. A makeup artist that you hire will have the best products from those lines in their kit, too.  

 I know lots of freelance artists and am happy to refer one to you..Im at [email protected].


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