Post # 1
I would like to spare the expense of paying someone to do my makeup, but I am willing to invest in some new makeup so that I have good stuff to work with on my wedding day.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what counter to go to? I’ll need advice and tips on blush/bronzer, eyeshadow colors, eyeliner. . . lipstick. . . basically all of it, yeah.
Anyway, I was thinking of Clinique because they always seem so fresh and young without being too trendy; MAC is popular but seems kind of extreme when I walk by. I’m going for natural and fresh. I use Bare Minerals foundation, but wanted something else for all the color.
Also, I have fair/medium skin, blue eyes, and brown hair.
Post # 3
I absolutely love MAC and have had them do very minimal and fresh looks for me. They like to use their faces as advertisements, so if you go in and see a girl whose makeup you like, see if you can book a session with her. Sometimes they charge, or do it for free as long as you buy a certain amount.
I know they can look kind of extreme in the posters and ads, but I think it’s kind of like haute couture for makeup: no one wears the crazy stuff that goes down the runway, but they use the idea or style for pret-a-porter everyday items.
Post # 4
I agree, MAC is my go-to for any decent make-up. They’re amazing, and trained properly, not like other counter girls. Love MAC!
Post # 5
@adavis135: I’ve worked at the counters for Chanel, Clinique, and Dior. Go to Mac! They use bold pics in the ad but really their color range is enormous. Just because it’s Mac doesn’t mean it has to be neon or sparkly. And as far as I know Mac is the only company that only employs professional makeup artists at their counters (they automatically earn a higher salary than other cosmetic counter employees). The rest just get on the job training.
Post # 6
That is good to know!! My sister is a big MAC fan, and she likes different things than me, but it’s not dramatic stuff. I’ll check it out! I definitely don’t want to pay extra for the tips and color consult if i’m paying good money for the products!
Does anybody have pics of MAC-done special occasion makeup? (or if you just wear a decent amount of pretty makeup daily . . unlike me. :))
Post # 7
I had a fancy dinner last night (and was in need of new mascara), so I wandered to the MAC counter and the woman there was amazing. I consider myself pretty makeup illiterate and she really spent time teaching me how to recreate the look myself. It was very subtle and perfect. I had asked her for tips for upcoming engagement photos and she had fabulous ideas. In the end I asked for her card because i loved her work so much. I think etiquette says you should make at least a $40-50 purchase for a full face consultation – which isn’t that tough to do at MAC 🙂
Post # 8
I go to Sephora! The “cast members” that work there are great and they really know their stuff. Plus you have so many different brands to try. I believe that if you spend $50 you can get a full make-up application. I always just ask someone for help and they walk me through different products and how to use them. I have never been disappointed with anything they have recommended for me!