Post # 1
Ok Ladies…I had (an expensive) makeup trial…and it was HORRIBLE. The MUA that I used have 10 perfect reviews on Yelp (now I’m not sure if those reviews are fake) – the day of my trial, the MUA was rude and very “business” like. I was joking saying, “I’ll feed you at my wedding!” Her respond was “I only care if I get paid or not”.
During the process, my mom was taking pictures and the MUA wasn’t too happy about it…Then after the makeup was finish, my face looks white as a ghost and very flat…but the MUA was in a hurry because she has another trial coming in…
Anyway…the MUA didn’t do ANY contouring and didn’t even use concealer to cover blemishes and redness on my face, and she didn’t use any powder….it was a bad AND expensive makeup and top it off with a rude MUA.-SO, I e-mailed the MUA to let her know I would like to have another trial (yes, full-price trial) to try a different makeup…she doesn’t respond, so I call her many times but only left 1 message…FINALLY got a respond back via e-mail, she said “I don’t know why you want to change your makeup – this left a bad taste in my mouth.” — I was like WTF? A bride can’t change her mind and have a different makeup?? It’s not like I’m asking to do a free trial, I’m asking to do another full-paid trial!!
So…after talking w/ my family, they all agree that I’m better at doing my own makeup then the MUA and there’s no reason I should take crap from this MUA. Now I’m thinking if I should just do my own makeup on the day of my wedding. or should I waste more time and money on makeup trial (All the makeup trial here are expensive…you’re looking at $100 – $150 per trial)-I’m very good with makeup, the only reason why I was considering having a MUA is so I can be stress-free on the day-of. But now, I’m feeling even more stressful because not knowing the results, not knowing if the MUA will arrive on time, and not knowing the “mood” of the MUA the day of my wedding…
I’m debating. Suggestions ladies???
Note: For my sister’s wedding, I did my own makeup and my aunts makeup. It turned out great…my aunt’s makeup was even better then my mom, whom my sister hired a MUA to do her makeup. My sister makeup was pretty bad…but she fixed it up herself…. did I mention my sister’s MUA was 1.5 hr late???
Post # 3
@iMechie: For me, i would be too stressed out on my wedding day to do my own makeup. When i’m nervous things get messy. lol
Your make-up artist sounds like a pain in the ass. (to say the least.)
If you’re comfortable doing your own makeup and are confident in yourself then i think you should do it, if not then look elsewhere for a make-up artist, maybe visit some salons and talk to the team, see what kind of vibe you get from them.
Personally, i would also write MUA a bad review, not wanting any unsuspecting brides to go through the same thing!
Post # 4
I think you’re going to have so much going on the day of the wedding that doing your own makeup might be stressful. I don’t know about you, but my makeup never looks great when I’m trying extra hard to make it look super nice.
Are there other MUAs in your area that you can test?
Post # 5
You could just book an appointment at a make-up counter like Lancome or Estee Lauder and go get your make-up done before you go to the venue. It’s usually $50, or free with at least a $50 purchase.
Post # 6
I also had a bad experience with my MUA (and the only one I even know of in the area) so I think I am going to just do it myself. Although I do think I will give her one more chance to do it when I go in to have her color my hair before the wedding.
I have been trying out all kinds of different makeup and techniques to find the right one for me. I hope its not TOO stressful…now I am kind of worried. LOL
Post # 7
Whenever I’ve had my makeup done by a professional, I’ve ended up disappointed. Essentially, I always feel over done and not like myself (and once I had the “white” effect, I felt like a ghost!). Now, we’re getting married in a very remote location, so I doubt I could get a MUA even if I tried – but based on my previous experience I feel totally fine doing it myself. It sounds like you’re very comfortable doing your own makeup, so I think you should go ahead and don’t bother trying to find a new MUA.
Post # 8
@Gevurah: It’s really expensive to keep on testing around for MUA. I called a couple of places where they charge between $100-$150 per trial AND your wedding date is not guarantee if someone booked them immediately after your trial.
@michiru4ever: I setup an appointment at Sephora to have a makeup trial, but they don’t travel. We are going to book a hotel across from the venue so it’ll be difficult to run around considering city traffic.
@magglemay-2013; Make sure you have a list of things you want her to change! I had my list and was reay to pay for second trial…till she felt “offended” that I want to change HER makeup.
Post # 9
I did my own. it csme out just the way I like it and photos came out great.I just made sure I had enough time. Now I decided to do my own after a couple mua didn’t make the cut and some didn’t return calls or emails.
Post # 10
@fozzyb79: How many MUA did you try before you gave up? I see that you’re from NY…I’m guessing the pricing aren’t cheap either.
Post # 11
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@iMechie: It sounds like you’re better at doing your own makeup than THAT MUA. I think she’s the problem and she sounds terrible! Also, how much did she charge? My MUA was expensive for the day of, but the trial was cost of lashes + min. cost of airbrushing (if you decide to go that route) so it was $25 for the trial.
Also, was it expensive because you expect the MUA to be with you all day? Your “I’ll feed you” comment is confusing me
For my BFF’s wedding we all did our own makeup and I was so nervous that I’d screw up and then I’d screw her day of schedule off. So for my own I knew I wanted to have our makeup done, it was so relaxing and nice to get pampered!
Post # 12
if you’re comfortable doing your own, i think that’s what you should do.
i did my own and it came out fine. sometimes i look at certain pics and think, “i should have worn more of this or done that,” but all in all i was happy with it. i had planned on having my makeup done by a makeup artist, but then she and my brother broke up, so that idea went out the window, lol. she was going to do it for free and it wasn’t in my budget to pay someone else.
i have my license in cosmetology, so i’m kind of a control freak when it comes to stuff like this. i was surprisingly very calm on my wedding day, but i think if i’d had someone else doing my makeup it would have made me antsy.
Post # 13
Wow, even if she did a great job I wouldn’t want to hire her because of the attitide. When choosing all of our vendors, part of what was a big part of the decision was their personalities. On the big day I want to be happy and not worried that someone is irritated with me.
I was lucky that my MUA and hair stylist were fabulous on the first try but if I wasn’t comfortable to tell either of them to make changes (which I did a ton) on the trial then I know I wouldn’t feel comfortable on the wedding day and there is no chance I want that!
I would suggest looking for another artist that is recomended from someone here or from a trusted vendor. That is how I found my officiant, florist and MUA–recomended by our fabulous photographer.
I made my MUA go darker on my eyes three times and each time she was happy to do it and my Fiance took a picture of me during the trial and she couldn’t have cared less. As for my hair trial, when she first did it (a low side messy bun) it was poofy on top (I told her I wanted volume) and it looked awful so I told her that I thought I wanted poofy but seeing it on me, no way. She was also happy to change it and it ended up looking great. You need to hire someone that makes you feel at ease and comfortable to talk to.
Post # 14
I would not do my own make up, but that’s because I’m terrible at doing my own make up. My lashes always come out uneven. So I am going with my favorite mua in LA. Took me a while to find her, MAC and MUF always made me too white, which I hate. The girl I use now listens to me- which is super important.
If you think you can handle doing your make up yourself, then go for it! I would suggest doing your own trials though. Set a time for after work when you’re tired to do your make up and see how it feels to do your make up under stress. Also take lots of pictures from different angles and blast yourself with the flash.
Might be a good idea to also leave make up on for a while see when you’d need to reapply etc.
Good luck! I’m sure you’re going to look gorgeous regardless of which way you go!
Post # 15
I’m a makeup artist. I would never ever treat a client that way! I surely wouldnt go back to the same MUA and have her do a trial again. If you had a bad experience right off the bat, she was rude, rushed, didnt listen to you, didnt cover up any blemishes… this all sounds like a bad idea to go back to her. When I was freelancing doing bridal makeup I too cost 100 bucks for a consult however I came to someone’s location and also worked with them until we got it right. Thats the point of a trial. Keep in mind the trial isnt so that you can see what she can do then you take it or leave it. It’s so you can get the look you want. Hair and makeup people ARE notorious for being really late… which is bad for me because I get a bad rep. In the industry if you are on time you are late. You are supposed to be a half hour early. If you are confident in doing your own I would say ditch the MUA, save your money, and do your own. You can practice several times in the mean time and you will have it down pat by the time the day rolls around. Also I think it was very kind of you to offer to feed her… lol. I usually breeze in on the day of and do the makeup then leave. You seem like you have a good handle on makeup skills and I would say perhaps you would have even less stress doing yours the day of. For me, its going to be time when I can just reflect and be by myself and get the look I want. Good luck to you!
Post # 16
@mchitt329: It was $90 + tips!! Per trial!! T_T