Get your party season makeup looks down with a little expert advice from the professionals…
Strappy black heels: check.
Oversized gemstone earrings: check.
Animal print anything: check.
Blow out appointments: check, check, check.
Makeup: oh crap.
Yeah, yeah, you can swipe on a layer of mascara and tinted lip balm with the best of them, but pull off a smoky eye, apply the now-mandatory strip of faux lashes and draw on symmetrical brows? Hell no! Its not that you don’t like makeup, you do, it’s just that the last time to tried to be your own glam squad you ended up staying in and watching Netflix with a healing and hydrating sheet mask on your tear-stained face. So what are you going to do? Stay in for the entire festive season while your Outlook calendar is pinging with party invites? Not. Go get some help. It’s easy. A professional makeup artist can correct your technique, suggest products targeted to your needs and skin type and create and teach you how to get your glam on. Retailers, like M.A.C, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora offer in-store makeovers with trained makeup artists. Spoiler alert: they book up fast, so make your appointment now and don’t forget to ask if there is a cost for their services.
OUR GUIDE TO FIND YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST
Point of difference: Makeup for everyone. They encourage individuality with no judgment and their pro team is constantly training and applying new trendy looks, so their knowledge of beauty is endless.
Claim to fame: Dramatic stage looks for performers and runway models.
Contact: M.A.C stores
Point of difference: A beauty department store with a mix of luxury, fast beauty and independent brands all under one roof.
Claim to fame: They’ve got their finger on the pulse of the global beauty industry. Book in with one of their makeup artists and they’ll show you all of the latest, greatest and most coveted products for right now.
Contact: Sephora stores
Shoppers Drug Mart
Point of difference: Multiple brands in easy to navigate aisles. Plus their store staff, especially in the Beauty Boutiques are super friendly and helpful.
Claim to fame: The store’s pro artists are renowned for their breadth of general information, making them the go-to store for savvy shoppers who want insider intel.
Contact: Shoppers Drug Mart stores
Point of difference: Luxury brands like Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Tom Ford.
Claim to fame: The individual brands have unique makeup artists, so you can pick and choose if you want your look to have a signature style from NARS, Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury etc.
Contact: Nordstrom stores
Point of difference: Tried, tested and true beauty, like Clinique, Estée Lauder and Lancôme, complete with individualized makeup counters and services.
Claim to fame: Casual, yet professional customer service that will make you feel comfortable and in good hands.
Contact: Hudson’s Bay stores