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why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

When I go to Sephora, I never ask for advice because the women that work there mostly have horrible makeup application. I am not trying to sound rude but i'ts been my experience. Is makeup application knowledge required for the employee?

Re: why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

For the most part, the Sephora employees I've seen look great, and they have given decent advice although I rely much more on this website for info about products. I only asked for application once for mineral powder and the match was perfect.

As for MAC, I had one sales associate treat me like garbage, gave them a second chance and received similar service so I have NEVER been back. Sephora staff are definitely much friendlier and far more helpful. I'm sorry to hear things haven't changed at MAC.

Re: why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

They're not makeup artists, and they often "play" in the makeup all day. Just like sales associates at other beauty counters. If you notice, they are there one week and gone the next sometimes. Working at cosmetic counters and beauty stores can be a very temporary job, and they often hire people for the holidays. I have not met a single Sephora employee/Makeup Artist who actually went to a makeup artistry school. :/ It's been disappointing. I am licensed and sometimes I want another opinion in the store that's just as experienced. 

Re: why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

I've never had problems at both Sephora and MAC all the women and guys have been super nice and friendly and actually have a conversation with you about all the products and even their preferences and what they think would look great on you. I don't know if its just here in Kelowna, but also in Richmond BC, at the Richmond Centre Mall, and in Vancouver, they've been super friendly and treat you with so much respect. 

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Well Every store is different. I've come across employees who are helpful, some that aren't. A few of the Sephora employees are licensed. And every employee recieves some sort of training, but all people have differen't styles, and opinions about what looks good. I don't always love the style of some MUA. But i find Sephora to be a great environment. 

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Hmm, odd! All the girls at Sephora, and boys mind you ;], are always super nice and all look very good! I haven't once been helped by someone who looked or acted scary! And I think that even if we have a different taste, they normally are spot on in finding me what I am looking for. I guess it depends from store to store.

 

I do know a lot of the girls in my store have gone to make-up school, or are currently going to school to become make-up artists or estetitions (SP?) . Maybe I just got super lucky with an awesome store?!

 

And also, if you make an appointment ot get your make-up done, not all the girls there are able to be your artist, so they do get extra training for that.

 

I love everyone at Sephora.

 

As for Mac, I am a big Mac girl too. I don't have one close to me now that I moved so I have strayed a lot, but I also find that all the girls at Mac have always been good to me. :]

Re: why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

All of the employees I've seen in my stores have been knowledgably made up!  Even the one man I have seen behind the counter has a better eyeliner application technique than I do XD

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The men at makeup counters look fantastic! I dont see very many, but the 2-3 that I have seen, both at Sephora and Chanel makeup counters look like they just stepped freshly out of a magazine!

 

I remember once at Sephora, a looong time ago (3 yrs ago? 4?), one of the staff was a gay man and he looked SOOO good in his makeup that I couldnt stop staring. I was admiring his makeup, but he probably thought that I was creepy lol so I told him OMG I LOVE your technique! And his face went from "who is this crazy person" to "oh okay! thank you!!". I asked him what foundation he was using, and he said that what he was wearing was not sold in the store so he cant recommend it to me or he would lose his job ( what up with that Sephora?) but he pointed the way to something similar.

 

I also find the same thing with haircut people, the men usually tend to do a better job on me. And they have more patience and dont pull and tug at my hair when they are brushing it.

 

 

Re: why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

I have to stay this though....what we consider "too much and crazy" might be the fashion/in-right-now-thing in the makeup world. I once saw a sephora sales woman wear emerald green lipstick (probably the occ lip tar) which you know.....isnt really everyday makeup, BUT Emerald is hot right now, so they probably have to wear *something* emerald to stand out and promote the color. Heck, I give her major props, because I can rock a emerald green eye but dont have the moxy to rock a emerald lip. That doesnt mean her makeup isnt good though, its just the fashion.

Re: why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

Seriously, what is up with men doing things women tend to go to other women for so well!  Take massage therapy for instance (can't really go to a man now with my fiance though >.<), the yearly "poking and prodding" checkup for birth control (never even felt a pinch when I've had to see a male doctor), hair styling, manicures, pedicures, eyebrow waxing (when I was still learning to shape them myself),even makeup application!

 

I don't understand! XD 

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Re: why do the women that work in my local Sephora's have horrible makeup application?

I've seen a few that looked a little like clowns (sorry to say) but they were all very helpful. I think eveyone's makeup tastes are different but I trust the employees to help me.

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It's a hit or miss I think. Also, some Sephora lighting are not the most flattering. I've seen a girl with flawless makeup on one trip, but the next month when I went to the store, she had such heavy bronzer and lipstick on it looks like she's making a duck face even when she's not. Some employees also test the products on themselves, the girl at the checkout counter last time I went had those sticker eyeliner on her hand. =)

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