(Closed) Sephora & Ulta makeup question?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
729 posts
Busy bee

Sephora gives free makeovers. I imagine they’ll be happy to help you when you make it clear that you’re going to buy the relevant products. My only warning is that they’re not always the best makeup artists. Maybe you could take a tutorial from a professional MUA instead

Post # 3
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Ive never had my makeup done at one of these stores but I would definitely recommend buying from ulta over sephora. Both have a free rewards program but with ulta you actually earn $ to spend there while at sephora you just get whatever gifts they happen to have.

Post # 4
156 posts
Blushing bee

Sephora wil absolutely do makeup for you, however, as PP said, they are not trained so be careful. When i got into makeup, i watched a TON of youtube makeup vids and it helped me soooo much!! so try that! or you could go to a MAC counter where they are trained, and have a super professional look! good luck 🙂

Post # 5
2129 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016


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futuremrsrcb:  I don’t like the results I’ve seen on other people from Sephora’s MUAs. Have you looked into MAC..if you spend $50 you get a free makeover.

Post # 6
4888 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would hit up Sephora before Ulta for something like this. It could just be the Ulta I have in town, but when employees don’t even know the products in their store, and where they’re located in store, I don’t have much faith in them being experts in other things.

As other PPs have said, Sephora will do free make-overs, or at least point you in the right direction of what products to use. I would recommend that over having someone do something. I have never had a makeover at a cosmetics counter, but have seen friends for pre-wedding trials… and it’s usually not good.

Post # 7
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

If you want color matching or samples or a makeup application, Sephora is the place to go.

I like Sephora to look at super high end brands (Ulta does not sell NARS, YSL, Make Up Forvever, etc.), but I prefer to buy things at Ulta because their rewards program is way better than Sephora’s.


Post # 8
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Sephora is hit and miss. Sometimes you get someone amazing and sometimes you get someone who can’t tell a blush from a bronzer. 

Youtube is how I taught myself to do makeup. 

Post # 9
992 posts
Busy bee

I don’t ever wear makeup, so this part of the wedding-planning process was initially an afterthought for me. The week of my e-pics I realized that as much as I love my natural, no-makeup everyday look, I should probably do something for pictures. I scheduled a makeover at Sephora and am SOOO glad I did.

From what others have said, there’s no guarantee that the person doing your makeover has training, so maybe I just got lucky, but I explained to her that I needed something that would enhance my engagement pictures without completly changing my natural looks and she really nailed it. The whole time, she explained step-by-step what she was doing and what products she was using (and why!) and offered tips/advice for how to use the products as everyday makeup or for special events. She even managed to convince me to go with false lashes (which seemed like a bit much in person, but the e-pics looks so great, I’m glad I listen to her advice).

That said, since I simply have no DIY makeup experience, I decided after that to hire a professional MUA for my wedding day. Still, I think with a little practice plus the advice I got from the Sephora girl, it wouldn’t have been an impossible task.

Post # 10
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I would suggest finding a look you like on Youtube and buying the products they used to replicate it. There are some amazing makeup artist on youtube and I take it if you are willing to do your own makeup you must have the basics down so learning wouldn’t be a problem. Goodluck!

Post # 11
2256 posts
Buzzing bee

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futuremrsrcb:  Sephora will do free trials. So will Ulta. I would call ahead for Sephora and say you want a consultation.

BUT, be warned, because you’re not always going to like what that person does to your face. I went to a MAC kiosk in my local Dillards, and wow, I looked pretty cheap after she did what she did. Even I know how to apply eyeshadow better than a “MAC makeup artist”.

Be sure you express explicitly what you want, and if you see them getting out palettes that clearly do not fit what you want, speak up.

Post # 12
10357 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I believe w/ Sephora you have to have a minimum purchase ($50?) in order to get a trial done. I did this for my wedding makeup look, and it was a complete mess, lol! I got a really bad sales associate and literally walked out of my appointment looking like a clown. The plus side was that I got a great foundation match and also liked the skin care routine. I still ended up spending around $150. And I guess I learned how NOT to do a smokey eye… so there’s that.

Anyways, a better bet would be to ask when they have their classes, and if they are open to all and not just VIBs/VIB Rouges. Or, try the MAC counter. I’ve had really great looks every time I’ve had a MAC sales associate do my makeup. I’m not sure how their training compares to the Sephora “cast members.” 

ETA: I’m seconding (thirding?) those that say youtube vidoes! Those are where it’s at! Especially if you’ll be doing your own makeup.. watch some of those and try to recreate the looks, and practice practice practice! 

I was a ball of nerves the day of my wedding, and even though I was going for a look that I had worn plenty of times, I couldn’t get my eyes right at all. My hair stylist ended up finishing my makeup for me so that I would be on time for pics, and I tipped her extra. Have a backup plan just in case! 

Post # 13
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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futuremrsrcb:  Definitely Sephora! Not only will they give you a makeover and show you how to use the products, but there return policy is great! I’ve had items that I’ve returned after a few months because I used them a few times and didn’t like them, didn’t like color, etc. I feel like you need to use a product a few times to see how it reacts with your skin and to test if you really like it. 

Post # 14
1212 posts
Bumble bee

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futuremrsrcb:  it depends on the location, but my Ulta has more than one liscensed MUAs. Different from the makeup salespeople. MAC also does a great job. Just a thought- the amount you’ll spend on the makeup will be more than the makeup application. 

Post # 15
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m doing my own makeup after an awful makeup trial.


The lady at Sephora did a much better job than the MUA I  paid!


She showed me a few tricks..I spent a lot of $$$..lol..and been putting on my “bridal” face since Saturday. 


I think I look great!  

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