(Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for CHANEL)

(Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for CHANEL)

The wrong foundation and highlights can ruin a girl’s image, whereas the right eye shadow and lipstick combo can invoke loads of confidence. Sometimes, it’s hard to pick the shades that go best with your skin tone just by staring at the color on the box. By visiting a make-up counter, you get the benefit of receiving an associate’s expert advice on the make-up that will have you looking your best. Here are some of the best makeup counters staffed with the most talented associates in Orange County.

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Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 549-8300

Located inside the South Coast Plaza, Nordstrom specializes in excellence, and its make-up counter does not fall short of the company’s high standards. In addition to offering the best in products like MAC, Burberry Beauty, Lancôme and philosophy, Nordstrom has some of the friendliest associates around who assess each customer’s needs before giving advice. The beauty stylists will even offer free, customized services to help you find skincare products, fragrances and makeup. Trish MacEvoy is the cosmetics counter manager at Nordstrom and gives advice on the best brushes to satisfy her customers’ needs. From small makeup brushes for detail to large tools for foundation application, Trish can show you which tools to use to achieve the look you’re after. MacEvoy is the ideal associate for first time make-up wearers.

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(credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bloomingdale’s 59th St.)

Bloomingdale’s, Laura Mercier Counter at Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721-2000

Recognized as one of the most elegant department stores in the nation, Bloomingdales not only has the best in clothing, but it also has an excellent Laura Mercier makeup counter that offers everything for foundation to eyeshadow. Bloomingdale’s boasts of experienced associates who know how to attend to customer needs without crowding shoppers. Individuals who shop at the Laura Mercier counter can purchase with confidence, knowing that neither Laura nor Bloomingdale’s will lead them wrong.

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JC Penney, Sephora Counter at Main Place Mall
2890 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 953-9640

Located on the second floor of JC Penney at the Sephora counter, this one-stop makeup counter offers the best compact make-up kits built for any type of traveling. Whether you’re headed for a weekend get-away or a week-long Caribbean cruise, they offer a makeup kit to suit your needs. In addition to giving advice on compacts, the specialists there will also chime in on makeup choices when asked. Contrary to the average salesperson, they do not follow customers around the counter or suggest a distasteful color just to make a buck. Individuals interacting with this associate can expect an honest response and quality care.

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Macy’s at the Westminster Mall
Westminster Mall
300 Westminster Mall
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 657-3333

Classy looks at discount prices make Macy’s the number one place to shop when visiting the mall. The department store has its finger on the pulse of fashion and make-up trends, employing the best and brightest artists who let imagination be their guide. Among the elite beauty specialists at Macy’s in Westminster Mall, ladies will find Lanette. Not only does she give amazing makeovers, but she also sings while she transforms. Women who have been made over by Lanette tend to have a spark of confidence after leaving her makeup counter.

Sarie Robertson is a California native living in Los Angeles County. She is a freelance writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University who has contributed to various media outlets. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.