- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
So I chose a makeup artist for my wedding based on a couple of factors: reviews, reputation, willingness to travel to my getting ready location the day of the wedding, and their willingness to use my own makeup products, rather than their own. I know the last criteria is a weird request, but I’m allergic to so many ingredients, and get horrible breakouts from pretty much everything, that I’m not willing to chance using new products that may make my face explode with cystic acne…I finally got it under control, and I’m not willing to chance it before my wedding.
So the artist I ended up booking was my 2nd choice (my first choice was booked), but she had outstanding reviews, and was very willing to use my own products on me, so I felt comfortable booking her. I absolutely did not want to book someone without doing a trial first, but the people I was interested in were booking up so quickly (10 months before my wedding, mind you), and I didn’t really want to do a trial that early…really wish I had now.
Fast forward to yesterday when I go to meet her for my trial…and I was kind of horrified when I looked in the mirror – she dabbed the brush in my mineral makeup (Alima) a couple of times, and dabbed it on my face – all of my current breakouts (I still get a couple of small pimples around TTOTM) and scars were completely visible, and it looked like I wasn’t even wearing makeup…honestly, my first thought was ‘I put on more makeup than this when I’m just running errands…why the hell would I want to look like this on my wedding day?? I’m not going to the beach, I’m getting married!!’ She then threw on my blush, lilac eyeshadow (not what I was picturing when I said I wanted a timeless, feminine, delicate, romantic look), and clumpy mascara…and then proceeded to fill in my eyebrows with a blonde pencil that was barely visible…my hair is a dark, dark ashy blonde color…and the blonde looked completely out of place.
Then when I described the lip color that I was looking for to her (a mauve-y slightly darker than my natural lip color shade…no coral, no red, no bright pinks), she proceeds to put a coral-y pink color on my lips…when I tell her I don’t like it, she then tells me that she doesn’t have anything that color, and that I should go to the MAC counter and find one that she can use. I understand that it may throw her for a loop not being able to use her own face products on me, but after she gave me this whole speech about ‘a good makeup artist can create a look with any products,’ I expected more from her.
I even brought her some photos from our engagement photo session (where I had done my own makeup), and told her that that was how I typically did my makeup…and that I wanted to look like me on my wedding day, but just probably a little bit heavier since it’s an evening wedding…the photos were fairly close-up and you could easily see my makeup, and she couldn’t even replicate it. I’m honestly not sure what else to do, but I’ve lost all faith in her :-(. All she said when she saw the photos was ‘wow, I really like how you do your makeup.’ My thought was ‘thanks, but why can’t you replicate it if you’re a professional??’
I’m honestly so irritated and upset right now, I don’t know what to do. I didn’t want to do my own makeup the day of my wedding since I’ll have more than enough going on to keep me busy that day, but now I don’t think I have a choice.
Sorry for the rant, but I’m just so frustrated right now and wanted to use this board as a sounding board…am I just expecting too much and overreacting? I’ve never had my makeup done by a professional before, so I don’t really know what to expect – is this a typical experience? Any help and/or guidance/input would be appreciated. I’ve already booked this lady, so I’m obligated to pay her regardless…but needless to say she won’t be getting a glowing review from me….