Post # 1
Makeup help, that is.
I have opted not to have my makeup done professionally at my wedding and will, in fact, probably be applying my own. The catch is that I never. wear. makeup. EVER.
…as in, I MAYBE put on some mascara when I’m going out for the night (which doesn’t happen often to my homebody self), and even then I just swipe it on… I know enough to not let the little clumpy things stick to your lashes, and that is IT.
So everyone has been suggesting I head over to a make up counter? Which is all well and good, if I even knew where to find one… I remember walking through them (they’re in the section with all the perfume right?) but now my mind is drawing a blank for where to go. That’s dilemma number one. Question 2, is do I have to pay for their services? Do I tip them? What do I say? Am I required to buy the products they show me (or is it possible to find the same stuff cheaper somewhere else, or is that just rude?). And what do I say to them… hey, help me, I’m clueless? LOL. For that matter, what actually goes on when you go to a make up counter? You sit and talk? Do they put makeup on you (or do you do it yourself) or is it just talking?
Okay, stop laughing now. I told you I’m clueless!!! I very obviously need help, please rescue me!
PS I would ask my bridesmaids for help but they all live very far away, and can’t come with me. Boo.
Post # 3
Mrs. Rainbow did a great few posts on makeup tips, I highly suggest them.
I would go to the MAC counter on weekdays as they ask that you spend $50 on the weekend. They will also help you apply it yourself if you want and teach you to use it.
Post # 4
My friend works at Sephora and does the little makeovers and helps people select products. I think they would do the same at Ulta, if you have either of those near you. Otherwise I would just assume the beauty counter at any dept. store..but I’ve never done it myself so not entirely sure.
I don’t think you are required to buy anything. I would tell them the kind of look you have in mind, ask them how they suggest achieving it and what products would be best.
I would tip, if it took more than 15 mins or so and esp if I didn’t buy anything; unless for whatever reason they aren’t allowed to accept it. But not sure of the protocol on that one.
Post # 5
@tksjewelry: I’ve bookmarked this myself!
I say go to Ulta, Sephora, your local mall with a Nordstroms and check out some different brands! Tell them exactly what you are telling us! Better, they will be more helpful with actual product knowledge and what works best for your skin type/tone etc.
I personally LOVE MAC Cosmetics. Im not a big make up person but when I am I love having my MAC! =) They have great colors for eyeshadows and blushes and etc. I also love Benefit Cosmetics. More of a “Natural” look =)
I used StudioFix (Compact) Foundation Powder, A little here and there and BAM your done, a little blush and put a little mascara on! MAC consultants are great at helping/hands on; esp. with matching your tone! You can pay $50 (in product) to have your entire face done by a MAC artist, but most consultants will help you if they see that your going to buy something already since your asking for help/suggestions! =)
I say start with one of those, but definitely find what your comfy with and what feels good on your face! Best of LucK! Im sure you’ll get TONS of help from our fellow Bees!
Post # 6
I agree with pp–Sephora or Ulta would be good places to go because you can mix and match brands. Otherwise, go to a mid-range department store where you can afford to buy a few of the things they use on you.
If you never wear makeup, make sure you take good notes about how everything is being applied. Only buy what is unique to the brand… like a signature lipstick, foundation that matches your skintone, the perfect blush, etc. You can get loose powder, eye liner, mascara, and lipliner pretty much anywhere. That way, you don’t end up spending a fortune if you like what they’ve done.
Also, be honest with them! Tell them how much you are willing to spend when all is said and done.
Post # 7
I went to Sephora and got help, plus I bought a lot of make-up. You can get make-up for cheaper, but it won’t be as good. So I’d recommend buying the major things (foundation, concealer) at a nice store when they do your make-up. Cheaper eyeshadow and lipstick might work almost as well, so maybe that’s where you can save money.
Post # 8
@Ayslinn87: this is not rediculous at all! I wear makeup DAILY and love love love spending time on my makeup in the morning…its like yoga with glitter for me 🙂 (Ok, so I don’t actually wear glitter) Anyway, my point is that I could NOT answer half of your questions and have resorted to buying most of my makeup online…or at the drug store.
I’ve been to the MAC counter once and got so overwhelmed I never went back. 😉
Post # 9
Also Clinque does make up too. If you are going on the weekends for Mac Sephora or Clinque you must call and make an appointment.