Rate it: getting your makeup done

By Aisling | February 24 2009 | 47 Comments


It sounds great doesn’t it – getting your makeup done for an evint at a beauty counter or by a makeup artist. I love getting my hair done and won’t venture anywhere without a blowdry. But the makeup? More often than not it ends up looking totally crap. I don’t look like me and quite often I look far more subtle than I’d like. Colours might not suit and foundation can end up completely the wrong shade.

But what does everyone else think I wonder? Tell us why you love/hate getting your makeup done!

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47 Replies to "Rate it: getting your makeup done"

  • becks says:

    Got my make up done twice.

    Once was with Dior which was lovely. Another was chanel and it was awful just awful.

    She wanted to put green eye shawdow on me and I said no and then I had to remind her no I didn’t want green. She then proceeded to use every other colour and in the end I had to stop her.

  • Ladyelle says:

    Got my make up done a few times but it was exaggerated coz it was for photo shoots so it was done heavier than I’d usually wear it….got it done as well for my friends wedding I was her bridesmaid and it was fab !

  • Twinkletoes says:

    I’ve only had it done once – at Bobbi Brown in BTs. I loved the eye makeup but the foundation/blusher were too dark for me and I looked a bit crazy! I ended up taking off the face and redoing it while keeping the eyes!

  • MontyC says:

    I’ve had my make up done at the YSL and Chanel counters and I have to say, both were really lovely.

    On both occasions I went for the ‘daytime’ looks (which is what I wanted) and I ended up buying the perfect touche foundation at YSL afterwards as it suited me so well.

    However, one gripe I had was that the attention of the YSL lady kept drifting from me (and my make up) to whatever was happening around the store. She was very easily distracted and that gets a little annoying after a while.

  • Loddy says:

    I’ve got my makeup done a lot, bobbi brown, lancome, mac, make up forever, and brown sugar. looks absolutely amazing when you leave the place, but it never seems to last me the whole nite, and cause i didnt buy all the products they use I can never top it up…. :(

  • Cathspyjamas says:

    Love getting my makeup done. I’m ok at doing it myself, but for a long day (e.g. a wedding or similar) it always lasts longer with minimal touch-ups if done professionally. I generally avoid the counters as I come out orange of face and looking like a reject from an Xposé presenter audition.

    I’ve got my makeup done a few times by Derek Carbery (once for my wedding – I looked bleedin’ gorgis due in no small part to his efforts) and most recently by Leonard in Queen on Aungier Street. Again, he did a fabulous job. I’d highly recommend either of these guys.

  • becky says:

    anyone ever got it dne in Aura beauty in terenure? Im getting it dne there this weekend and just wondering whether it will be ok now?

  • Mise says:

    I’ve gotten in done in a beauticians a few times for special occasions, weddings, balls etc, but I’d never get it done in a department store. I don’t think the staff in BT’s etc are interested in what you look like. I think they just want to pressurise you into buying stuff.

  • LouLaBelles says:

    I remember one time I got mine done and she would’nt let me see it until the end, I was terrified! all the ones on the counter were going but saying “Oh lovely” but I had my doubts…… Nearly cried when I saw it! and I was on way to a wedding.
    I have dark hair and tanned skin so thought shed do a lovely smokey eye but it was a weird greeny / blue colour! and then I popped into shop on way home and got a glimpse of myself in mirror (no wonder people were starring at me..) the lipgloss or sth had worn off and I was left with bit lined lips! and my face caked in make up and loads a blusher. Had to leg it home to fix it all.
    God the state of me. Havnt got it done since. Think it was the then pout counter in BT!
    Young and foolish I was!

  • Noney says:

    Mac (and Pout) are always a little heavy handed. Armani are good, but Trish McEvoy’s counter in BT’s was the best I ever had done – esp. when I was close to tears on day of black tie as hairdresser had given me the worst, flattest blowdry ever – and I felt and looked so much better when they had finished with me. The best smokey eye ever!

  • Loddy says:

    Becky – never got my makeup done in Aura, but the lady there is great at everything else I’ve ever got done there, so no doubt it will be good.

  • becky says:

    thanx loddy…who is it you normally go to there? theres two that do make up apparently

  • I think why there is such a mixed response to getting your makeup done at a counter is that its pot luck who you get.

    You could get lucky and the sales girl is working the counters as a side line while they build their freelance makeup career or you could be getting your makeup done by someone who was hired for their sales skills not because they had any experience with makeup.

  • Bear says:

    Hi,the best tips for getting a day or longer out of a make up application is dont over moisturise and leave a few minutes between moisturiser and primer or if not opting to use primer, between moisturiser and foundation. Some make up artists only use primer to start but this is bad news for a dry skin as without moisturiser can look very patchy. Also powder well, now not go bananas, see laura merciers lift and roll trick with a velour puff for help, it works a treat. Some make up artists are one trick ponys as in they have three faces that they know how to do well, for my debs i remember three of us who all went to the same small beauty salon looked identical as she had one face that the beautician did on all of us. Mac can be hit and miss, remember leaving once thinking beautiful next time thinking i look as though i went up a chimney and rubbed my eyes up there – very scary looking smokey look – asked her to take it off as it was way too much for me and very messy looking, not happy.

  • ams says:

    Bear a day or longer??! I presume you dont mean sleeping in it overnight and getting another go out of it the next time!

    I’ve been really scared any time a sales assistant has gone near me. In benefit in NY she took of half my face and then plastered as much products as possible on it with no attempts to do the other side of my face!

    Came off the stila counter looking like a panda one day too – was morto as it looked as if I was messing round with finger paints or something!

  • Glitterkitty says:

    you couldn’t pay me to sit at a feckin counter to get my make up done
    i can apply my own very well, thank you!

    i’ve just heard so much bullsh*t coming from SA’s walking past concessions and have often wondered wtf is going on when watching the application or seeing the colours that are already on etc

    i always refuse to allow them even test stuff on me as well.. i know what colours suit me and am perfectly fine picking something and being confident it’ll suit

    what is is with the majority of SA’s being really bad at make up application!

  • smileyface says:

    I´ve gotton my make up done in loads of places too. Bobbi B in Dublin I found terrible- they were way too heavy handed with the eyeliner, while in Galway they are brilliant I would def go back. Benefit is a bit hit and miss, Brown Sugar were brilliant. The best of them all is my sister who is a make up artist (she works in none of the above places) :)

  • Miss Star says:

    I’ve gotten my make-up done twice at Laura Mercier in BTs and it was ab fab both times. Make-up is eye-wateringly expensive though so only for special occasions.

  • Anna says:

    I got mine done in December in Make up Forever in Clarendon Street….it cost 55euro but it was soooo worth it. I loved the look and everyone complimented me on my make up that evening. It gave me such a confidence boost. I had to wait quite a while as tehre was a mix up with the booking but the girl was so nice and did such a great job it made up for it and I would defo go back….unfortunetly the recession has hit me so would keep it for special ocassions only!

  • tcup says:

    i got my make up done twice once for a hen and once for a wedding. the girl comes to the house and does it there in your kitchen. and i think she’s fab. she uses mostly mac and has converted me to false lashes! i love the way i look after it takes about an hour and the amount of stuff she puts on my face i expect to look like a tranni but it always ends up being flawless.

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