Best Department Store Makeup Counters In DC

September 4, 2012 2:00 PM

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With a plethora of knowledge and experience, trained beauticians make the cosmetics buying and application process much easier on clients. Makeup specialists at department stores tend to beat out typical retail chains and specialty stores because they employ professionals who have a long history in skin care, fragrance and cosmetics. Familiarize yourself with makeup brands in person, rather than online, and get to know your local, trusted cosmetic professionals at the best department store makeup counters in D.C.

8100 Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 556-4600

The salespeople at Bloomingdales in Tysons Corner are exceptional, offering clean, well-stocked cosmetics sections any lady will love. Makeup is located on the first floor, which has recently undergone renovations to make it even more accessible. Coveted brands include Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Laura Mercier and even MAC. The Bobbi Brown counter is always booming with excited customers trying samples and receiving touch ups as they browse. Bloomingdales’ NARS nail polish collection is extensive, as the new lines arrive on shelves immediately. Check for awesome, regular sales before heading in. Once you’ve got your favorites, if there is a piece you’d like that isn’t there, Bloomingdales makes ordering simple, shipping right to your house for free. Bloomingdales, or “Bloomies” as devoted fans call it, is a go-to for all things beauty related.

Best Makeup Shops In The DC Area

Neiman Marcus
2001 International Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102
(703) 761-1600

Neiman Marcus is one of three upscale department stores in Tysons Galleria in Tysons Corner, Va. It offers only the best of the best — think world-renowned design names including CHANEL, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Armani and Dior. The on-hand, licensed readily assist clients in everything from picking out shades of foundation to instructing shoppers on how to apply eyeliner without smudging. Product and application recommendations come without a cost, and customers are likely to receive a few tricks of the trade with every visit. Products don’t end with makeup, be sure to scan the fragrance, beauty accessories, skin care and hair care sections.

Saks Fifth Avenue

5555 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 657-9000

The makeup counter at all Saks Fifth Avenue stores is legendary, but the Chevy Chase store is highly acclaimed for its talented, friendly personnel. Stop by the Yves Saint Laurent counter for royal treatment from beauty and fashion stylist Debra O’Malley. The cosmetic and fragrance department is conveniently located on the first floor, a perfect pit stop on your way to do damage in the dress department. Even if you aren’t in the mood to purchase a new fragrance, the aroma is pleasant and long lasting, unlike typical perfume counters. Don’t be surprised if you are stopped for a complimentary makeover while browsing Saks; a visit with the beauty team here promises princess treatment that is sure to result in endless compliments. Lipstick options here are noteworthy and include the classics: Lancome, Estee Lauder and Clinique.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at

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