Bring a buddy. That’s my first advice. Someone who knows a little bit about beauty, because if you’re completely new to makeup, a makeup counter with hundreds or thousands of colors and products crammed into a small space can be downright intimidating, and a buddy can offer moral support and valuable input (like helping you decide between similar products or encouraging you to stick to your budget).
You can make a day of it and go out to lunch or coffee before or after.
I’d also suggest…
1. Knowing your beauty goals
What would you like to achieve? Is there an eye look you’d like to learn or a concern you have (dry/oily skin, hyper-pigmentation, under-eye circles, how to contour)?
Having something specific in mind, even if it’s just one thing, will help the makeup artists/sales associates help you.
2. Bring pics
Smartphones have really helped with this. Bringing pics of looks you like will really, really help. A picture’s worth a thousand words.
3. Gauge your skill level
You might want to let the artist know where you’re coming from in terms of your skill level. Even though it’s your first visit (or, one of your first) to a makeup counter, do you ever wear makeup at home? What do you wear? Are you comfortable with blending? Do you ever wear cat eyes or smokey looks?
Knowing what you can already do, and what you’re comfortable with, will help the person assisting you.
4. You can always go back later
Even though the temptation’s there (this, I know), you do not have to buy every single product. Or any of them at all. It’s just one counter! There are plenty of other counters to try.
Lastly, if you have a good rapport with someone helping you, you can always go back to them and learn even more later.
What about you? What’s the best advice you could give to someone headed to a makeup counter for the first time?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,