This past Friday, I decided to book a custom makeover for myself. I booked the 45 minute session online and arrived there about 15 minutes early.
I had two men do my makeup. The first guy removed my eyeshadow, mascara and face makeup. Then, he applied skin care products by Perricone MD. I especially liked the Intensive Pore Minimizer, which felt like a toner when applied. He told me to use it both morning and night. But for $55, I decided to skip it.
The other Perricone MD product I liked was the No Concealer Concealer. He used it under my eye area, but also on my lid giving it a smooth finished look. Next, he used Urban Decay Pore Minimizer Primer on my face and UD Primer Potion on my eyes.
Once it was time for the makeup, the other guy took over. I was so nervous about the entire process that I didn’t get either of their names. He used Smashbox BB cream and powder to set my face. Then he worked on my eyes, using Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow. First he brushed Naked 2 over the entire eye area. Then he applied Foxy, with a yellowish tint, to my lid right above the pupil. Lastly, he placed Faint in the crease. It looked fabulous!
The main reason I chose to have a makeover was to learn how to do cat eyes. I was interested in buying the Lancome Artliner in Smoke. Since it retails for $30 and to get the makeover, you’re supposed to spend $50, I thought this would be a win-win situation. I would learn how to use the eyeliner and make sure I liked it before purchasing. Well guess what? They don’t carry it in stock right now. It’s one of those seasonal products at Sephora and I would have to buy it online – which wouldn’t count toward the $50. I was reallly bummed out as I had spent a lot of time last November trying out every shade of gray/blue on my hand. My second favorite color was Sephora Collection’s, Made in Manhattan, which comes in a pot. He applied it using the #10 eyebrow brush. “You want to apply it as close to the eyelashes as possible. Keep brushing it in small strokes one section at a time, ” he told me. He didn’t really do the cat eye with the tail (which is what I really needed help with), but he did do a thick line and showed me how he smoothed it using the same brush afterwards.
After using Benefit They’re Real mascara, my eyes were done. Next for the face. He used Nars bronzer and then Nars Orgasm blush. For the lips, which I really liked, he used a Bobbie Brown lipliner in pink brownie with a Nars lipstick. He finished it off with a gloss that looked great, but didn’t stay on. However, I really did like the lipliner and lipstick and may return to get them.
Overall, I liked everything. I bought the primer, Nars blush/bronzer combo and the Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. The total was $89. Since that was well over the $50 I had planned to spend, and I still didn’t end up with the Lancome eyeliner, I decided to return the face primer later that day. I’ve read reviews about using Monistat Chafing Relief gel so I’m going to try that as a face primer first.
When I took my make up off that night, the mascara was extremely hard to remove. Even though it made my lashes look great, I’m glad I didn’t buy it. The next day, I did my makeup and the eyes looked pretty much like he had done them. Hurray! The cheeks and lips are a little harder as I think I’m using too much bronzer for the sheer blush to show up. Also, I’m using my own lipliner and lipstick which aren’t the same colors he used.
If you’re planning on making some cosmetics purchases, I recommend booking a session with a Sephora makeup artist. They didn’t push any one brand and listened to what I was interested in doing. Besides, you can always spend $50 at Sephora! Visit their website at http://www.sephora.com.