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Seven Ways to Makeover

What “give me a new look” means, at a selection of cosmetics counters around the city.

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NARS, Saks Fifth Avenue
Directive: “I’m going to see my friend’s band tonight, and want an edgy look.”
Fee: Free; no appointment necessary.
The Vibe: In the middle of Saks’ main floor, it’s hubbub and then some. Lots of unsolicited commentary from shoppers and neighboring counters.
Overall: James, the makeup artist, was standoffish at first, but warmed up to the rock-concert project. He really looked at my face, and gave technique tips, like where to place blush, that really worked. At the end, he wrote down every brush and product, and filled in a face chart to show where each color went. Take-home tip: Fill in your brows only from the middle of the eye to the outside; that way, they’re natural but still defined.
I might actually buy: Diablo Red Lip Lacquer, $22.


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