- 7 years ago
I have a very good friend that I met through school years ago who does makeup. She’s not a professional per se, but she used to get the job done. She would do things on the side for people, small films, etc, and I like how she always does her own makeup, and she always seemed really confident in doing it. She did my makeup long ago for a school project (I had to look “sexy”) and it was great.
For my wedding I decided I would hit her up and have her do my wedding. She is charging about $120. The thing is, I find out she hadn’t done makeup in a while, but she still seemed confident and she is my FRIEND, of course I wanted to give her some business.
I did a makeup trial for her, and I don’t know much about makeup, but I didn’t really like it for my WEDDING. It was alright, but it looked a bit caked on. She seemed unsure of herself and unfocused (which I wasn’t used to coming from her), like she was just making things up as she went along, as opposed to having real ideas and being confident. She was supposed to use an airbrush but discovered that she bought the wrong makeup and it wouldn’t work (which I would have figured she would have known prior to the trial).
What’s more odd is that she TOLD me she didn’t even like her finished job, she said she was “rusty” and offered to redo the trial (but it’s difficult to schedule once because of her job). I didn’t feel confident coming from the trial, but again because I didn’t look HORRIBLE, I just figured things would look better once she “got her ish together.”
Now yesterday, a friend of mine offered her wedding makeup artist to me outta the blue. Now, I was actually there during her wedding last year while her makeup was getting done by this woman and this woman also did her entire bridal party and they looked AWESOME. So awesome I wanted her to do my makeup for the hell of it lol!
My friend said this woman would do it for $85, and I was shocked that it was so cheap because she did such a professional and fantastic job. My friend had a variety of races in her wedding and she did every shade beautifully from olive complexion to chocolate. My friend said that she books fast so she needs to know soon.
So now the problem is that I already told my friend that she was “hired”. There is no contract or anything. My mistake was not doing a trial prior to that, it’s just that she was always the “go-to” person as far as makeup went in the past and she used to do such a great job. I don’t want to “unhire” her, but I really didn’t walk away feeling super great about the makeup.
I want to give this other woman a chance because A) she’s AWESOME B) She’s charging less (and she’s a stranger; I would think my friend would charge less)
But as you can imagine, I do not want to lose a friend either. But I want to feel confident on my wedding day.