My Makeover Experience at Sephora

just for fun Jan 24, 2019
It has been a long time since I really cared about how my makeup looked. That’s not to say I don’t care, but I’ve always been the kind of person who has a very strong sense of self and confidence with and without the primping so it’s not always necessary for me.  
Time is also a factor since I’d had my first baby, about 3 years ago the amount of free time that I’ve had and the priority of me doing my makeup well, has gone way down. It’s like, let’s figure out what my 5-minute makeup routine is and do that twice a week. 
I have made the decision to be in front of the camera more for my business and I truly want to put my best face forward. Well, putting my best face forward means that I needed to update what I do for my makeup routine. 
Sephora has always been my go-to place to find what I’m looking for in the makeup department because well, they have almost everything a girl could need. Because my time is precious (I have only 4 toddler-free hours in the morning every weekday) and I didn’t want to spend it browsing aimlessly amongst the hundreds of possible choices within the store.  So, I figured to make the best use of my time I set up a free one-hour full-face makeover at my local Sephora location. 
It was super easy for me to find a day and time on their website that would work for me at my local Sephora, and I booked the hour-long appointment about a week in advance. 
When I arrived there, Kimberly was all ready to help me. She asked me some questions about why I was looking for a makeover and what the types of products I was looking for.
Here is what I was looking for:
  • A very nice all over primer (I have old acne scaring and I don’t want it to be too obvious and I don’t want makeup settling in my pores.)
  • A medium coverage matte foundation
  • Illuminating powder 
  • Bronzer
  • Brow tint/brow kit
I have some good makeup products at home and asked Kimberly to help me incorporate those into the makeover so that I could recreate the look at home.
They were:
I had spent some time on Sephora’s website the night before looking at some products I might like and found a primer that I really wanted to try and asked Kimberly if we could use it. She said no problem and also suggested another one as well, that was her favorite. We tried both and Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer worked best for my skin. 
After the primer we moved on to foundation. Kimberly brought over 2 shades from her favorite foundation, MILK, and neither of them really matched my skin tone. Starting over we tried 2 other foundations from brands that I wasn’t familiar with (and honestly forgotten what they were) and they just didn’t have the right look/coverage that I wanted.
After suggesting that I was a fan of the IT Cosmetics brand we tried their Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Matte Oil Free with SPF 40 in Fair and it worked perfect. She applied it with a Beauty Blender Pro sponge, which I hadn’t used before (I typically use brushes) and it went on so flawlessly that I was shocked. 
After foundation, she showed me several tricks to use the Naked palettes and a brown eyeliner that would be best to brighten and widen my smaller eyes.
First, she would apply the eyeshadow and liner to one eye, describing the whole time what she was doing and then had me do it on the second eye. While I worked on recreating the look she would give me feedback about how I could improve my technique. I thought the style of teaching was really helpful. I didn’t get it exactly the same, but with practice, over time I am confident I will get there.
Next, we did brows, then bronzer and blush and finished it off with lipstick. Throughout the hour Kimberly listened to my suggestions, gave great advice and was flexible in helping me find products that worked for my skin, even if we had to try several different types/brands of products to get to the one that was just right. 
Here is what I ended up buying to incorporate into a full face makeup routine or to use in bits and pieces for a less extensive made-up look.
1. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff (I almost exclusively use Origins Skincare products)
7. NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita
8. Sephora Collection PRO Angled Blush Brush #49 (for bronzer application)
I spent about double what I was intending to spend but thought of it as a long term investment in myself and how I present myself to the world.
I’ve been using my full face makeup routine about 3 days a week and have so loved the results that I’m getting. I feel so much more confident in my appearance and my husband compliments me on how I look every time, which I am loving. 
So if you are considering a refresh of your look, I would 100% suggest booking a full-face makeover at Sephora.
The makeover itself is free with a $50 purchase. At no point did I feel pressured to purchase anything and knew from the things that Kimberly said that if buying everything we tried that day wasn’t in my budget I could take the list of what we used home and buy over time or not at all. 
So girl, treat yo’self. You’ll be glad you did. 
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