October 11, 2012

Ask a Make Up Artist: Tips to Save Money on Brand Name Cosmetics

Tips to Save Money on Brand Name Cosmetics

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Makeup Artist Secrets: Tips to save money on brand name cosmetics at a luxury make-up counter or department store!

Ever walk through the Cosmetics Counters of a luxury department store in the mall and wonder, “Are these high-end luxury brand cosmetics worth the higher price tag?” Well, I’m here to give you some straight advice on how to save some money while at these make up counters so that you don’t break the bank!

Here are some things I’ve learned in my years of experience as a Freelance Makeup Artist…

Tips to Save Money on Brand Name Cosmetics

TIP #1 = Great makeup starts with great skin.
If your skin is healthy and well cared for, you can pretty much get away with wearing any product you want. If your skin is neglected, dry and cracked, even the best makeup won’t help you much. A great way to save money on makeup is to take the time to properly care for your skin so that you won’t need much in the first place!

Tip #2 = NEVER make an impulse decision at a luxury cosmetics counter! (I used to work at one, believe me, I know!)
The cosmetics industry as a whole realizes that 90% of make-up splurges are an “impulse buy” that most people are too lazy to return or exchange. A great way to save money is to ask to first “sample” the products for FREE at the counter. Try it on, walk around with it, look at it in different lighting, ask the opinion of others, if it’s not worth the price, you will know! And if you’re still thinking about how wonderful this product was, THEN go back and buy it. Also, most of these products are available for sampling (even to take home) if you ask. As the consumer, realize that a lot of the “retail markup” is accounting for samples and trials at the counter. You end up paying for it anyway, so why not take advantage of this!

Tip #3 = Do your research!
If you are going to invest in a high-end makeup product, do your research first! These days you can find reviews online for just about anything. It can be as simple as just “googling it” on your smart phone real quickly while shopping! Before you spend lots of money at a high-end cosmetics counter, make sure the products you are looking to purchase have positive feedback from people who have similar skin type & skin concerns as you do.

…Stay tuned for more tips on my NEXT article (coming soon)!

Read Tips to Save Money on Brand Name Cosmetics Part 2

Want more? Can’t wait? Check out my website for FREE information on makeup, weddings, hair, before and after pictures, etc!

Hope that helps!

Yours Truly,


PS:  Ever wish you could ask a Pro Makeup Artist for some FREE advice?  Contact me!  I’d love to hear about what confuses you!  I believe in helping the average person “de-mystify” the cosmetics industry, and in helping to educate the average consumer.  I’d love to hear your input… You may be the inspiration for my next article!  To contact me, use the contact form on my website.  You can also send me an email at Anne@CharlottesvilleMakeupArtist.com (please put “Makeup Advice” in the subject line).  Thanks!

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About the Artist:
Anne’s makeup obsession began at an early age. As a former model, she knows what it takes to look fabulous in photos! After working at MAC cosmetics as a professional makeup artist for over 2 years, she decided to start her own business, focusing on day-of bridal and wedding party makeup, as well as high end fashion, glamour and beauty makeup applications. Very experienced; she has been a professional makeup artist for several years, and has applied her excellent techniques and unique artistry to over 1000 faces.

Anne is no ordinary makeup artist; her finished product is a work of art. People come to Anne when they want the best of the BEST! She can easily create a variety of customized, beautifully blended, professional looks, ranging from an all-natural day time look, to a sultry/sexy evening, night out in the town look; and will make you feel like you just stepped out of a magazine! Whether it’s an effortless “girl-next-door-beauty,” to a high fashion, smoky eye with a “Kim-Kardashian- all-out-sexy-glam look,” to everything in-between, Anne can do it all! She travels with a well-stocked, up to date kit containing only professional tools and supplies, most of which are luxury makeup products and she uses professional MAC Makeup brushes for all applications. Anne is energetic, punctual, fun, and familiar with on-set / day-of protocol. She is available for travel within the United States, Asia, Europe, and adapts well to all locations and situations. She is Fluent in Dutch/Flemish as well as conversational Tagalog and French.

Originally from the DC Metro Area, she moved to her husband’s home town after her marriage in May 2010. She is happily married and lives in the outskirts of Charlottesville, VA with her husband, Nate and is also a dedicated member of the Charlottesville Derby Dames roller derby team. You can visit her site CharlottesvilleMakeupArtist.com

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