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Every few years it’s a good idea to look at the new make-up offerings and update your look. The maze of shiny displays with eager salespeople promising miracles can be intimidating and confusing. Navigating this minefield and coming out with what you want can be challenging.

Last week I got caught in the grip of an enthusiastic salesperson and left looking more like a drag queen than beauty queen. I just sat like a deer in the headlights and got painted beyond an inch of my life.

Am I the only woman who follows her own lip line? Sure I’ve played with the proportion a little bit, but this was joker material…in bright Red!

Since I failed so miserably last week, I’ve put together a few tips for the next time I’m you’re getting a department store makeover.

 

8 Tips To Maximize A Make-up Makeover

 

1. Bring pictures

Cut pictures from magazines of some looks and products you’ve seen and wanted to try. This helps give the salesperson a baseline to start from.

2. Be safe

If the salesperson makes you a sample of a product from an open jar, the germ quotient will be sky-high. It’s safest to use sealed, pre-made samples, or one’s that are made from a pump bottle.

3. Have them apply make-up to just one side

Then you apply it to the other side to see if you like working with it. This also gives you a chance to practice their application technique. If you can’t make the same magic happen at the makeup counter, you won’t be able to at home.

4. Use their hand mirror

Hold it up to watch their progress and also take it outside to check the color and texture. What looks like gleam at the counter could be a grease slick in the daylight. That soft color shadow you like in the store, may look harsh in daylight.

5. Be honest

If you won’t bother applying an eye primer, face primer, plus a serum before foundation, don’t have her apply them. It’ll change how the other makeup and foundation looks…which defeats your purpose. If she starts to explain something and you don’t understand, tell her!

6. Tell her what you’re currently using

The make-up artist is judging how much you’re willing to spend based on what you’ve previously spent. Why have her demonstrate a $200 product if you’d never spend the money on it? Don’t waste her time or yours.

7. Speak up

If you don’t like what’s being put on your face be sure to say so, right away. Give them the opportunity to try something else that you may love!

8. Don’t Feel Guilty!

If you honestly don’t like, want or need what you’ve sampled, don’t feel pressured to buy it.

 

I returned a few things today but kept the eyebrow kit. Funny thing about my eyebrows, they just keep shrinking and migrating south.

In the category of unnecessary trivia and who cares…

” eyebrow-hair transplant requests are up 25% in New York.”

~plastic surgeon, Andrew Jacono

When is the last time you updated your make-up or technique?

Every few years it’s a good idea to look at the new make-up offerings and update your look. The maze of shiny displays with eager salespeople promising miracle can be intimidating and confusing. Navigating this minefield and coming out with what you want can be challenging. Here are 8 tips to help you maximize your make-up makeover.

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