Sometimes you need to call in an expert. When it comes to makeup, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, or to be flummoxed by how the hell to do a perfect job for that big night out. Wonky liquid eyeliner is just not a good look. And that blusher and the over-lining of lips leaves you looking more like a clown than a beauty.
Never fear, we’ve done the research and found some top spots for getting your makeup did.
Our immaculate mates at M.A.C need no introduction, but they can transform you too into a creature of beauty in a mere 30 or 60mins. If you’re a fan of M.A.C products, this is a deal you’ll want to jump on—$90 for an appointment for full-face application AND you get to redeem those dollahs on product once you’re done. So whether you need to replace a product or two, or just want to try something new before you buy, this is the perfect option. This isn’t exactly a secret so make sure you get in early to snag a coveted spot. Our one hint: yes it’s in a mall, but M.A.C St Lukes is open til 9pm Thursdays and Fridays for pre-event grooming.
Pons Rd’s Smashbox Cosmetics concept store delivers not just beautiful products, but can teach you to use them too. They have a whole range of services to choose from including several bridal party options and two options for your other events. Pick from Look Legendary ($70 redeemable on products) or Steal that Look ($125 redeemable on product). We’re big fans of the latter for a big glamourous event, while Look Legendary is a great option for a more natural application.
Famed for their natural looks and enhancing natural beauty rather than masking it, you’ll want to give Bobbi Brown a call. Their Britomart flagship is a dream—the light, airy space and the talented team of makeup artists will have you looking like an enhanced version of yourself—no risk of walking out with black to your eyebrows and serious Kim Kontouring. Their appointments are more a lesson than anything which means you’ll be able to recreate the look at home with the products you pick out against the price of your appointment – most of us could use a little help in this department admittedly!
Mecca saved our skin when they brought beauty heavyweights like Nars and Stila to our shores. Ok, so we all know that Sephora can now ship us these beauties, but there’s no physical location as of yet. Mecca provides just that and offers fantastic makeup application or lesson sessions. Again, the cost is fully redeemable on products on the day so if you’re in the market for a new product then why not?! Friday night drinks with the girls is reason enough to justify getting your makeup done right?!
Dry & Tea
Yes, hair Dry & Tea’s their forte. But their makeup applications are stellar and why not kill two birds with one stone?! Takes some of the stress out of trying to coordinate those two all-important appointments and give yourself smooth sailing in the lead up to your event. Add a makeup application to your blow wave and you’ll be on your merry way without battling Auckland’s traffic twice. Plus, what better way to de-stress before the big event than indulging in a cup of artisan tea?!
Lucy & The Powder Room
Lucy & the Powder Room have beautiful locations on either side of the bridge to make sure you look event-ready wherever you are. L&TPR are responsible for the looks in so many magazine editorials and at big fashion events so you can rest assured you are in very, very safe hands. Their personalized make-up lessons promise an hour of amazing learnings, or their shorter makeup application sessions will have you flawless for your big night. They are absolute pros at falsie applications too so if your peepers need a helping hand, definitely add that on to draw attention to (one of) your greatest assets.
Lipstick & Co
Sometimes getting to an appointment when really you’re just a bit preoccupied with actually choosing what to wear or indulging in some pre bubbles is just a mare. So why not bring beautifying services to you? Lipstick & Co have a team of talented professionals who can come to you and prep you for your special occasion. You can still have your bubbles and need not get out of your robe! Hair, makeup, tans and nails can all be included in your package and they have a wide range to suit.
Rather DIY makeup? Here are 5 Pro Tips For Flawless Makeup to help you out!
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