The Donna Mee Agency's private makeup application lessons go way beyond the usual “what foundation goes with my skin tone” advice you'll get at the mall. Mee and her army of artists specialize in corrective techniques and contouring (in the industry, Mee is known as “the makeup guru”). This means: how to create the illusion of better bone structure, how to make a round face look more oval, how to reduce a strong jaw line or double chin, and when to use a natural bristle brush versus synthetic. The lessons ($145 for 1½ hours or three hours for $250) focus on applying makeup strategically. Bring whatever cosmetics and tools you've already got, and they'll teach you how to use them properly and/or suggest better ones. For an additional fee, Mee's artists will even go makeup shopping with you. —Gendy Alimurung
270 E. Baker St., Suite 300, Costa Mesa, 92626. (714) 438-2436, donnameeinc.com.