Image: Don’t be afraid of the beauty counter assistant, she’s here to help you. Via Thinkstock.
Does the thought of walking into the cosmetics floor of your local department store terrify you? Do you only head to the beauty counter when you know exactly want to buy? And even then you don’t plan on enjoying it?
Maybe you’ve had a terrifying experience that’s turned you off for life, and now you’re confined to a life of buying cosmetics online. Well friends, that is no way to live.
We know the downsides of dodging the cosmetic labyrinth: the assistant with the hardcore up-selling technique, the overzealous perfume spritzer and the sinking feeling that comes with going home with what you're almost certain is the wrong foundation shade, but with a couple of pro tips you can DO THIS.
1. Wear your big girl pants.
I know that beauty counters can be intimidating. Heck, I used to be a beauty counter girl (ok, I lasted all of three months) and even I get bamboozled in the dazzling bright lights and prettily perfumed world of cosmetic-land. But remember, it’s just makeup – everyone can be good at it with practice.
If it’s new makeup or skincare you want, go with a list or idea of things you'd like to try. Set yourself a budget so that you don’t end up overspending. Unless, you love being up-sold to? Then by all means… GO CRAZY.
2. It’s a beauty counter girl’s job to say hello, don’t hate on her.
Beauty counter staff have KPIs; and saying "Hi" to you is one of them. So is asking if they can help you. If you’re just browsing, know exactly what you want, or don’t want to be bothered DO let them know that you’ve got this, and they won’t pester you again. Unsurprisingly, beauty brands don’t want to lose customers, so if the staff know you don’t need their assistance they will leave you to browse.