Post # 1
I have booked and paid for myself & 3 bridesmaids to get our hair & makeup done at my upcoming wedding this Saturday (oh my goodness, it’s so close!).
I went for my trial earlier this week and was very, very unimpressed with my makeup. The foundation didn’t have good coverage, she used brown sparkly eye shadow as eyebrow filler and she didn’t know how to put on individual false lashes. No powder, no waterproof eye liner etc. My eyes (which normally pop with the right makeup) looked very underwhelming.
Now this salon has been in business for 20+ years- my hair was amazing, so I’m not doubting her skills but I need to feel beautiful on the day and I feel she’s just added makeup to her list of services witbout really being trained in it. There will be 2 other hairdressers/makeup artists in the shop on the day of the wedding but I can’t be certain who will do my makeup.
My bridesmaids convinced me to book Napoleon who always do an amazing job on my face, so bascially I need an excuse as to why she can’t do my makeup (she’ll still do all 3 of my bridesmaids). So I’ll ask her to do my hair first & then i’ll duck out to Napoleon while my BM’s ars getting done up.
I’m not after any money back but I really don’t want to hurt her feelings by being honest.
I’m sure I’m making this more difficult than it needs to be :/
Post # 3
Hmmm, maybe tell we that someone gifted you with the other makeup artist?
Post # 4
@theone99: I’m great at think of excuses I’d say someone has paid for you to have it done by some great makeup artist too good to refuse.
Post # 5
@theone99: 🙂 I think you’re overthinking it. I understand the guilt you feel, but you need to do what’s right for you. I had three hair trial appointments with the woman who regularly does my mom’s hair. And it just wasn’t right for me. She simply could not achieve the look that really shouldn’t have been too hard (loose, casual curls). When it came down to it, I thanked her so much for her time, but that I had decided to do something else. I would tell her that you love what she does with your hair, and you can’t wait to see her on the big day and you know you’ll walk out of there looking stunning. (Or is she coming to you? Either way.) But you felt that the makeup she did wasn’t quite you, so you’re going to work with someone you’ve been working with for a long time.
Edit: You could add in that he didn’t have an availability before, but now he does, and he was very excited to be able to do your makeup that day because you’ve been going to him for so long. I don’t know. I’m sorry. I always end up telling the truth, but with little coverups like this, so I’m not very good at excuses.
Post # 6
Can i ask if you think she wasnt that good at makeup why the BM’s are still getting it done by her?
Post # 7
@theone99: As a freelance makeup artist, I can say that she will 100% see through any excuse you think up if you are letting her do your three bridesmaids but not you. I personally dont see any way around her catching on if you choose to go to someone else at the same salon. If it were me, as long as you werent trying to get your deposits back a week before the wedding, I couldnt care less if you went to someone else, but no, I promise she will catch on to what is happening.
If I were you (the bride), I’d simply cancel makeup with them all together and go somewhere else. I understand it’s a week out, but you can definitely get a couple referrals in that time.
Post # 8
why would you make up an excuse? just tell them you weren’t happy and are going elsewhere. Any good businessperson would want to know that so they can improve.
Post # 9
@theone99: I wasn’t happy after my makeup trial and I let my mua know. I sent her pics of what I wanted it to look like and she was able to correct it on my wedding day. I felt a little bad telling her I didn’t like it, but it was a signficant amount of money and I wanted to look and photograph well on my wedding day. Why don’t you let her know you were not happy with it and what she can fix? See if you can go in for another trial before Saturday.
Post # 10
A believable excuse? I would tell her you didn’t love the makeup and will be going with a different artist. Personally, I would give her a chance to do another trial, but it sounds like you don’t want her. I would at least give her the respect of telling her the truth.
Post # 11
It’s a different time in the world when the truth is unacceptable. You want someone to help you lie?
Post # 12
@theone99: when you were getting your trial, why didn’t you say that was not what you pictured and get something else?
i have my trial on saturday, if i don’t like what she is doing, you better believe, she is going to redo it until it is perfect.
Post # 13
@Cory_loves_this_girl: Ditto – tell her your got it as a gift from someone else, it’s paid for.
Post # 14
To answer all your questions
1) It’s 3 days before the wedding and I have rung every makeup artist in the area and no one is available in the morning.
2) I did tell her I wasn’t keen on my eye makeup and that I wasn’t happy with the coverage and she kept saying ‘Oh I’ll do it differently/put more on on the wedding day.’ Sorry, not good enough. I’m also not going to keep spending $120 on a makeup trials in order for her to get it right.
3) I can’t change my bridesmaids makeup because I’ve already paid for it and no other makeup places have available time slots. I was concerned there’d be a ‘good enough for you but not me’ feeling- but my girls suggested it. One of them has every MAC product available & said they’ll just touch it up if it’s not right. I also don’t have a spare $300 to pay for it again.
4) I don’t know enough about makeup to even tell her how to fix it. I expect a makeup artist to be able to do that without my prompting them.
6) It’s not just that her application of the makeup was crap, it also didn’t last long on my face at all. She used a brand I had never heard of.
5) Yes I want to tell her a lie so I don’t look like a judgemental ‘not good enough for me’ biatch. So shoot me.
Thanks for the suggestions- I’m sure it will all work out.
Post # 15
Tell her you want to do your own makeup.
Post # 16
i would cancel your makeup, and tell her you got a free makeup package with your hotel stay along with a spa