I’m a makeup artist, and obviously I’m not making excuses for her, but if she is unfamilliar with the area, that may be part of the problem (I always have to give myself at least an hour more travel time than I think in a new area for traffic reasons)… That being said, if she does know the area, that could be a problem, although there could be something else going on, like an accident or something. I would maybe give her a call again (if you have her cell number) to check in on where she is.
If you want to look into finding someone else for you wedding day, you may be able to find someone. If a MUA you contact is unavailable, she may be able to give you the name of someone else to try.
My personal opinion, is, that I wouldn’t try and do your own makeup on your wedding day. In all my years of experience, I have seen it go poorly WAY more times than I have seen it go well. I have actually only even seen it go well in one circumstance.
I’m a makeup artist, and have been for many years, and I’m not even doing my own for my wedding day. Even if you can do your makeup amazingly, 365 days a year, and have practiced it a billion times, inevitably, on the day of, stress is high, time lines are strict and tight, and something significant will go wrong.
More times than I care to count, I’ve gotten frantic Saturday morning phone calls from brides who have botched their makeup and are panicking and calling me, hoping I’m available to fix it.
Give her a little time to show up, and see what her excuse it, it may be completely valid, if you’re worried about her being late on the day of, ask her to start 30 mins earlier (a buffer in case she is late).
Post pictures of your trial makeup after it’s done!!1 I’d love to see it! I’m sure other bees would too( if you want to of course)!
Best of luck!
Remember to smile, makeup always looks better with a smile on!