Post # 1
I’m thinking about hiring a makeup artist for my wedding, but the truth is that I’m scared of them. I wasn’t raised by a mother who wore makeup and I just never really learned along the way. I’ve had one department store lady give me a demo and practically yell at me:
“Stop flinching! … Wow, you’re really not used to this, are you?”
when my eyes were tearing up (I have a hard time letting people work near my eyes). I also had a girl at Sephora start putting makeup on me and tell me
“Gosh, your eyes are really small.” And she’d sort of sigh and shake her head as if this was causing her big problems in trying to make me look pretty. She said it again when she was almost done: “Yeah, you have really small eyes.”
I wanted to poke her in the eye with her mascara wand. Anyone else had bad experiences?
Post # 3
omg totally i did.. i had one shove all of these things on me and i bought them, took them to another store returned them immediately. the other store knew exactly who the sales person was and was like how does she push all of these things on y’all…
Post # 4
Haha… dangit… they’re so intimidating!
Post # 5
Wow… those girls are NOT nice. I promise that not everyone is like that, and that you probably got the two worst in the bunch! Keep trying! If you don’t really wear makeup, I’d suggest going to the Aveda counter… they’re pretty natural and everyone I’ve seen that got their makeup done there looks GREAT!
Post # 6
Aww I’m sorry for your experience! Check with Yelp! and also explain your concerns at a trial appointment so the person is aware.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I am doing my own makeup because they always stress me out. “Trust me, you’ll look *muuuch* better with this really dark lipstick and no eyeliner.”
It makes me look like I have a queen-sized futon for a mouth. :p
Post # 8
I’ve noticed that sometimes the mmake up ladies like to make you look like them. Best advice is be your own advocate. Let them know what you like or don’t like. You’re paying for it. Its their job to make you happy.
Post # 9
yeah…I honestly think I’ll be doing my own makup
but of course, doing lots of practice before the day to get the right look!
Post # 10
You’ve just had bad luck, I’m afraid. There are definitely makeup artists out there who are very cool, laid back, friendly, and know how to work with and enhance different features. Also, there are tricks for working around tearing eyes, so if the makeup artist can’t handle that, s/he probably isn’t very experienced.
I’d recommend checking out different makeup artists websites and spending some time going through their portfolios (just like a photographer would have) so that you can get a sense of their style. When you find a few that you like, schedule trials with a couple different artists so that you can play with ideas and see which person you gel with best.
Watch to make sure they take notes of what what products work best on your skin, what you’re happy/not happy with, the colors you like, etc. so that they’ll have all of that handy on your wedding day. Then on the big day you don’t have to stress or fuss over anything — all decisions are made and ready to roll out.
Post # 11
Wow, I’ve never hear a makeup artist tell any of my clients anything like that! Then again, who would say such a thing to a bride!? I’ve only seen them be patient. Many people have issues with the poking around the eyes.
Post # 12
I’m sorry you’ve had bad luck! The makeup counters can be hit or miss – what I do is go for the guy. The male make up artists, usually gay, know what it’s like to be belittled for an interest in makeup and tend to be very, very kind. They’re also really skillful as a group without any competitive edge or weird personal habits towards female makeup.
Post # 13
I don’t trust them because I’ve seen what they’ve done. Some of my friends at prom — LOL!!
I’ve always been a natural makeup pro. I look forward to doing my own makeup on my big day!
Post # 14
I think when you go to a department store, you’re dealing with girls who are often working part time, are underpaid and not invested in their jobs very much. My mom works in a dept store make-up counter full-time, and she is very invested into making her clients happy. People come to her for bridal makeup all the time. Through the years I’ve met a lot of her coworkers, and some are as good as her, while others aren’t. So it’s just hit and miss – I definitely wouldn’t give up on it because of two negative experiences.
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Post # 15
I’m sorry you had such a negative experience with makeup artists. I do think that if you’re going to a department store, it’s going to be hit and miss. I’ve seen some awesome makeup artists and some sloppy/rude ones.
If you’re looking to hire one, I’d say just keep looking. maybe you can get a recommendation from a friend or another bride in your area?
Post # 16
LMAO 50 – queen sized futon!!!
I will be doing my own makeup because I, like PPs, have seen way too many people come out of getting their makeup done and look like a clown. And plus, I wear makeup everyday and feel like I know what looks best on me. Only thing I’m worried about is hoping that I’m not nervous and shaking while trying to put on eyeliner or something. Ugh.