Gasp. I know. What crazy girl would want to cancel Shirley Wu for her wedding?! “But she’s supposed to the best!?” “Girls would kill for that appointment!”
True, perhaps. But I’ve recently had a major change of heart about my MUA and here’s why:
1. Looking back at my trial pictures, I realized that I never really loved how it looked. Granted, I wasn’t wearing the jewelry and traditional Pakistani garb which would help me to envision the whole look, but even still I remember not completely loving the way my face looked. I thought my eyebrows were too pointy, and my eyelashes too heavy. Here’s a couple of pics from my trial with Shirley last year:
Now, I know that overall the makeup looks pretty good, but I’ve realized that makeup is a very subjective, personal thing, and I now realize that I didn’t love it. I think I got caught up in the hype of Shirley Wu and just booked her because she was so coveted. I know some girls may be saying well you could just tell her to tweak the things you don’t like…which brings me to my second point.
2. I feel like its impossible to get a hold of her. Don’t get me wrong when I went for my trial with Shirley, I loved her personality!!! She’s SO instantly warm, so comforting she’s a professional and makes you feel taken care of. But her front desk doesn’t exactly make you feel that way. I’ve called a few times and left a few messages as I just want to be able to talk to Shirley – myself – but because she is so big, and there is a machine around her, you’re never let through. I didn’t want to tell her my desired tweaks on the day of my wedding, I wanted to be able to talk about them now. What really made me realize this was the other day when I was in MAC looking for fake eyelashes for the wedding and the MUA there was like: “can I ask you something though? Why are YOU the one looking for eyelashes? Your MUA should be doing that for you.” Which made me think yes you’re so right…but it’s seemingly impossible to even talk to mine!
Finally, the third point that has lead to my decision to cancel Shirley is:
3. She won’t travel. (At least she won’t on the long weekend because she has back-to-back brides booked). Originally I thought I was fine with this. Now that its closer to the date I realize that getting ready from 3:30 – 5:30 pm in Mississauga on the Friday of a long weekend and then having to travel to Vaughn which would be a guaranteed two hours stuck in traffic on my wedding day was never a good idea. Why I thought this was reasonable when I booked Shirley? I don’t know; again probably the hype. But now, I’ve booked a hotel suite 2 min away from the banquet hall where my bridal party can come get ready, we can all be ready by 4, take pictures outside on the cute grounds at Paradise and then wait for the baraat (Groom’s party to arrive) without the stress of travel in the heat of August.
I’m feeling really good about my decision, but now fingers crossed that I actually find a makeup artist’s whose work I fall in love with – on my face.
There are three contenders for MUAs – Gargi Patel; Xpressions and Kavita Suri – and I’m potentially doing trials with all 3 next week! Will do full reviews of each and let you know who I decide to go with and why! (And yes they all travel!)
Wish me luck!
Anyone else have stories, tips, opinions, advice about wedding day makeup?!