Before the holidays I had stopped at my local Sephora store to grab a couple beauty basics ie: eyelash curler and some brushes. Unfortunately the experience was very negative due to the lack of service and left empty handed with a sour impression of Sephora. I sent in a letter about the situation in order for them to be aware of what occurred and in hopes this does not happen to others. Personally I have worked in the retail industry all my life and feel good service is a must no matter where you go. Sadly, there was no response from Sephora and just left it at that.
Recently a friend mentioned she had an issue with Sephora and received a prompt resolution via their Facebook page. I decided to mention the situation once again and received a private message almost immediately. Long story short, the local Sephora invited me back to their store to attend free makeup application and offered a goodie bag of samples. I cordially obliged as I wanted to give them a second chance to make things right. They paired me with a fellow Pinup/Retro admirer which was pretty awesome.
As I walked into the store I was immediately greeted by Jackie, the employee I had been dealing with via email. She introduced me to the makeup artist Ashley whom was going to teach the makeup session. Of course I had to bring my retro makeup book as reference material for the look I wanted to achieve. Ashley knew exactly what this look entailed and went about the store to find products she was going to use.
When she began, the first thing she mentioned was to start out with the eyes and do your primer and foundation last. This way if you mess up, you can just wipe it off and restart without affecting your base. It makes sense right? We started with a concealer (Kat Von D eye primer) on the eyes since I have very fair skin and the veins in my lids are pretty noticeable. Next step was to apply a base of light all over shadow, worked up to just below the brow. Slowly she built up the shadows in the crease, utilizing several neutral colors (Too Faced Naked Eye Pallet), from lightest to darkest gradually.
Kat Von D Eye Primer
Too Faced Eyeshadow - Naked Eye Soft & Sexy
Then we were onto the black eyeliner, something that scares me to death since you must achieve a solid clean line to have the perfect effect. Being a beginner, Ashley recommended to use the gel eye liner (Stila smudge pot – black) with an angled brush. Using short even brush strokes, she created a flawless line. Drawing in the wing was a bit tricky, but not impossible. Just have some q-tips handy with eye makeup remover to quick corrections. She filled in any areas with black eye shadow to ensure a flawless finish.
Stila Smudge Pot Eyeliner - Black
Thankfully I am very fortunate to have a natural arch to my brow and do not require much tweaking in this area. She just lightly filled them in with a smudge-proof brow powder (Anastasia Duo II – ash blonde) using an angled brow brush. From there she curled my lashes using a heated eyelash curler to avoid any damage with the traditional clamp style (very bad for the health of your lashes). Since I am still very new to all of this, Ashley recommended to try half lashes rather than the full ones which are much trickier. She applied the first one and I did the second. It was not perfect but with the proper lighting and some tweezers, it would be pretty easy honestly. The eyes were now complete!
Anastasia Brow Powder - Ash Blonde
As a base, she applied an oil free primer (Smashbox photo finish) and then a light coat of all over foundation (Diorskin nude – light beige). Surprisingly she applied a concealer under the eyes AFTER the foundation. Why? To save on product since the foundation would just smudge the concealer around. Who knew!
Smashbox Primer - Photo Finish
DiorNude Concealer - Light Beige
Lightly apply a bronzer (Too Faced – Chocolate soleil) around the edge of your face just to make it pop. Afterwards, select a nice pink blush to add on the apples of your cheeks. Finish off with a red liner and lipstick of your choice, my personal favorite is Mac Russian red.
Too Faced Bronzer - Chocolate Soleil
Mac Lipstick - Russian Red
After removing the makeup later that evening, I found that my forehead was a bit irritated from either the primer or the foundation or my new face cream. It could simply be because my skin is not used to these types of products or need to find an alternate brand that does not cause an irritation. I am going to test out each one separately to see what happens and go from there. Thankfully Sephora has a great exchange/return policy in these cases.
The Final Look
I was blown away at the final look and felt pretty confident I can accomplish this on my own with a little practice. For the first time ever, I spent over $200 on beauty products and do not regret it one bit! Next purchase will be a good set of brushes, stay tuned!