I would definitely consider myself a typical girl when it comes to looking good, wearing nice clothes, bothering to paint my nails etc. I’m not a girly girl, but I like make-up, accessories and am all too often drawn in by beauty products claiming to achieve what they never will. But I am very much of the opinion that I know best, and no-one can tell me what lipstick suits me more or what skirt flatters my figure. One thing I cannot usually stand, is other people attempting to do my make-up.
So when I went to MAC for a makeover, I was curious but didn’t have very high hopes. I assumed that the make-up artist would just slap any old thing on top of the make-up I was already wearing and be done with it. I got excited though when I stepped into the shop and was faced with walls and walls of fantastic shades of different products, and when I saw the transformation of a very pretty girl already undergoing a makeover, I started to alter my opinion slightly.
I was introduced to Lucy, the lady who was going to be doing my make-up. She sat me down and asked me what sort of ‘look’ I wanted and how I usually did my make-up. I chose to go for a glamorous day look that would also work for an evening out; hitting two birds with one stone. She then decided that she would closely follow my usual make-up routine, but dramatise it a little and try out some more daring shades that I would perhaps not be courageous enough to try myself. While she pottered around the shop picking up various products in different shades, I wiped off all my make-up, feeling very pleased that she was going to work from scratch.
After a little while of having to “look to the left, now down, and now up please”, Lucy was finished and I nervously anticipated the result. I looked in the mirror and I was impressed. Very impressed. I thought she was taking an unnecessarily long time to do my eyeliner, but now I could see why. She had drawn it with a neatness and precision that I could never do myself, and it was completely symmetrical; something I can also never get quite right. My lipstick was darker than I would have chosen, but it looked glamorous, and it actually suited me. All in all, she had adhered to the style I like to go for, without completely changing my look, but had glammed it up and given it a little twist that worked just perfectly. And she even gave me a face chart where she had drawn which products and shades were used where, so I could repeat the look (or attempt to at least) by myself.
Of course MAC products aren’t the cheapest around, but they are very good quality and boy are they long-lasting! I usually find that I have to reapply my lipstick on the hour, but by the time I went to bed that night after a whole day of chatting, eating and drinking, it had only slightly faded.
So would I recommend MAC products and a trip to the store for a makeover? Yes I would, particularly at Old Spitalfields where you can browse the market stalls afterwards to find the perfect new outfit and accessories to compliment your new look.
By Karolina Kaminska