Saturday, 23 January 2016

Shop Like a Pro At Beauty Counters


If you are someone who wants to treat yourself with high end beauty products or you are a makeup artist who wants to raise the bar of your game and needs to incorporate some luxury items in your makeup kit but never shopped at beauty counters before then this article is for you. It is also for those who like me don’t trust online shopping for makeup items.

Going to the beauty counters can be scary. The gorgeous makeup artists with flawless makeup, wearing white lab coats and all the display of items can be intimidating for a first time buyer. Even sometime an expert buyer gets completely clueless.

Believe me, I have been there. It feels like I have been judged for my lack of knowledge about the brand or the salesperson thinks I can’t afford makeup from that particular brand but wasting their time. And sometime to avoid the embarrassment I made terrible purchases.  

There are tons of articles about the beauty counters salespersons and their tricks to lure you to buy more. Also there are videos where customers have expressed their feelings about unprofessional behaviour of beauty counter workers.

I can’t write a job description for counter workers but after many failed attempts of purchasing and some successful perhaps, I believe as a customers I am ready to pen down my thoughts and give some guidelines to avoid any unfortunate situation. So, without further ado let’s jump straight to the tips.

Tip # 1:
If you are newbie to makeup then before going to any counter, I will suggest doing an online research about the brand, like what kind of products are they offering? What is their best seller? What are their new releases? etc, etc…
It will give you a general idea about the brand and will also provide a clear picture what you really want to buy. You can use that information as an ice breaker when you reach at the counter.

Tip # 2:
Always start with mid-range brands. I will support my statement by saying that majority of their products, if not exceptionally good, works fine in most cases. At the end of the day there is little chance of you to regret your purchase. All these mid-range brands have extensive lines of products for every choice and you will be able to find something of ongoing trends.

Tip # 3:
If you make your mind to go for exclusively makeup products shopping then STICK to the plan. Most representatives will try to push skincare items in your basket. Skincare items can be expensive and not necessarily if it worked for you in the store, it will work the same at home.  If you are not ready to change your skincare or are not in a mood of forking out the huge amount from your wallet then don’t get tempted and don’t fall in the trap.

Tip # 4:
Never buy foundation on your first visit. If you are not comfortable and want to grab an item and run, it shall never be a foundation. 90% purchasing of wrong foundation happens in confusion. Leave it for your 3rd or 4th visit or once you are confident enough to talk to the salesperson without being anxious or intimidated by them. Try to get a sample of foundation so you can be 100% sure before splurging.

Tip # 5:
Hefty price tag doesn't mean the product will perform miracles. Some high end companies are charging you more for packaging than actual product. Spend your hard earned money wisely.

I hope my tips help you in your next trip to beauty counter. This is not the ultimate guide though. Hence if you have anything to add, you are more than welcome to leave the tip in the comment section below.

Happy shopping!!!



33 comments:

  1. To be honest it's the other way around at times. I've come across numerous representatives who don't know a thing about shade match and they end up suggesting the wrong foundation shades. I never trust counter ladies anymore. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. True Kiran.. That's why I said go for foundation shopping when you are comfortable enough to turn down salesperson recommendations. Some people can't do that and end up buying wrong match.

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  2. Very helpful post. I liked all the points you shared here esp tip#5 is really interesting. Yes, all high end brands are not necessarily good. Great post :)

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    1. Glad you liked it. I am always very careful about this :)

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  3. sigh have been sucked into buying a lot of stuff at counters. the sticking to a plan tip always works.

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    1. I was also really bad at this. But you will learn one day :)

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  4. sigh have been sucked into buying a lot of stuff at counters. the sticking to a plan tip always works.

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  5. Nice tips. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Ahh, we all know the Sephora girls that advise you to get a darker foundation to "look tanned" (aka the carrot skin tone)

    Mika | www.la-french-connection.com

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  7. This was a great topic. As a newbie there were mistakes I made but now salesgirls don't really bother me because they realize that I know what I am talking about. I urge everyone to shop with a buddy especially for foundation -Sadaf

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  8. Thank you for the tips! :D
    They are helpful and remind me to shop carefully :)
    Thanks for sharing ^^

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  9. tip 1 and 4 is something i always do! researching definitely helps a lot and helps me familiarise the brand and products

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  10. Great tips! Many people will find these helpful since shopping from counter is indeed nerve-wrecking!

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  11. Nice tips. Sales person actually can turn your good shopping mood into bad. I usually go late night to my makeup store and at that time mostly sales girls are gone and i can look around things easily :)

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  12. Sales girls are so nasty. I'm always leaving the counter because of their nosy attitude. Why do you keep testers if you can't let the person test and judge. Nice tips! :) x


    Momina Haseeb @ ๑ Divine Smudge ๑

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  13. These are some great tips that I also do too! Great tips! =)

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  14. I will write down the tips and try to practice it one by one :)

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  15. thanks for sharing this! I know it'll come in handy for me soon...

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  16. One thing that annoys me about some sales assistants is that they think they're pro makeup artists when it's obvious they aren't. Just because they know about a product, doesn't mean they know how to apply it properly.

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  17. yes i agree with you.
    as long as that product is worth it to buy, no matter how expensive that product i will purchase it :p

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  18. i totally believe in tip 1 , research on reviews def a must!
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  19. Thank you so much, I can relate to many, Now I am not an impulse buyer anymore lolz

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  20. Very helpful!! I always do my research before buying any luxury brands, plus I try to get samples as well to see if it does not react or break out my skin. As for foundation, I always love trying it out at the store, getting some samples, use the samples a few times before I decide to grab them.

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  21. Helpful and interesting tips. I am not a makeup person though, I am much of a skincare hoarder. I prefer having good skin for makeup always comes second.

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  22. Some really useful tips! Wish I had read this post when I first bought makeup :)

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  23. agh! couldn't agree more ! I myself can relate to your each and every point.
    Im not a makeup newbie anymore but I'm sure this post of yours gonna help so many.

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  24. Those are indeed some handy tips for buying beauty products. Thanks for sharing :)

    xoxo - GIG Love - Chai

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  25. This is a very helpful topic and yes some beauty counter persons are really rude. But you're tips are really helpful.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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