The One Where I Try a Sephora Class

Did you know Sephora has free classes?

No, this isn't a sponsored post. This is just good old fashioned word-of-mouth advertising of something that's completely awesome. I did a makeover at Sephora last month and they told me about the classes, which are on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (search the schedule here). My friend Maegan (check her blog out - she's cool) and I finally got up the energy to try a class and attended "Correct & Conceal" this past Sunday. Four hours later, I was walking away with a bag full of goodies I didn't even know I needed and some newfound confidence in my makeup skills.

So here's the skinny on the classes. They demonstrate everything on one of the associates while you watch, then the associates break off and work with you one-on-one to make sure you're getting the techniques right. For Correct & Conceal, we had a list of things to do before we even put on our foundation to combat things like redness, dark spots and dullness. Personally, I have a lot of redness in my skin so I was stocking up on green and yellow correctors. After a series of serums and moisturizers, I started with the Stila One Step Correct primer which I liked a lot (it's on sale today only at Ulta!). Next, I corrected the redness using the green and yellow pots from the Tarte Wipeout Palette, which I loved. I wasn't sure if I was really getting my money's worth just using those two colors though, so I picked some correctors from in-house line to try first. If I don't like them I'll return for the Tarte palette. I used a Beauty Blender to apply all of the corrector.

Next up, we neutralized under eyes. Both Maegan and I used the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach, which we both bought. We applied the corrector using a concealer brush and dabbing the product on, then blending with a Beauty Blender. The best advice I got all day? Tilt your chin down when you're applying anything to under your eye, so you can really see where it needs to go.

Next up, concealer. The concealer goes over the corrected spots and evens the skin tone back to normal. I had a serious mishap with a badly matched concealer by Cover FX (so bad!) so I kind of messed up one side of my face, but the girl helping me grabbed this Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which I was OBSESSED with. But...they were out of it in my color so I grabbed a Tarte concealer stick I've been wanting to try for a while anyway. So for concealer, I dabbed it on to my "Triangle of Light" (check out this video to see the technique) to highlight around the eyes. Again, we dabbed it on using a fluffier concealer brush (pretty sure it was this one) and then blended using the small end of a Beauty Blender. Dabbing the product, rather than wiping, ensures that you don't wipe off the corrector you just worked so hard on.

After you're fully concealed, here's a new thing I've never done before: Setting powder. Apparently you can use a setting powder (I chose Make Up Forever) under foundation to set your concealer. Mind. Blown. Setting powder is different from finishing powder because it is absorbed and blends to make an even texture. Who knew?

After allllllllll of that, you're ready to put on your foundation, set that, and move to the fun stuff. By the time we were done, I feel like I had learned a ton of new techniques and a LOT more about the subject. I also fell in love with Beauty Blenders, so much so that I had to buy the tiny cute ones to use exclusively for my correction product. I know, I'm ridiculous, but I love tiny things!

Overall opinion? If there's a Sephora near you that offers classes, DO IT. There's no catch except that you end up paying for the class with all of the products you buy. After the class they'll hook you up at the Beauty Bar and help you finish the rest of your face, and you get to shop in private before the store opens. All of the girls were so helpful and really encouraging when you had to try to do it yourself. To make sure you get in a class, you'll want to book early; there's a brow shaping class I've already missed out on!

Of course, I captured the whole experience on Snapchat so follow along for the next time at ajs.snaps. Here's my before after - although I got a little crazy with my blush so it almost looks like I did nothing at all. Has anyone else tried the Sephora classes? I'd love to hear if you had some favorites!