Post # 1
I’m starting to panic. I put off booking a makeup artist for my July 24 wedding until now, and I’ve gotten 3 “we’re booked”‘s in a row in the past 24 hours!
Before people start suggesting department store counters and best friends and whoever does my hair, or getting photos airbrushed, or even doing it myself, I need to explain something about me and my face. I have had a lot of problems with acne; though my skin is better now, I still have scars I consider serious and ugly. I have redness, undereye bags, the beginnings of wrinkles, gigantic pores, AND occasional breakouts.
This is the single aspect of my wedding that is most likely to cause me to have a complete meltdown day-of. I really have some serious body image issues concerning my skin. I think having acne as a teenager and young adult scarred me in some ways and I just hate looking at my face for extended periods of time. I put on makeup in bad lighting in the morning on purpose because it allows me to ignore the imperfections I can’t completely cover up. On the occasions when I really do care about how I look and try hard to do a good job with makeup, I have to work hard to keep my emotions in check because I feel like I always fail to look even halfway acceptable to myself, much less good. I was on the verge of tears before my shower for this reason. I hate spending almost $200 just on makeup, but I knew early on that this was a necessity. I contacted a makeup artist early, but failed to follow up and send a check to reserve my spot because I got so busy at my horrible job (and for a while thought I’d have to make serious budget cuts for financial reasons), plus I live in a different state than where the wedding is. I’m kicking myself so hard right now.
I don’t know if I want solutions, commiseration, or just an outlet.
Post # 3
This may sound like a strange idea, but what about calling up a spa? A lot of them do facial treatments to “fix” bad skin AND offer makeup applications. Maybe one of the ones near you would be able to help you cover up your inperfections better than a traditional makeup artist–some of those salon/spas/plastic surgery places do all kinds of stuff besides the classic nip and tuck. The one place i’m thinking of is a “medical spa” and they have a whole room with makeup and everything in there.
Post # 4
Id ask the people that are saying “no” who they recommend since they are not available. You will get the best recommendations that way because they are people that are in the business and know other peoples services.
Post # 5
First, I am sorry for this stress.
However, I am not quite understanding what is wrong w a make-up counter. I would go to a place that specializes in hypoallergenic or clean makeup. They probably would be better than even a normal makeup artist who may not have products tailored to your skin.
Also, have you considered a dermatologist? He or she could get your skin in shape for the big day.
Lastly, know that you will be beautiful on your wedding day. You husband will never have seen a more beautiful woman.
Post # 6
PS most derms can get rid of acne scars or significantly lessen them.
Post # 7
Thanks for the ideas and support! I know that my FI will think I’m beautiful and that he thinks that I am now even without makeup. I think he’s crazy and has low standards. I’m not worried about pleasing him, but about pleasing myself. I know that sounds neurotic and probably selfish, and apologize.
I did get referrals from the artists who weren’t available. One of the 3 no’s was from one of these. Another of them is at least available that day; I’m waiting on a reply to see if it will work out with rates, etc. I’m the only one in the wedding party who’s going to bother with pro makeup, so if she’ll charge for more than that to visit, or if going to her is impossible, then it might not work out. If it seems like that’s the only option, I might spend way more money than I wanted and treat my mom and sisters to makeup, since I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking them to pay for this.
I have been seeing a dermatologist, but I don’t feel like it’s helped much, besides minimizing (not eliminating) breakouts. The one thing that she’s suggested to get rid of my scars is a chemical peel that will make me extremely sensitive to the sun, as in, if I get even a second of sun in the week or two after the peel, I’ll get sun spots that will look even worse than the acne scars. It’s turning into summer already where I live, so neither she nor I thought that was a good idea. She’s told me that there’s nothing anyone can do about my pores since they’re genetic.
I didn’t think a make-up counter would be quite good enough because I don’t know if you can ensure that you’d have the same artist there for both a trial and the wedding day. I want airbrush makeup because I heard it’s the best and will stay flawless all day, and I don’t think makeup counters do that. They probably don’t do false eyelashes either.
A spa might be an option. I’ll look into that if this lady doesn’t work out. Although I’m worried there might not be any spas very close to our location. 45 min in the car each way could be a bit too much in the middle of all that rushing around. Do you think they do airbrush makeup?
Post # 8
Many of the girls who work at department store counters do wedding makeup on the side. So if you go get a trial and like how it turns out, you could ask her to do your makeup on the day of or recommend one of her colleagues.