Post # 1
I would love some advice about a sticky situation. I went for a trial with a makeup artist who is also an aesthetician. I have gone to her for facials in the past and know her. She’s a really nice person. She has great reviews for bridal makeup and a nice portfolio, so I went to her. But there were so many red flags it was almost funny:
She suggested colors that didn’t go with my darker skin and tried black eyeshadow! She didn’t like it when I asked for different colors and just kept layering till it was a mess. She used glitter and tried to argue with me when I said I was not a glitter person. She forgot my lips entirely. Her eyeliner was not steadily applied. She didn’t even try to cover a zit I had, saying that the best way to cover them was not get them in the first place. She picked too-light foundation and my neck stood out.
After all of this, when it was clear I wasn’t happy but she was out of time — she said I didn’t need another trial (which I would have paid for), we would just figure it out the day of my wedding!
In the end, I looked okay, but certainly not hundred-dollar-fabulous. Given that I know her from before, and that she is GOOD friends with my wedding hair stylist whose salon is in the same building, what specific phrases can I use to let her down gently? I will be hiring him but not her; and I did pay her for the trial.
Post # 3
Just tell her you appreciated it and liked the look, but that it was maybe more of a glam, night out look rather than a blushing bride look.
Good luck 🙁
Post # 4
Or, consider a little white lie- that you have been gifted with a gift certificate and you are going to use someone else.
Not a total lie, as I’ll bet anything you have been gifted with a gift certificate.You can just let her assume the connection.
Post # 5
I would be honest and tell her that while her look was nice you want a more demure look. I would also think about telling her that you felt the communication was off during your session. Thank her for her time and just leave it at that.
Post # 6
ooo i like the gift certificate idea. but I agree with DaisyLynn that it’s a good idea to give her a compliment “While I really liked the look you created for me, I’ve decided to try a couple more places before making this big decision! My friend gave me a gift certificate for a makeup trial as a present and I would like to take advantage of that. I hope you understand! Thanks” kind of thing~
Post # 7
In this case I would lie to save her feelings and to make it less awkward. Say you have a gift card to somewhere else, or a friend/BM said she would like to do your makeup day of….you could even pretend that the last one works out for your day of timeline the best and is less stress for you!
Post # 8
Thank you so much! These are great ideas, and I will definitely use one of them. *big sigh of relief* I really hope you all have wonderful hair and makeup experiences and don’t need to use these excuses! But thank you for your input!
Post # 9
I would tell her that something happened with the budget and now you have to do your own makeup. Maybe use the “my mom added a ton of guests at the last minute, and now we are way too strapped for cash”. A very common and reasonable thing to happen….she might just buy it.