Now, I might be late to the game (I often am), or I might be about to introduce you to a beauty secret that will change your life – or at least your look.
Last weekend, I had a makeup lesson at my local MAC store. And despite my initial reservations – my natural ‘fight or flight’ instinct kicked in as soon as I was approached by Chantelle eyelash curlers in hand – it was fantastic.
The best part is that although the lesson cost £30, you get £30 of makeup afterwards, so it’s basically a free makeup lesson with a trained makeup artist. (Although I did spend a sizeable proportion of my monthly income afterwards.)
Whether you’re a makeup pro or a complete beginner, these lessons are a great idea. I for example, am okay. My liquid eyeliner is acceptably matching, and I own at least 3 different shades of lipstick. Most days I pass as woman.
However, liquid eyeliner and mascara can get a bit old (I picture myself mid-70’s liquid eyeliner in hand, in front of a 20x magnifying mirror.) So, when Chantelle asked what I wanted, rather than be a control freak like normal I asked for something different. I asked for a ‘summer look’ and left it to Chantelle.
When she returned with a basket (a basket!) of products my flight instinct returned. But with soothing words, she got to work and quickly my mind was put at ease.
She gave me three foundation stripes, pointed out which one best suited my skin tone, and gave me a cooler option or a warmer option. I quickly chose the darkest one (obviously).
Chantelle also told me to use a concealer slightly darker than my foundation to cover my (major) under eye circles, rather than a lighter shade, which was a revelation.
She gave me a subtle smokey eye with a browny creme eyeshadow and the most beautiful brown glimmering eye pencil (Teddy)
She finished the summery look with the most beautiful coral pink lipstick, that I would never ever have even gone near. And somehow, it looked great!
Heres a few tips to maximise your experience:
- Go with in idea of what you want – or at least an idea of what you don’t want. They are not mind readers, and if theres so
me looks you don’t like, let them know!
- Go after payday! Although you get your lessons worth of makeup afterwards, you will definitely want EVERYTHING
- Go into the store to book, that way you can ask for who you like, or even whose look you like.
- Book well in advance.
- Get your glad-rags on and party away afterwards!