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.
After 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 I 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 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 restored . Thank you for understanding!
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