This year I will have a Makeover at the MAC Counter

Whenever I'm in the mall, I always seem to be drawn to the MAC cosmetics counters. My last visit took me three times passing the store before I even had the courage to go in. They were very busy and I find it a little overwhelming to be surrounded with all the things I want to try. Since there are two MAC stores near enough to me, I tried each one out, for practice. Just walk in and look around, look for a color of lipstick you like for example. It helped me avoid the sensory overload of all the different products. At the first store I started the conversation by asking which foundation matched my skin tone. After that, the makeup artist started asking me a few questions and I asked for explanations. They were very helpful, and I imagine they often see guys who ask them about makeup. After talking with the makeup artist, she suggested that I make an appointment for a class. The classes are one-on-one, in the back of the store, not in the chairs in the part of the store everyone sees passing by. You can go in boy mode or as a girl and no one will be able to tell when you make your appointment that you will be the subject. I want to go for my makeup class fully dressed, but you don't need to. If you are afraid of someone seeing you could always take the makeup off after the class, but what a shame that would be, since you will be beautiful.

I've learned so much talking to the nice ladies behind department store makeup counters. As long as they aren't busy, you are a welcome change from their regular customers. I've had several really fun conversations with these women. You could also go to any of the other cosmetics shops in a mall, since they aren't as large or as busy, with the exception of Sephora. Each visit I pick one small thing to learn about and buy. Nail polish one visit, makeup brushes another, and makeup remover a third... Just get used to the environment.

One final note, I have never had a sales women treat me badly once they found out I was a crossdresser shopping for myself. I might just be lucky, but they have all been very kind, interested and helpful, beyond anything I had know as a man, shopping for guy things. They have gone out of their way to make me feel comfortable and have treated me with respect and discretion. I actually find it much more fun than shopping for guy stuff. Relax and let them take care of you, you'll be surprised how fun it can be.
MeganSJ MeganSJ
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1 Response May 9, 2012

Awesome! hope you have fun with your lesson and you get better with make up.
My daughter is a MAC trained make up artist ..... and she knows I like to dress but she told me it would be too weird to do mine.........BUMMER