Plenty of beauty lovers consider beauty meccas like Sephora and Ulta to be their happy place, and walking the aisles surrounded by their favorite beauty brands — or brands just waiting to be discovered — to be a form of self-care. But did you know that many of your favorite beauty stores offer much more than just products for you to buy?
That’s right: While we can help you save money every time you shop at Sephora, and you can always count on us to share exactly what you should be grabbing from Ulta’s latest sales, these stores offer so much more than just products. Brow waxing, makeup application and personal skincare routine development are just a few of the beauty services these stores offer, and the good news is these treatments are even beauty expert approved. Here are the beauty treatments you can find at five of the most popular beauty stores.
Sephora Beauty Services
In addition to its famous sales and birthday gifts, Sephora offers the following services to its customers.
Sephora Personal Shopping Services
We all know how overwhelming all those brand and product options can be, so Sephora offers one-on-one appointments with their beauty advisors to help you navigate a specific purchase or a broader beauty revamp. The appointments are free if you purchase a minimum of $50 of product the day of your appointment.
Sephora Makeup Application
Whether you schedule an appointment for “Feature Focus,” “Full Face” or “Ultimate Glam” getting your makeup done by a Sephora pro is an affordable way to get professional makeup for any event. Feature Focus is a 30-minute appointment that costs $30 and allows you time to get a bold eye, lip pop or perfect contour. “Full Face” is a 60-minute appointment that costs $60, and allows you to design a customized makeup look alongside your makeup artist, for them to then create. “Ultimate Glam” is a 90-minute appointment that costs $90 and is perfect for someone going to a dance, wedding or other upscale occasion or event. With each appointment, the MUA will share tips and techniques to help you recreate your look at home.
Sephora Facial Waxing
Schedule your brow wax, brow and lip wax, or a brow, lip, chin wax trio, all of which are scheduled as 30-minute appointments. All waxing is done by one of Sephora’s licensed beauty advisors and brow services begin with a brow mapping session to make sure you leave with the shape you prefer. After waxing, a soothing aloe treatment is applied, as well as SPF, to protect the irritated skin from sun damage.
You’ve likely heard of a HydraFacial, which is an in-spa facial treatment that offers exfoliation, extraction, cleansing and hydration to the skin. HydraFacial Perk is a mini-treatment created by the brand, and it is performed by licensed estheticians at Sephora. You can schedule a 15-minute Perk Lip Treatment to gently exfoliate your lips and infuse them with essential nutrients for a hydrated, plumped-up final look. A 30-minute Perk Facial Treatment, which is an abbreviated version of the original HydraFacial, or a combo Perk Face + Lip Treatment which takes 45 minutes and focuses on both the face and lips, leaving your skin glowing, refreshed and plumped. The services range from $30 to $80.
Ulta Beauty Services
Ulta’s treatment options are surprisingly vast, making the beauty shop a true one-stop shop. Not all services are available at all Ulta stores, so make sure you check out their Beauty Services page and enter your preferred store to see what is available near you.
Ulta Benefit Browbar Services
The Benefit Browbar within Ulta stores is operated by Benefit, and you can get a plethora of services by licensed estheticians trained in the Benefit method. These brows services include:
· Brow lamination
· Brow waxing
· Brow tinting
· Brow tweezing
· Brow trimming
· Combo appointments (wax and tint, lamination and tint, etc.)
Benefit Browbar Extended Services
In addition to brow services, the Benefit Browbar also offers a few additional facial services including:
· Lip wax
· Chin wax
· Combo facial waxes
· Under eye mask treatment
· Strip lash application (lashes must be purchased in-store, the same day as your appointment)
Ulta Body Waxing Services
In addition to the Benefit-run brow and facial waxing services, Ulta also offers full-body waxing services including arms, legs, back, chest, bikini and Brazilian.
Ulta Lash Services
If it involves your lashes, Ulta can get it done! Lash services include strip and cluster lash application; lash extensions application, fill and removal; lash lifts; lash plump and lash glaze. Do note that these services are available at fewer Ulta stores than some of the other treatments.
Ulta Makeup Services
At Ulta, you can schedule two different types of makeup sessions. Everyday Makeup Application, which is an approximately 45-minute appointment and offers basic makeup, and Formal Makeup Application, which is an approximately 60-minute appointment that is perfect for formal occasions. For an added $10 charge, you can have faux lashes applied during these appointments. You can also book just a makeup touch-up or schedule a 30-minute, hands-on makeup lesson to learn how to apply your makeup the right way, or learn a specific makeup technique you want to master. In Ulta stores with a MAC boutique, MAC-specific appointments are available with a MAC pro makeup artist for both makeup applications and lessons.
Ulta employs Dermalogica-certified skin therapists who offer an extensive menu of facial services from full DermaFlash Brightening Facials to oxygen facials and acne-clearing facials to HydraFacials. They also offer LED light therapy, exfoliation treatments and microcurrent services which can be the primary focus of your 30- or 60-minute facial, or they can be utilized as an enhancement and added on to your facial in 10- or 20-minute increments for added benefits.
Ulta Hair Salon Services
Ulta hair salons are well known for their accessibility and the wide array of services they offer for all hair types and textures. Stylists offer three levels of expertise and are categorized as stylist, master stylist or elite stylist based on their level of education. Ulta hair salon services include:
· Root touch-ups
· All-over color
· Color correction
· Partial or full highlights
· Clipper cuts
· Kids’ haircuts
· Bang trims
· Texture set
· Silk press
· Hair extensions
· Texture weave
· OLAPLEX repair and protect treatment
Ulta Ear Piercing
The newest beauty service offered at Ulta is ear piercing. Because it is newer, many Ulta stores don’t offer this service yet, but definitely keep an eye out for it coming to a store near you, if it hasn’t already. Licensed piercing experts offer piercing in the lower and upper lobe with either 24-karat gold-plated earrings or medical-grade stainless steel. The service costs $55 and includes the piercing, earrings of your choice and after-care instructions.
Macy’s Beauty Services
Where there is a makeup counter, there are makeup services. At any Macy’s stores, you can find a wealth of complimentary makeup services at the makeup counter of your choice. From SK-II’s Mask Bar where you can enjoy a sheet mask to the Anastasia Beverly Hills counter where they will shape your brows, to the Estee Lauder counter where they give mini-facials, there is an extensive array of free services to be had at the department store. Additionally, select Macy’s stores offer:
Macy’s Face Chart Consultations
A Macy’s beauty advisor creates face charts with different looks for you to take home and recreate on your own. They can also help you recreate a look you’ve seen and loved on TikTok or Instagram; just bring in the photo for them to recreate!
Macy’s Foundation Matching
With a wealth of brands to choose from, beauty advisors can help you find the perfect foundation type and color for your preferences and skin.
Create a Skincare Routine
Come in and spill all the details on your skin and how it behaves, and leave with a custom skin care regimen made to address your specific needs.
Macy’s Makeup Lessons
Whether you want to learn how to create the perfect smoky eye or a fool-proof way to get a gorgeous red lip, a session with a Macy’s beauty advisor can help you improve your skills in under an hour.
Macy’s Benefit Browbar Services
Macy’s stores in a limited number of states feature Benefit Browbars and their menu of services, which include brow waxing, threading and lamination, as well as facial waxing and faux eyelash application.
Nordstrom Beauty Services
With Nordstrom, you don’t even have to go inside a store to get a jumpstart on learning beauty tips and insider tricks. Nordstrom.com has a wealth of beauty how-to videos and makeup tutorials that you can find here. In store, the beauty services you’ll find are:
Fourteen Nordstrom stores across the country (and one in Vancouver) have Spa Nordstrom, which offer a full menu of services from facials and body treatments to manicures and pedicures.
Anastasia Brow Studio
The name Anastasia is synonymous with perfect brows, and at the Anastasia Brow Studio, brow experts trained in the Anastasia method are there to apply brand founder Anastasia Soare’s famed and patented techniques, like her Golden Ratio Method. Services include brow tweezing, tinting and waxing, as well as lip and chin waxing.
Complimentary Brand Services
Like Macy’s, Nordstrom’s individual beauty brand counters offer a host of complimentary services. At the Bobbi Brown counter, you can take a variety of specialized makeup and skin lessons; at Charlotte Tilbury, you can take a Master Class with one of their makeup artists and at the fresh counter, you can indulge in a 20-minute mini-facial. See all the service options listed by brand and schedule your appointment at your local Nordstrom store.
Bloomingdale’s Beauty Services
Bloomingdale’s Makeup Consultation
From makeup tutorials to makeup application, the cross-brand Bloomingdale’s beauty eExperts can do it all. Select your local Bloomingdale’s store and then schedule your makeup lesson or makeup application. If you want them to recreate your favorite red carpet or influencer look, simply bring in a photo, and you’ll be transformed before your eyes.
Bloomgindale’s Skincare Consultation
Whether you need help building a personalized skincare routine from the ground up, want help addressing a specific concern or are looking to renew, detox or hydrate your face with a mini-facial, a skincare pro at Bloomingdale’s can help you.
Bloomingdale’s Fragrance Consultation
Have you always wished you had a signature fragrance? Are you looking to change up your current fragrance? Or perhaps you’d like to find the perfect scent to give as a special gift. Thirty-minute fragrance consultations with a Bloomgindale’s expert can help you find the perfect fragrance for your needs.
Bloomgingdale’s Virtual Consultation
If you aren’t comfortable or are unable to make an appointment in store, you can schedule an appointment with a Bloomingdale’s beauty expert via text, FaceTime or live chat. The expert can show you products during your call and send you a digital lookbook of items tailored to your needs.
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