When a PR team for Sephora contacted The News-Gazette to let us know we could visit their new store at Market Place Mall before it opened to the public, my editor and I figured it might be a good time to write a makeup-tip story for the features section. (The store opens Friday.)
But I needed a face to be made over, so I recruited my colleague Kyle Harrington, who works in The News-Gazette's Electronic Publishing department.
Emily Massa, a member of Sephora's Pro Beauty Team, did Kyle's makeup while carefully explaining what she was doing and suggesting alternatives our readers might use.
My story will run a week from Sunday, but I asked Kyle to write a blog entry to tell us about her experience. The photo below is of Kyle, with her makeup done, taken by News-Gazette Photo Editor Darrell Hoemann.
I walked through the Pearly Gates this morning. As the doors opened, the scent of honey and ambrosia tickled my nose, the songs of cherubims rang prettily in the air and a heavenly glow engulfed me. I do believe I died and went to heaven this morning. But, it wasn't the afterlife I was entering, it was Marketplace Mall's brand-spanking-new Sephora.
OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but for a makeup guru like myself, Sephora is the Mecca of makeup. The clean, white walls are lined with mascaras, eyeshadows, blushes. The shelves filled with the likes of Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent. Every imaginable color. Every imaginable shade. A veritable palette of possibility.
My friend and colleague Meg, knowing my love for all things makeup, asked me if I was interested in being the “before and after girl” for a feature she was writing. I've been dreaming about it since.
Sephora Pro Beauty Team member, Emily (or St. Peter, as I think of her) was an absolute makeup genius. Hilariously funny, Emily is a true artist. Working with the makeup brushes with the precision of Michelangelo, playing with color with the bravery of Picasso. Sharing a wealth of makeup knowledge, tips and tricks to help any of us to look our absolute best, all while highlighting our natural beauty, with only a little effort. Encouraging make up users not to get stuck in a rut, but experiment - have fun.
Emily will be here through Friday. Stop by. Visit her. Play. Learn. Discover your inner artist. But most of all, have fun. In the word's of American artist, Bob Ross: “Happy painting.”
And be sure to check out next Sunday's News-Gazette and read Meg's feature to learn all the tricks for a perfect, fresh, summer look.