January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
Every season, I get the urge to try something different with my makeup. If you are like me, I tend to get in a rut, applying the same shades and techniques because I don’t always have the time to experiment in the mornings. It can be incredibly frustrating and intimidating to walk up to a cosmetics counter or store and see all the colors and choices. Where do you even begin? Here are some of my tips and tricks to keeping a fresh face all year long.
My go to stores or counters are Estee Lauder, MAC, and Sephora. All three of these places will gladly help you update or change your look for FREE! So, here’s what to look and ask for when making your way to any of these places.
I have a little inside info here, since I used to work for the company. They offer Signature Services. Basically, when you walk up to the counter, the Beauty Advisor should hand you a menu offering you one of their services. Some of them include skin care, foundation match, two minute touch up, customer favorites, and new products. You can choose one or more of these complementary services and you are set with a new look. Another great perk of Estee Lauder, is that they truly value a good foundation match. They have a wide range of foundation types and colors and will gladly match your shade. If you don’t want to buy on the spot, ask for a foundation sample. I highly encourage this so you can see the shade in all types of lighting. The sample is supposed to last 10 days, but I’ve always been able to make it last about 20 days.
Going into MAC is like walking into a wonderland. So much color! The options can be quite scary, so it’s best to work with a consultant to get a little guidance. If you are wanting to change up your eye look, this is the best place to go. Once you get with a consultant, it’s good to let them know the look you are going for, especially if you are picky. Otherwise, let them work their magic. You may want an everyday look or a good night time option, either way, after they are done working on your eyes, you won’t want to wash it off. They are very good about instructing you on how to create the look on your own. What’s the freebie to ask for? Ask for a sample of their pigment. It is a highly concentrated color in a dusty/powder form. You can actually use this on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. A little goes a long way. I bought a regular size pigment 10 years ago and I haven’t even gotten half way through it!
This is a serious place. Anything beauty related, they have. Their consultants can help with just about everything from hair care to makeup brushes and everything in between. If you don’t have a Sephora near you, then they have a wonderful set up online and are always offering great deals and freebies with your purchase. My favorite thing about Sephora, is their Beauty Insider program. All you do is sign up and it doesn’t cost anything. You receive a card and every time you make a purchase, they scan your card. Every purchase amounts to a certain amount of points. When you get to 100 points, they give you your choice of a few products for free. I pretty much get something for free every time I buy something, so it’s not hard to accrue your points.
Some helpful tips when going out to get your free makeovers…
*If you can, go on a week day at a non peak time. Morning or early afternoon. This way the consultants can give you more attention and you are likely to get better service.
*Be very specific. You will be happier with the results. If there is something you do not like, do not hesitate to say what you think. It is a waste of everyone’s time if you go home unhappy.
*Try to make it to these stores with a clean face. The consultants will be happy to remove your makeup, but it makes it a little bit easier to visualize the new look when you start out with a fresh canvas.