I have to admit, as a non beauty guru the thought of Ulta Beauty intimidated me. I would go in and just feel overwhelmed by all of the products and never know what to actually look at. Then a few months ago I decided to pick one product I wanted to learn about and go for it. I decided on a contouring kit.
I went to our local store and began to wander around until one of the store associated saw how lost I looked and offered to help me. It was then that I fell in love with the store, I realized the people there weren’t just typical sales associates, they actually knew what they were talking about, just like the ones you would find at a skin clinic. The associates will help you with all sorts of questions, apply makeup for you to help you figure what colors and products work best and they even offer free classes!
Last Friday I attended one of their basic makeup classes and I loved it. Our instructor took us through the basics of skin care, foundations, eyes and lips. She applied makeup on two very different people and gave us a lot of tips. Here were some of my favorite:
The Perfect Cupid
Whenever I apply lipstick I try my best to get the perfect cupid’s bow which makes the bold lip colors I wear look amazing. If I don’t get the cupid’s bow right it just looks like a big mess and is very obvious. She suggested making an “X” with your lip color on your cupid’s bow and then filling in the rest of the lips. I have to say it works really well and I usually get my lipstick applied far more evenly.
What Shape ARE My Eyes?
It’s easy to look at yourself in the mirror but determining if the outer corners of your eyes point up or down isn’t quite so simple. Some people may have an easy time seeing this but for those of us that can’t she suggested putting a pencil across the bridge of your nose. It gives you a guide line as to what is straight across, then you can see which way your eyes naturally turn. This helps when applying eye liners.
So I’ve been applying mascara for a very long time and it never dawned on me to apply the mascara to the TOPS of my lashes as well as the bottom. I have no idea why but I always just apply it from the bottom and do a few coats. Adding a coat to the top helps fill them out a bit.
The classes at our local store are over until after the holidays but I am looking forward to trying out some new products and participating in some more classes. Who doesn’t want to spend an evening playing with amazing makeup?