SPINOFF: How Do I Fire My Makeup Artist After a Bad Trial?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Member
65 posts
Worker bee

Just tell her you decided not to go with her. That’s it. Easy! I fired my make up artist and hair stysts too. They are my friends though, but their work sucked big time!!

Post # 4
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161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I fired my photographer and she was very understanding. I would just tell her honestly that you are going to somebody else who meets your needs better, or you don’t necessarily have to give a valid reason, it’s your day! I’m sire it wouldn’t be the first time some one has had to cancel. Good luck 🙂

Post # 5
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4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’d say you decided to do your own makeup to save money or something along those lines.

Post # 6
Member
65 posts
Worker bee

Oh yea, we tried to fire our photographer too but didn’t. After “hey I’m letting you go” talk, he gave us a big presentation of how he can satisfy our needs and ended up throwing a lot of free stuff too. We’re very happy we went with him. We became friends:)

Post # 7
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5445 posts
Bee Keeper

I would just say that the makeup didn’t match your vision and you’re going with someone else. Sure, you could lie and say you’re doing it yourself, but if she doesn’t get constructive criticism she won’t get any better. 

Post # 8
Hostess
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ellie-b:  Just be honest with her that you feel like her style of artistry does not match to what you envisioned. Easy peasy! 🙂 Vendors are so used to that, she won’t be hurt I promise!

Post # 9
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560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My first makeup trial was horrible. I looked so ordinary and honestly not much better than if I had done it myself.  I had already given a deposit, a big deposit.  I asked for a re-do trial but she wanted to charge me an additoinal 85$ for it!  I refused to pay that much for another round of so-so makeup.  The crazy thing is she won so many awards on weddingwire for vendor of year, etc. so I felt confident in booking her! I’ve never NOT liked makeup that I had done professionally until this trial.  

When she wouldn’t give me a free or low cost second trial I told her thanks but no thanks, I wouldn’t be needing her services for the wedding.  Technically , (per contract) she could have come after me for a lot more money since I broke our contract within a certrain amount of time before the wedding.  Luckily she didn’t.  She made out very well with my deposit and she also told me she couldn’t stay for touch-ups (something I paid 200 extra for ) and that her “assistant” would stay (not ok I paid HER 200$ to stay) because she was leaving for Poland after she finished my makeup.  Blessing in disquise that I fired her ass, my MUA was amazing and so much more affordable!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I break up with vendors all the time (no lie). My favorite line “although I like your work, I’ve decided to go in a different direction. Another [vendor] who comes highly recommended seems to be more in line with my vision for the day. Please feel free to book another event on [date] if you would like. Best wishes in your future endeavors!”

 

Post # 11
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113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Bethesda Academy Whitefield Chapel & Brockington Hall

@Overjoyed:  that advice is so perfect! Lol, i really could have used it a week ago but c’est la vie! Im glad to have it now! 🙂 thanks!! 

Post # 13
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I had to break up with a vendor – my email to them included things like

  • it was a pleasure meeting with you
  • I appreciate your time (if you’ve used them for whatever)
  • While I love your work, I’ve decided to go in another direction

I think it’s best to end on a good note – you don’t know who they know and you don’t want to be talked about in a negative light. Also, there’s no reason to be specific as to why you aren’t using them unless they ask.

Post # 14
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348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I fired my makeup artist after I didn’t like my trial.  I just sent an email, and that was that!

Post # 15
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4223 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I didn’t go with the makeup girl I trialed. I told her honestly that I didn’t care for it. Most of them know it’s not personal. 

Post # 16
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1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would definitely just say something short and sweet like “Dear MUA, After some thought I decided to go in another direction. I will no longer need your services for my wedding on Date”

 

Don’t lie that you’re doing it yourself if you aren’t. That’s ridiculous. We, as women, need to stop being so concerned about being percieved as “nice”. What’s the worst that can happen? The MUA calls you up and yells at you for canceling on you? Oh well.

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