Post # 1
I’m getting married in May many miles away in my home town. I’ll be home for Christmas (and plenty o’ wedding planning) but I don’t think it would be useful to do a makeup trial that far ahead, when my skin coloring will probably change a fair bit. So, my friend suggested that in the meantime I go to makeup counters at the mall to start experimenting with looks and getting used to having makeup applied (I hardly ever wear anything). That way, I’ll have have some input (and photos) for my makeup artist when I do have a trial, probably the week before the wedding.
I’ve never had makeup applied at a cosmetics counter – do you make an appointment? Do you have to pay a fee? Either way, are you expected to tip? Or purchase something? Any suggested counters/brands in particular? I don’t usually use upscale products, but I do like Clinique and MAC stuff in general.
Any thoughts would be grand!
Post # 3
Usually if you buy $40 dollars or more the makeover is included. You can make an appointment or just show up but either way I’d go on a weekday and not at lunchtime to get the best flexibility with length of the appointment and attention to detail with the person applying the makeup.
I highly recommend Stila, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Clinique, etc., for bridal makeup because they do excellent bridal makeup work and prefer to steer away from MAC.
Post # 4
Yes I agree JCM, you should buy at least $40, otherwise it looks tacky to just take up the artists time getting a trial make over. Although, I have ran across people at the mall who were working and bored and asked if they could do my makeup! That was fun. I always buy something though, it is a good practice. You can also go make appointments at Nordstroms and Benefit to get your make up done and then you’ll have experience with the coloring and the types of stuff to use on the big day.
Post # 5
Similarly to what was already said, I was once told the rule of thumb is buying two items. Which at almost any cosmetic counter adds up to a min. of $40 dollars. I agree that it’s tacky to not get anything.
Usually you don’t need to make an appointment, but you can call a counter and ask. Also, different brands sometimes have special "make over" days which are advertised on their websites.
I have done Lancome on several occasions as well as Smashbox. I liked both.
Have fun !
Post # 6
If you go with MAC you are REQUIRED to purchase $50 worth of products. When I worked for Clinique in 2004 it was only $25. I am unsure about Clinique now but I do know about MAC because my sister’s friends just had their Winter Ball and some of them had makeup done at MAC. As for appointments, since it is the holidays they are usually busy so I recommend making an appointment.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
Just call the counters and ask! 🙂 Despite what has been posted, each counter has a different requirement in each and every city. In LA you need to buy 3 items at the MAC counter to make a scheduled appointment, but for my wedding in Monterey, you just needed to buy 2 (no $$ requirement). At Bobbi Brown in LA it was 2 items as well. So just call… they usually tell you before you make the appointment to make sure you understand the conditions.
I’d recommend Bobbi Brown, MAC, Smashbox and Lorac. I used the makeup counters in LA for almost every "formal" event I had over the past 10 years and always had a great experience.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the advice, ladies. It probably won’t happen before the holidays (gosh, they sneak up fast, don’t they?), but probably soon after. Or, maybe I’ll try to go before some of the Christmas parties coming up.
Post # 9
Oh gosh! I feel horrible now. When I did my trials I never bought anything. However, I always came out looking like a drag queen so I wouldn’t even know what to buy! I feel bad now!