There I was, standing in front of Sephora, feeling like all my dreams had come true. You could say I felt like a kid in a candy store. It happened, finally. I have been to a Sephora store. It was a small dream of mine to be able to go into a shop and to play and test the products out in person instead of closing my eyes and completing another online purchase. However, I have to admit my Sephora experience and other makeup shops that I visited that weekend grossed me out and it has inspired me to write a post about Makeup Shopping Etiquette.
Makeup Shopping Etiquette
Swatch Lipsticks on your hand or arm: I am shocked. I saw 3 different girls applying liquid lipstick directly from the tester tube (using the wand). Why!!!!!!!!! It’s hard enough to truly sanitise a normal lipstick but I am going to guarantee that it is impossible to sanitise a liquid lipstick with a wand. I died a little inside each time I saw someone grab a lipstick and apply the applicator straight to their lips. Think of the germs people, think of the germs!
Swatch all products on your hand: Okay, the lipstick thing was just the start because I saw every makeup product you can think of being applied directly to faces and not by employees either, which is the ideal way to do this, mostly because they have sanitizing spray, mixing palettes and spatulas to use products hygienically. Although, after seeing how everyone else was using testers, it truly made me doubt if any of those testers could be saved with a spritz of sanitizer.
To test a product, use the tester: This might sound silly and blatantly obvious but it seems like some people think it’s okay to open a brand new product to use as a tester and I just thought this was sucky. A tester is there to be used and by opening a new product, your basically making it unsellable. Not cool.
Treat a product like it’s your own: Is it just me or do some testers look super gross and manky. I know if that was my lipstick tube at home, I would be treating it a lot better and I know we use testers in a rush sometimes so we can be a little on the rough side, but I think it’s great makeup shopping etiquette to treat a product like it’s your own. No point destroying it, just because you can.
Share your knowledge: I love hearing real people’s feedback and while I was browsing a new aisle of amazing makeup products, a gorgeous babe told me she loved one of the products I was looking at. Sold! I even saw some people looking at lip liners and I had to tell them how amazing and underrated they were because I know I love being told that sort of stuff. They probably thought I was annoying as anything, but hey, I felt like I did my good deed for the day.
Share the space: Boy oh boy, I went to a few makeup stores on the weekend and that was probably a big mistake because they were so busy and there were people everywhere. I am used to busy crowds because I am drawn to sales and so is everyone else, but when a shop is that busy, I think it’s great to try and be aware of people around you. I try not to hog an entire stand if I know someone else is wanting to look at the same products.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Some of those beauty babes working in those makeup stores are so gorgeous and it can be kind of scary interrupting them to ask for advice but do it! It’s worth it if it helps you to get the correct shade of foundation or some advice from someone who should know the products really well! Honestly, a lot of them actually want to help as well. One of my friends works at a beauty store and she is so pretty, you don’t even want to stand next to her. Anyway, she is so nice and lovely and has amazing makeup skills and knowledge so it’s definitely worth taking the punt and asking for help.
Don’t be intimated by the high-end brands: One thing I wanted to do when I was in Sydney was visit David Jones. I love the higher end makeup brands because I don’t have anything like them in my local area but honestly, approaching a Tom Ford counter kind of scares the shit out of me. However, when I did go there, the lady working behind the counter was so lovely. Unfortunately, I had to dash off because I spotted myself in the mirror and saw I was having a lipstick mere. Not quite the look you want when approaching any makeup store, especially TOM FORD!!!
If a shop is chaotically busy, Don’t make the other half come in with you: *(a rule for myself) Seriously, entering the store on that weekend was crazy. There were people everywhere and there was not enough room to even move. That paired with the unhygienic nature of 80% of the people in one of the stores made my other half freak out and wonder wtf was going on. I think I have officially ruined couple makeup shopping forever. Noooooooo!!
This post has a slight negative feel to and I could apologise but I won’t because these are good tips and I wish I knew of them when I was first entering the makeup world because yes, when I was 13 I also used a lipstick tester directly onto my lips and the thought gives me shivers. I just never knew better and after seeing what I saw, it looks like I am not the only one.
Do you have any Makeup Shopping Etiquette tips to share? Comment them below