Snobby vendor or is it me? Would u still book? Poll

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: What would you do?
    Still do the trial with her : (10 votes)
    27 %
    Find a new MUA : (16 votes)
    43 %
    Spend the $200 on make-up and do it your damn self : (11 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    129 posts
    Blushing bee

    I don’t think you’re going crazy at all. I personally don’t like pushy vendors. Like you, I understand that there would have to be a down deposit to hold a date and whatnot, that’s pretty standard. But I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting that money down without a trial. I also wouldn’t want to drop close to $100 to be all made up one day and then having to pay again for the day of the photo session. Even if she has wonderful reviews and photos of her work, I feel like everyone is different. Every face is different. Wonderful make-up artists have tried to do my makeup as well and I hated it. This would definitely bother me. I don’t like to feel pushed or pressured especially when it involves money. I find that vendors that do this lose their professionalism and I personally can’t trust a vendor when they act that way. It’s just so unnecessary, especially when planning a wedding itself can be overwhelming. Also, you do wonderful makeup! You look beautiful and you know yourself best. 

    Post # 3
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    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I think that you would save money by spending money on make up you get to keep after. Or look for a different vendro. She sounds like she will be stressing you out even more.

    Post # 4
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    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I agree with you on not liking pushy vendors. It could just be that she’s trying to make it extra clear to you that she might get booked before your engagement shoot so you don’t go bridezilla on her when you find out you just paid for a trial that no longer matters because she can’t do your day. She doesn’t do trials in weekends because she is doing events on weekends. 

    i did want to point out though that her price is very reasonable, and while you look great in all those cell phone photos with filters that doesn’t really mean anything when it comes to professional non filtered photography in daylight. If you are leaning towards doing your own wedding makeup, why not do your own as a “trial “for the engagement shoot? That way you can see if you’re happy with the final result without spending 85$? 

     

    Post # 5
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    1633 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    mzxri :  +1

    This woman sounds like a snot. You know what is the best way to make me want to book a vendor asap? If the vendor tells me to take my time and consider all my options and contact them to book when I’m ready. Obviously some vendors book up very fast, so it’s courteous for them to tell you that they’re already getting inquiries for your wedding month, but this was the case with the photographer I hired, and when I gave him two dates we were considering and we just needed to hear back from the venue about availability, he said he’d pencil me in for both dates and let me know if he got another inquiry for one of those dates so I could move on it and snatch it up if I wanted.

    This MUA might be good, but I’d consider how her attitude will affect things down the road. Is this going to be someone who is unwilling to work with you if you request she change something that you didn’t particularly like at your trial? She sounds conceited and obnoxious. If it were me, I’d probably keep looking, and if you run out of time before your engagement photos and haven’t found an MUA, just do your makeup yourself for that. Then when you find someone else, use your trial on the day of a party or something.

    Whereabouts are you located? Do there seem to be plenty of other options for MUA’s?

    Post # 6
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    953 posts
    Busy bee

    We loved all of our vendors except our caterer and – unsurprisingly – we had loads of issues with him on the day of the wedding. 

    If your gut tells you not to hire this person, then follow your gut! 

    If you want a cheaper make up artist I reccomend looking on Thumbtack. But if you want to do your own make up, i think you are definately skilled enough to handle that! 

    Post # 7
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I would find another make-up artist to book simply out of principle. This make-up artist sounds vain, arrogant, overly confident, pushy, and rude.

    Your make-up looks great when you do it yourself but I’d still find another make-up artist to do it for you. Professional make-up focuses on applying make-up in a way that will look great in photos, which is different from every day make-up.

    Post # 8
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    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Personally I would walk away. If she is so in demand I am a sure she can wait until after a trial. If you decide not to go with her she could easily find business. I really can’t stand bad customer service. I don’t think she sounds very professional. You are employing her and she is acting like its an honour and that you must do as she says. I would keep looking. My MUA is so lovely and she didn’t pressure me for a retainer. I got a free trial and I also get a full bridal trial. 

    Do you even need a make up artist? Your make up Looks fabulous and it appears you know what your are doing. If I was as good as you I would not need a make up artist. 

    Post # 9
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    355 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    mrsbrizz2017 :  i’ve had my makeup doen several times and hated it. i decided to just purchase products and diy it (and i dont even wear makeup normally). probably spending about $500, including brushes. but my naive attempts (after watching a lot of youtube and doing a couple of sephora make overs) has been LOADS better than any of the MUA jobs. plus – i now have makeup i can wear over and over (i have a lot of weddings coming up, so it’s good practice).

    Post # 10
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    820 posts
    Busy bee

    Weddings are too expensive to give money to people you don’t like! I would either do your makeup yourself, as it looks really nice in all of those photos, or just find a different makeup artist if you’d rather get it professionally done.

    Post # 11
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    1351 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I think her telling you about the retainer and only doing trails on certain days. Totally normal. 

    Her annoying you and questioning your photographer not normal. 

    Dump her. 

    Post # 12
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    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I don’t know why, but wedding vendors tend to be pretty pushy. It is like being hit up by used car salesmen, “HURRY THIS OFFER WILL EXPIRE IN 40 SECONDS!” I think it comes from two different places:

    1. Vendors worry that brides will be pissed at them. Brides get stressed and busy and assume the vendor will be at their wedding because they’ve been in contact with the vendor but then the vendor books the date for another bride because there was no deposit. I’ve noticed a lot of vendors stress this part.
    2. Wedding work may be their side job that they are trying to turn into a full time gig so they are really pushing to book as many people as possible.

    Your wedding day will be a wounderful, amazing, chaotic blur. I recommend booking vendors you like having around, enjoy interacting with, and won’t drive you bat shit crazy on an already stressful day. If this woman is already bothering you, I suggest you book appointments to meet with other MUAs. Most of them are more than happy to talk with you over the phone so that you can get a feel for them before doing a trial.

    Post # 13
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    6992 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I feel you..I’m probably the least pushy wedding vendor because it’s just not a business route I feel comfortable taking. It’s not my personality…I’m a photographer not a car salesman. 

    I’m not saying the MUA isn’t being pushy, but I’d just like to give a different perspective. Your engagement session (and thus your appt with her) is still 3 weeks away. Within those 3 weeks if she gets an inquiry for your date and they are ready to book and pay the retainer she’s going to take it. Either that or she’s going to call you with one last chance and you’re going be even more pissed that you feel pressured to either go ahead and book her without a trial OR find a new MUA. From a vendors point of view….it happends way more than people think and always always the bride is angry with us, despite being told numerous times that a date is not held without a retainer.

    I’ve had it happen with clients who want to scheudle an engagement session as a test run before booking, only to have me book their date before the session even takes place. Then the couple is unhappy because they have to start over from scratch looking for a photographer….even though I make it VERY CLEAR that their date is not booked without a contract/retainer. 

    At the end of the day you need to go with who you feel most comfortable with. If you’re already getting a bad vibe from her you aren’t going to be happy with your makeup because your opinion of her is already tainted. I can totally understand her not being available on a weekend, because weekends are for weddings. It’s like I explain to any of my clients who get upset when I can’t do their engagement session or a consultation on a weekend. My weekends are devoted to servicing my clients on their wedding day, and I don’t take on any other business. I feel pretty confident that if the roles were reversed they wouldn’t want me trying to squeeze in other stuff when I should be focusing on their day.

    Post # 14
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    1495 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    mrsbrizz2017 :  I personally like the way you do your own makeup and I like my own skills as well (yes I am humble) but I still opted to get professional makeup done for my wedding because that takes so much stress off of you. I voted to do the trial with her, worst comes to wrost you’ll only be out $85, and if you don’t like it just invest some money into good quality makeup that’ll last all day. Honestly $225 would go a looong way into getting quality makeup pieces as long as you invest in the right things such as foundation, eyeshadow, bronzer, and you can “save” on other items such as lipsticks, mascaras by buying travel size.

    Post # 15
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    1890 posts
    Buzzing bee

    There are a lot of makeup artists out there; I would work with someone else. Good vendors don’t have to be this pushy and obnoxious to make a sale. Part of what you’re paying for is someone who’s going to be relaxing and calming to be around on the day of your wedding–do you really want to have to deal with her? It wouldn’t surprise me if she shows up late for your engagement session or pulls some other crap.

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