First, let me note that I admire and respect the vast majority of cosmetics salespeople I’ve worked with.  Most chose their profession because they are not only incredibly talented, but also because they are truly passionate about making you look and feel your best.

That said…

I stopped by the store for a creamy lip color and was all but attacked by the over-eager salesperson.  It wasn’t even her too-heavy foundation in the wrong color, overdrawn eyeliner and bright, crusty lipstick that alarmed me.  It was her incessant requests for me to “sit down so I can throw on some color.”

I don’t mention that I’m a makeup artist at makeup counters – partially because I don’t want them to think I’m trying one-up them, but mostly because I want to be reminded of what it’s like to be in the shoes of someone who’s not constantly playing with makeup.

Frankly, it’s intimidating.  Making a list beforehand usually helps me stick to my guns, but it can still be a very uncomfortable situation.

Next time you’re pounced on approached by a makeup rep who really wants to make the day’s numbers, just remember that it’s your face and your hard-earned money.  You don’t have to let them put any product on you, and you certainly do not have to buy anything even if they do (but by the same token, feel free to tip your beauty counter makeup artists who work wonders!).