I don’t know how to do my own make-up so I scheduled a consultation at my local Sephora. These Custom Make-Overs are free if you commit to spending at least $50 on a purchase.
Let it be known that I don’t think make-up makes anyone beautiful or more beautiful or is in any way necessary to do so. I simply think cosmetics are fun and respect make-up application as an art form.
Food is typically my jam but I’m also a secret subscription box and beauty product nerd. I don’t purchase many products, but enjoy reading about them. The make-up I owned was acquired from Ipsy bags or impulse drug store purchases. Most didn’t work with my skin tone and varied in quality.
I set two goals for my consultation:
- Learn how to create a smokey eye look.
- Find a couple of products I liked enough to buy.
Growing up in the South suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul, I found that my Asian eyes tripped people up. Heck, they tripped me up! It took me a while to figure out why the make-up tutorials on the back of eye shadow cases and in magazines never worked. Make-up artists at department stores often had no idea what to do with my eyes. One particular experience with the Mary Kay distributor next door in college really soured my outlook on eye make-up. The signs were obvious: Furrowed eyebrows + eyeshadow meant I’d probably look like a clown. Eventually I gave up.
When I called Sephora to make my appointment, I specially requested an individual who knew how to apply make-up to Asian eyes. The associate kindly told me that all of their make-up artists have a diverse client base and broad understanding of make-up application. Fortunately, she was right. My make-up artist did actually know how to work with Asian eyes. She patiently demonstrated how she would create a smokey eye look for a fancy night out. Whether or not I could ever replicate the look is a different story, but I learned a general technique to practice at home.
There are all of the products she put on my face:
Eye shadow base
Eye brown pencil
Facial contouring powder
My face felt weird, but I looked pretty glam. “You’re going to have to go grab a drink now,” said my consultant. I drove right home.
I was so amused by the sight of my own face that I texted Jake a photo of myself looking scared my face. “LOOK AT MY FACE.” Here’s the one and only photo if you must.
“Would I scare my dog,” I wondered? He freaked out the first time he saw me wearing sunglasses. Trayse was fine.
Joking aside, the consultation did introduce me to several products that I liked enough to buy. And although I can’t replicate that smokey eye to a T, yet, I have a blueprint.
All in all I found the experience helpful. If you decide to try this service, be direct with your adviser about what you want help with and don’t hesitate to share your likes and dislikes. I really didn’t give mine many guidelines. In hindsight, I wish I had taken the time to research products I wanted to try in advance. I was surprised by how much some of the items cost. Sephora’s products seem to range from high-end to a more affordable house brand. For example, a blush can range from $7-60. The products my consultant chose seem to get high reviews; I didn’t specify a budget and think she just picked out some of her favorites.
My consultant didn’t pressure me to buy a specific product or amount of products, though she did ask if I wanted to sign up for the rewards program. I’ll sign up for store reward programs as long as they don’t involve credit cards.
How do you feel about stores like Sephora? Did you find this type of make-over helpful or awkward?