Did you know Chanel provides free makeup classes for customers? The sessions are called Chanel Master Classes, and I went to my very first one last Saturday at my neighborhood Macy’s store.
Department store-sponsored makeup classes typically involve a group of customers observing how an artist applies makeup to a model. I’ve been to a few of them before, and while they’re fun (especially if you go with a friend) and good for a tip or two, they aren’t hands-on and can be kinda boring.
But there was nothing boring about the Chanel Master Class. Chanel makes sure you get your feet wet, so to speak. Instead of merely observing someone else apply makeup, you also get to do your own.
Interactive, Small Classes
Class sizes are kept small — just 12-16 students — so you don’t feel lost in the crowd. You get your own work station, complete with hand-held mirror and a cup filled with gloriously silky Chanel brushes. As an instructor demonstrates each technique on a model in the front of the class, you get to follow along with them, duplicating each technique on yourself.
In addition to the main instructor at the front of the class, a Chanel artist also sits with you to help you pick out colors and to be available to answer any questions you might have. Education + makeup + fun + snacks (cookies, crackers and bottled water) = Karen’s idea of a hella good time.
These courses are more than simply an opportunity to learn (not that there’s anything wrong with learning); you also get to play with soooo much Chanel. The entire Chanel makeup line is at your disposal to test, touch and drool over. HOLLA!
And if you know what products you want to try beforehand, you can ask your makeup artist for help. So awesome!
Going into the class, I knew I wanted to try the Emerald Coast eye shadow duo and Indigo Inimitable mascara…
I ended up doing a light smokey green eye with nude lips and cheeks.
The Chanel Products I Chose to Use
- Emerald Coast Irreelle Silky Eyeshadow Duo ($40) – champagne and jade green shimmer shadows
- Dunes Quadra Eye Shadow palette ($56) – beige matte, pale pink shimmer, taupe shimmer, dark brown matte shadows
- Indigo Inimitable Mascara ($28) – dark blue mascara that lengthens, separates and thickens lashes
- Rose Bronze Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($42) – rose with gold shimmer
- Teint Naturel Liquid Foundation in #4.5 ($57.50) – semi-matte foundation with medium to full coverage and SPF 8
- Pro Lumiere Concealer in #50 ($38) – a liquid concealer in a brush pen form
- Nude Lip Liner ($28) – shimmery raisin liner with an attached blending brush
- Aqualumiere Lipgloss in Freeze ($26) – shimmery bronze lipgloss
Here’s a picture I took of the look at home before I left for Costco later in the afternoon.
Notice the pained expression? I hurt my back running the day before and forgot to take pain killers the morning of the class. I still had a blast, though.
A Few Tips From Class
- When looking for foundation, match a shade to the color of the skin located at the point where your chin and the top of your neck meet. This area doesn’t get a lot of sun, so it serves as a good example of your natural skin color.
- Once applied to the skin, foundation oxidizes and darkens within five to 10 minutes. When choosing a shade, error on the side of a lighter shade, not a darker one, because the color will most likely darken slightly once it’s on your face.
- For big events where you anticipate having your picture taken, use Mat Lumiere or Pro Lumiere foundations for full, long-wearing and photo-friendly coverage.
- Place your palm upward, and then use your thumb to press down at the tip of your pointer finger. Notice how your fingertip darkens? Find a blush shade that matches that darker color to get the most natural looking flush on your cheeks.
- Chanel’s two ranges of blushes offer different types of color coverage. The Silky blushes offer a lighter veil of color, while the Joues Contraste blushes provide more color intensity.
The class was filled with useful information, but at some point during the class the pain in my back affected my ability to concentrate.
How to Attend a Chanel Master Class
Several large department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s offer Chanel Master Classes. Call or stop by your local Chanel counter to find out when they plan to host a class in your area.
The classes are “free” and last from 2-3 hours. What do I mean by “free”? Well, they won’t cost ya one red cent to enroll in, but there’s an ancient, unwritten makeup counter rule which states that you should always purchase at least one item before heading home. Chanel products usually cost upwards of $25 each, so plan to spend a minimum of $30 during or immediately after your class. It’s not a requirement, but it keeps you in good graces with the artists, instructors and counter folk who assisted you in class.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,