What Happened When One Woman Had Her Makeup Done at 5 Different Makeup Counters

Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Sephora, MAC, and NARS's takes on "glam."

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Being a woman of color has its share of problems, and for BuzzFeed staffer Nina Mohan (opens in new tab), one of those includes makeup. She calls herself "woefully makeup stupid," but beyond that, being a woman of color often means getting "pigeonholed" into using certain colors, like purple and gold, or having to mix foundation colors to get the right match.

Mohan wanted to break out of her rut, so she went to five different makeup artists, asked for a "glam" makeover, and documented the process (opens in new tab).

Here's what she looks like with no makeup on, for reference:

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And here's the MAC counter's take:

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While Nina liked the silvery shadow the makeup artist used on her eyes, she wasn't really feeling the foundation. On the flip side, at Sephora, she got a makeup look she loved so much that she wanted to keep it forever. "I felt so glam and vampy and I had a really hard time wiping it off later," she writes. "It felt like I was taking off my best self."

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After going to Sephora, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Benefit, and NARS, Nina came away with some learnings: Swatch test, say no if you don't like something, and you can do a strong lip with a bold eye. To see the rest of Nina's makeover looks, head over to BuzzFeed (opens in new tab).

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Helin Jung is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She was formerly the executive lifestyle editor of Cosmopolitan.com.