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11 Great LA Beauty Spots for Top-Notch Makeup Lessons

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New York Fashion Week debuted a slew of beauty trends—fresh-faced looks, shimmering lids, and neon eyes were a few standouts—but lest you forget, fall is just getting started. Given that your autumn wardrobe is in already full swing, it's prime time to brush up your makeup game.

While there's no shortage of YouTube gurus offering step-by-step beauty pointers, there are those who prefer in-the-flesh face time with a makeup master. Now that we've highlighted our city's best places fast facials and wallet-friendly manis, we're zeroing in on LA's 11 best beauty spots for makeup tutorials. Amongst the big box beauty shops (Sephora) and tried-and-true runway pros (MAC, NARS, more), we've also included a few local studios that'll help you perfect your complexion, refresh your makeup palette, keep your cateye in line and more.


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Benefit Cosmetics

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In addition to housing a top-notch brow bar, the charming cosmetic company's West 3rd Street boutique also offers personalized makeup application lessons with a $90 purchase—which should be a cinch, given Benefits's many beauty bestsellers (the Porefessional, 15-Hour Primer, and their editor-faved Hello Flawless! foundation, to name a few). [Photo: Benefit Cosmetics]

Besame Cosmetics

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Whether you're a modern or vintage beauty maven, the retro cosmetics company's flagship in Burbank offers one-on-one classes and workshops for those seeking to perfect their '50s cateye or '40s lip game. Personal consultations are $50 ($25 goes towards your makeup purchase) and workshops (held approximately once a month) range from $10 to $20 and up. [Photo via]

Blushington

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This affordable beauty salon caters to on-the-go folks, but their pro makeup artists can also take it slow for both novices and seasoned beauty buffs. Choose from the $100 Makeup 101, a one-hour class that welcomes students to bring their own products (Blushington can also suggest new products), or the $200 Advanced Makeup class, a two-hour sesh offering everything from false lash application, countouring, winged eyeliner, advanced color theory, and more. [Photo: Blushington]

GLOSS Makeup & Beauty Studio

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For a $140, an expert GLOSS artist will school you all the basics of makeup application, from shading, highlighting, and picking the perfect color for your skin one. At the end of the class, you'll get a customized face chart so you can recreate your look. [Photo via]

MAC Cosmetics

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Now open for business at North Beverly, MAC's luxe and bright VIP room is the setting for one-on-one classes. The basic makeup application ($50) is a 30- to 45-minute walkthrough of your look, while the show-and-teach lesson ($100) is 1.5-hour hands-on sesh in which your artist applies makeup to one half of your face and has you complete the rest. Students of the latter class walk away with a free mascara; both classes offer 20% off any product for up to 30 days after your sesh. If you're just looking to pick up some products, MAC also offers complimentary on-the-floor services, like a quick smokey eye, flawless foundation application and other basics in 10- to 15-minute sessions.

MAKE UP FOR EVER

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Though the insider-beloved French brand's Robertson boutique holds group classes in an array of topics every Monday ($25, 11am and 7pm), beauty buffs can score one-on-one face time with two different Make Up School lessons. The $50 half-hour sesh focuses on one topic (like foundation, eyes, lips, etc.), while the $100 tutorial is a full-complexion class; the cost of service also goes towards your next makeup purchase. [Photo via]

Monique Powers Beauty Boutique

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Locals rave about pro makeup artist Monique Powers, who serves up expert brush skills and teaching chops. at her SaMo salon.Her studio offers a 2.5-hour course ($125) outlining the ABCs of makeup, from blending foundation, concealing dark circles and blemishes, applying eyeliner an eye shadow, and more. [Photo via]

NARS Melrose

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The star-backed makeup brand's Melrose outpost offers private sessions for $100, which can be redeemed for products. [Photo via]

Nigel's Beauty Emporium

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Though this one-stop beauty shop doesn't offer one-on-one lessons, they regularly hold workshops ($65 and up) from top cosmetics brands like Kevin Aucoin, Temptu, Make Up For Ever, and others. The classes are open to both the public and makeup professionals alike, and the fee is redeemable towards purchase. [Photo via]

Nordstrom The Grove

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The department store's team of beauty stylists can walk you through all you need to know about skincare, hair, makeup, and more. Nordstom offers complimentary 30- to 60-minute sessions ranging from quickie everyday essential tips to full-face tutorials to the latest beauty trends and more. [Photo: The Grove]

Sephora

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As expected from a retailer that stocks every big-name beauty brand, the skincare and cosmetics chain offers a menu of services and classes for beauty buffs of all levels. A purchase of $50 gets you a 45-minute "look & learn" tutorial, while a $125 purchase gets you a custom makeover and personal shopping session with a personal beauty advisor. Both are free for VIB members; Sephora also offers free basic how-to classes (eyeliner, contouring, etc.) to Beauty Insider members. [Photo via]

Benefit Cosmetics

In addition to housing a top-notch brow bar, the charming cosmetic company's West 3rd Street boutique also offers personalized makeup application lessons with a $90 purchase—which should be a cinch, given Benefits's many beauty bestsellers (the Porefessional, 15-Hour Primer, and their editor-faved Hello Flawless! foundation, to name a few). [Photo: Benefit Cosmetics]

Besame Cosmetics

Whether you're a modern or vintage beauty maven, the retro cosmetics company's flagship in Burbank offers one-on-one classes and workshops for those seeking to perfect their '50s cateye or '40s lip game. Personal consultations are $50 ($25 goes towards your makeup purchase) and workshops (held approximately once a month) range from $10 to $20 and up. [Photo via]

Blushington

This affordable beauty salon caters to on-the-go folks, but their pro makeup artists can also take it slow for both novices and seasoned beauty buffs. Choose from the $100 Makeup 101, a one-hour class that welcomes students to bring their own products (Blushington can also suggest new products), or the $200 Advanced Makeup class, a two-hour sesh offering everything from false lash application, countouring, winged eyeliner, advanced color theory, and more. [Photo: Blushington]

GLOSS Makeup & Beauty Studio

For a $140, an expert GLOSS artist will school you all the basics of makeup application, from shading, highlighting, and picking the perfect color for your skin one. At the end of the class, you'll get a customized face chart so you can recreate your look. [Photo via]

MAC Cosmetics

Now open for business at North Beverly, MAC's luxe and bright VIP room is the setting for one-on-one classes. The basic makeup application ($50) is a 30- to 45-minute walkthrough of your look, while the show-and-teach lesson ($100) is 1.5-hour hands-on sesh in which your artist applies makeup to one half of your face and has you complete the rest. Students of the latter class walk away with a free mascara; both classes offer 20% off any product for up to 30 days after your sesh. If you're just looking to pick up some products, MAC also offers complimentary on-the-floor services, like a quick smokey eye, flawless foundation application and other basics in 10- to 15-minute sessions.

MAKE UP FOR EVER

Though the insider-beloved French brand's Robertson boutique holds group classes in an array of topics every Monday ($25, 11am and 7pm), beauty buffs can score one-on-one face time with two different Make Up School lessons. The $50 half-hour sesh focuses on one topic (like foundation, eyes, lips, etc.), while the $100 tutorial is a full-complexion class; the cost of service also goes towards your next makeup purchase. [Photo via]

Monique Powers Beauty Boutique

Locals rave about pro makeup artist Monique Powers, who serves up expert brush skills and teaching chops. at her SaMo salon.Her studio offers a 2.5-hour course ($125) outlining the ABCs of makeup, from blending foundation, concealing dark circles and blemishes, applying eyeliner an eye shadow, and more. [Photo via]

NARS Melrose

The star-backed makeup brand's Melrose outpost offers private sessions for $100, which can be redeemed for products. [Photo via]

Nigel's Beauty Emporium

Though this one-stop beauty shop doesn't offer one-on-one lessons, they regularly hold workshops ($65 and up) from top cosmetics brands like Kevin Aucoin, Temptu, Make Up For Ever, and others. The classes are open to both the public and makeup professionals alike, and the fee is redeemable towards purchase. [Photo via]

Nordstrom The Grove

The department store's team of beauty stylists can walk you through all you need to know about skincare, hair, makeup, and more. Nordstom offers complimentary 30- to 60-minute sessions ranging from quickie everyday essential tips to full-face tutorials to the latest beauty trends and more. [Photo: The Grove]

Sephora

As expected from a retailer that stocks every big-name beauty brand, the skincare and cosmetics chain offers a menu of services and classes for beauty buffs of all levels. A purchase of $50 gets you a 45-minute "look & learn" tutorial, while a $125 purchase gets you a custom makeover and personal shopping session with a personal beauty advisor. Both are free for VIB members; Sephora also offers free basic how-to classes (eyeliner, contouring, etc.) to Beauty Insider members. [Photo via]