My Sephora Makeover

Yesterday was a special day for me because I got my first ever makeover done at a Sephora store at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, MI. 45 minute makeovers are available to Sephora VIBs for free (with a $50 purchase required) and can be scheduled over the phone or online.

wpid-imag2993.jpgAfter arriving at the store I was greeted by a friendly makeup artist Yilly who was going to do my makeover. First, she asked me if I was going to a special event and if there was anything special I wanted to concentrate on during the makeover. I explained to her that on Friday my best friend is getting married and I am in the wedding and I needed some fresh ideas for a wedding appropriate makeup look. I only knew I wanted to incorporate plum and silver shades into my eyes since these are the colors of my friend’s wedding but I was open to her creativity otherwise.

Yilly started by cleansing and moisturizing my skin using Sephora brand skincare and asked me about my daily skincare routine (and complimenting me on my skin, which Iย always like to hear!). Next, while the serum and moisturizer were setting in, she grabbed a basket and went shopping for the products she was going to use to create my look. My only suggestion was using a Nars Dual Intensity eyeshadow in Pheobie, which is a beautiful metallic plum shade.

Yilly concentrated on my eyes first saying that’s what she usually does so in case there is any fallout from the eyeshadows, it can be easily covered with foundation later on. It’s the opposite of what I normally do, I always do my eyes after applying foundation, powder and filling in my brows.

Below you can see a complete look, which I was extremely happy with. I loved how my eyes were the main focal point with the rest of the makeup being more subtle.



Here is a list of all the products used to create my look (I hope I am not forgetting anything).


  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Ivory
  • Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes in Light to cover my under eye circles and to illuminate skin around my eyes
  • Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder


  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer for contouring
  • Nars Powder Blush in Deep Throat
  • Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal for highlighting


  • Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
  • Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ย in Phoebie applied all over my eyelid and on my bottom lashline
  • Too Faced The Return of Sexy Eyeshadow palette- silver shades applied in the crease and in the outer corner of my eyes
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Purple Tang in my waterlines
  • Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara on my upper and lower lashes
  • Lancome Le Crayon Poudre in Natural Blonde to fill in my eyebrows


  • Nars Lipstick in Shrinagar- which is described as a “metallic raspberry”. I loved how the lip color complimented the whole look and it’s a color I’d never pick myself.

Overall, I was really pleased with my look and with the whole experience. Normally, I am very skeptical of such makeovers done in a store or at makeup counters because I always feel like the associates/makeup artists just try to upsell you products and act like they are better than everyone else. None of which was the issue in my experience and Yilly was extremely friendly and polite, she explained everything she was doing and asked for my opinions. In the future, I will definitely go back for another makeover. I think it’s nice to get a different perspective on applying makeup, hear the artist’s tips and learn something new.

What do you think of my makeover? Do you like the finished look? Have you ever had any makeovers done and if so, how was your experience? I’d love to hear from you!

With my friends Sarah and John’s wedding coming up this Friday( which I couldn’t be more excited for!!!), I have been extremely busy with projects and preparations for the wedding so I apologize for being less active on the blog and taking a little time off. Next week everything should settle down and regular two posts a week schedule shall be restoredย . Thank you for understanding!

the founder and editor of Her and Makeup.


  1. John says:

    Maybe it’s just the photo but the last pic you look a little pasty white / ghostish. I’m going to assume that it’s the picture because you have a nice warm glow about you in the first ones. I really like the eyes the bet.

  2. howdoesdeedoit says:

    I think it looks sooo pretty on you!! Did you end up buying any of the products that she used?hehe I know many MUAs like doing the eyes first but I just cant do it…I can’t judge how its going to look if i start with my eyes somehow so i just…I dont lol i wouldnt have thought of applying a silvery shade in the crease btw but that looks pretty on you!!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi Dee! Thank you so much. I can never do my eyes first either, it just feels weird, lol. And me too- I would normally apply silver all over the lid and purple in the crease but that’s why i wanted that makeover, so i could get some new ideas! I did buy the Laura Mercier foundation and Kat Von D liner- the MUA made applying it look so effortless that i had to get it!

  3. Laarni says:

    Yilly did a great job I agree! I haven’t tried makeovers yet! I am a shy person! lol but I am always open to suggestions and new ideas. I wish to attend a wedding soon! No one in the family or friends will tie a knot as far as I know? lol Have a wonderful time on your friends’ wedding day! xx

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      I have always had the same problem- I was too shy to get a makeover but you can learn so much from it and I am definitely going to try it again! My friends dated for almost 11 years so it was high time for them to tie the knot. I love weddings and this one is particularly important to me because I love both of them so much and it’s the first time I am a bridesmaid in the US ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Linda Libra Loca says:

    As stated on Instagram earlier I really like the look on you! The eyes are sultry, but not over the top, and putting the purple on the lid with silver accents is a nice twist for fall. Keep us updatet on how you succeed in recreating it.

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Thanks Linda, the MUA really did a great job. I think I will practice to recreate the look tomorrow so I’m all ready for the wedding on Friday and I know what I’m doing then!

  5. Sunny says:

    Hey Agata, I love how the look turned out! It’s so exciting that you’re going to a wedding! I hope you’ll take loads of photos and show us the makeup you wear on the actual day ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Thanks,Sunny! I love it too and I am super excited. I am not 100% sure I will have time to take pictures of my makeup with all the hassle but I am sure there will be pictures!

  6. Xuvious says:

    The lipstick and the eye look really balance each other well. Plum eyeshadows are so gorgeous for this time of the year. Also, is the Laura Mercier foundation a new launch? It looks very natural! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Thanks Xuvious, I love plum and purple shades anytime of the year! It is Laura Mercier’s newest foundation. It is fantastic. It’s got a good coverage but it does look really natural and covers all the imperfections. Get a sample if you can!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi and welcome to my blog! Thank you for your sweet compliment. I’d never pair that lipstick with this eye makeup but I love the combination!

  7. neversaydiebeauty says:

    Beautiful look! I love the shades you chose. Dramatic and very flattering! I just reached VIB status, and I am thinking of getting a makeover. I still need help on how to do a proper cat eye on my oddly shaped eyes. This may be a strange question, but did you tip the MUA? I’m never sure on tipping etiquette especially for a “free” service

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Ha, that’s a good question and I didn’t even think about it and I didn’t tip at all. Now I am thinking I should have although technically it’s not free (since you have to spend $50 so you’re buying products anyways).

  8. Kishia says:

    It looks wonderful on you! So excited you found a lovely eye-combo for your friends’ wedding! I’m all for plums ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. kristen @ glambunctious says:

    The look she created for you is awesome because the first thing you notice are your beautiful eyes! I was going to have makeovers done at Sephora for a group of girls at my bachelorette party but a few couldn’t commit to a $50 purchase so we scrapped it. I would love to get my makeup done there sometime. Seeing how great yours turned out just furthers my interest in trying it out! I hope you had fun at the wedding!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Thank you, Kristen. The wedding was gorgeous and I had the best time. You should definitely get a makeover, it was such a positive experience. I cannot wait to get my next one.

  10. Janet Bene says:

    Hi Agata! After looking at these photos, I’d say you did a great job recreating it for the wedding! I am also loving your hair! It looks SO pretty straight! Very sleek and alluring!

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