June 4, 2015

Makeup Artistry Nightmares

Makeup Artistry Nightmares

I remember my best friend Amy getting her hair done for prom and proceeding to head home and rip everything the hairdresser did out and heading to prom with a big tuff of frizzy hair and tears in her eyes.


Because she hated the 60’s up do that the hairdresser had did. Apparently the hairdresser thought that big giant up swept hair hadn’t gone out of style and looking like Frenchie from Grease was all the rage! “How do I look?” “Like a beautiful blond pineapple!”

I’ve never had a problem with my hairdresser thankfully. I’ve always been very, very specific about how I wanted my hair cut and styled however, I’ve had makeup artists go to town on my face with nightmare results!

I remember when MAC released some new liquid eyeliner and I headed to the counter to check it out. Honestly, I had no thoughts of purchasing it because liquid eyeliner and myself well, we aren’t good friends. I prefer pencil eyeliner but I decided, “Eh, I’ll check it out!”. Of course, I was instantly swarmed around by a makeup artist as soon as I got there and it was one of those, “Did ya want it? Do you want it?” situations. And I kindly declined but she insisted I at LEAST try it on. And I explained I wasn’t terribly good with liquid eyeliner nor was I great at creating winged eye looks so it would prove a pointless purchase for me.

She pressed on and said she’d do a cat eye on me and that she was positive I’d love the liner after seeing it on my eyes.

Well, what a mess.

Performing a winged cat eye on myself is difficult so I imagine it is twice as hard doing it on someone else so I’ll give this makeup artist the benefit of the doubt but damn she made a mess. It was not straight, it was streaky because her hand was shaking a little during application, and I seriously looked like my grandmother had applied my eyeliner. A mess? There are no words for it.

I had to walk with my head down at the mall!

How about you?

Any makeup (or hair) artist nightmares?

Maybe for a big day or a wedding (God forbid!)?

Do share your makeup artistry nightmares!

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  • Heidi

    I’ve never had my makeup done at a department or specialty store before. The ones who try to flag me down for something they usually have so much makeup on it scares me, and I think, no…. I’d rather have a couple blotches peer through than look like I’m wearing a mask.
    I’ve had decent luck with my hair, but one time, when I had it all the way down to my waist and bleached it, I went somewhere to have an inch or two taken off and she took off about 10 inches. She was this very harsh European lady and I was so mad. She said, “it’s damaged; it needed it.” She was right about the damage, but she could have done a deep conditioning treatment and negotiated instead of just chopping!
    Now I have someone who is respectful of it and I’ve even had to ask her to take more off.

  • Dee

    My daughter is getting married and we did a trial run with a makeup artist. We had looked at her website and pictures of her past clients and thought we had picked the perfect person. My daughter told her what she wanted and what colors, but it looked completely opposite of what she asked for.

    When it was my turn I told her exactly what I didn’t want, and she proceeded to put on what I said I didn’t want. We went to the mall afterwards and looked at each other and just started laughing. Her face was so sparkly and her eyelash strips were coming off both eyes. I looked like “mother of a hooker” instead of “mother of the bride.” I have never been so embarrassed. We didn’t realize how bad we looked until we started getting looks, but not in a good way.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh I laughed I’m sorry Dee but that story was funny! lol especially about the eyelash strips!

      • Dee

        We laughed too! We kept saying, “thank goodness we did a trial run!” Can you imagine saying your vows with your eyelashes popping off?

        • Isabella Muse

          LOL! omg! so funny! Your groom would be all shifty eyes trying to avoid contact with your eyes lol!

  • Danielle

    Just before getting married, I went to a high end local salon to have a trial run for having my makeup done for the wedding. The woman talked about all kinds of do’s and don’ts for wedding makeup while I sat in a chair (with no mirror around) and she did her thing.
    When she was done she brought me over to the mirror to look at her wonderful creation.
    Much to my horror, she had blanked out my bearly there eyebrows and penciled in new ones, closely resembling the golden arches.
    I couldn’t get out of there fast enough to get home to my sink to wash it off. 18 years later, my husband still wishes he had taken a photo of me that day in my “clown” makeup.
    Needless to say, I did my own makeup for the wedding….

  • Tracy

    A hairdresser shaved my head because she was having a bad day. Nuff said

  • Tracy

    About 8yrs ago I had to find a new hairdresser because I moved. I had been to her a few times and on this one particular day I had requested a few highlights and an a-line bob. Easy enough right. Now my hair fell right between my shoulder blades so she did the highlights and proceeded to cut my hair all the while I was turned away from the mirror. When she turned me back around I had no hair EXCEPT for a small strip down the center of my head. I literally screamed out loud and immediately began sobbing. You’re probably wondering how could this happen. Well sometimes when you’re sitting there you kind of zone out especially if you’re having multiple things done. Needless to say she didn’t get paid, I didn’t go back and I wouldn’t see another hairdresser for almost 5 years.

    • Isabella Muse

      what!? what was her excuse for doing this!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!! No, no, I’m the same way! I zone out too! I close my eyes sometimes and just relax. It’s nice having someone kinda stroke your hair and clip it, etc! Plus sometimes I don’t wanna make chit chat so I close my eyes in the hope they’ll leave me alone and just do my hair. Why in the world would she do that?! Did you complain to the manager!? You mean she gave you a mohawk!? WTF!

      • Tracy

        Yes I was sporting a mohawk and was not happy about it. When I came home my husband just looked at me and didn’t say a word because he knew better. Unfortunately she didn’t really have a reason. The manager offered for me to come back to “fix it” and I politely said to her “WTF are you going to fix because I have no effing hair”. AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

        • Isabella Muse

          wow just wow. I’d flip out! FLIP OUT!!!!!! omg. Horrible. Where was this!? I need to avoid hahaha!

          • Tracy

            Also just a quick tip. Never let a someone cut your hair mid-breakup. You’ve been warned. But that’s a story for another time 🙂

          • Isabella Muse

            haha tracy yeah I know that one well!!!!!!!

    • Sarah S.

      OMG what a psycho! At that point I’d just be glad the crazy person did not try to kill me with the scizzors…

      • Katherine T.

        OMG, if somebody gave me a mohawk, I would be stabbing THEM with scissors!!!

  • Diana

    I had a wedding to go to, so I made an appointment to get a haircut and blowout. The morning when I went the woman told me she didn’t have time to do a blowout. I tried to tell her to skip the haircut then, but no. She ended up giving me a crappy layered cut–it was like a shelf-and I had to flat-iron my own hair.

  • Pam B

    I’ve left the MAC counter looking like a drag queen more than once. LOL. I don’t know what it is about that counter specifically, but they tend to apply things like they’re trying to cover 5 o’lock shadow. I had foundation packed on so heavily (and I have really good skin that needs minimal coverage) that it was literally sitting on the sides of my nose. I had to go into the mall bathroom & scrape it off with a paper towel.

    I also have had my share of bad haircuts. Most recent was spring 2014 when I went from shoulder length hair which had taken me forever to grow out. I asked for an angled bob but with the length remaining. Even showed her the length I wanted and she nodded. Came out with hair above my ears. It’s just NOW down past my jaw.

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL yup! I don’t wear mac foundations, don’t know my shade, and anytime I have tried to get matched they apply foundation like they are painting a wall which leaves looking orange or muddy! Not cool! Jeez everyone is so scissor happy!

  • Caroline

    On the day of my senior prom, I had an appointment with a hairstylist at a salon where my friend worked as a receptionist. I went in for the appointment and brought photos/magazine clippings of the style I wanted. She took one look and tossed them aside, and then proceeded to put my hair in a ponytail (like I would wear to the gym) and put a TON of hairspray in it so it was super crunchy. She also insulted me and told me my hair was not my best feature!! At some point she stepped away to answer the phone, and I fled the salon. I then went home and washed the crunchiness out of my hair and styled it myself!! LOL

    • Isabella Muse

      jeezzzzzzzzzzzzz! hair stylists are apparently a nightmare lol!

  • C

    I don’t have any major horror stories, but I’ve long since given up on letting SA’s at counters try to match me for foundations. I’m very fair (NC 5/10 or so) and have some surface redness so they always try to put cool toned foundation on me despite me having a neutral undertone and it looks like I’m wearing a pepto bismol mask. 😐 The last counter lady I let touch my face was at Dior and she put the pinkest shade on me that oxidized 3 shades darker than my neck and chest. Yuck.

    • J

      I get similar treatment! Except my skin tends to get sallow if I’m just a tiny bit behind on drinking water so they always match me darker and warmer. I’m neutral-warm and I end up with yellow orange masks that make me look sick. The Bobbi Brown counter matched me with Warm Ivory when I wear Alabaster. And I know that matches because it actually maked my skin look better.

  • Soup

    Had waist length blond, permed and hi-lighted hair. Stylist used 40 vol. on my line of demarcation (only needed a 20) and hi-lift bleach. My HAIR. MELTED. OFF!!! Had to shave it with a #1 guard. To top it off this woman WAS a friend of the family AAAAAAND a Sassoon platform designer. What do I win?

  • Yen

    Oh my, I’ve gone to a Mac counter with a friend once since she wanted to find concealer for her dark circles. She just wanted something close to her skin color, not the bright highlighting type of concealer. She had some applied and I told her not to buy it first and that she had to step outside into the sunlight to see how it looked. Needless to say, her dark under circles were orange on one eye and pasty pale on the other side. I dragged her to a restroom to wipe it all off. Not a hot look.

    In my experience I could never find anyone to cut my front bangs the way I wanted. I wanted them to end right at my eyebrows or have a little eye brow showing is ok. Whenever the hair dresser was done, it was waaaay above my eyebrows. Happens everytime with different places. I always had to wear a headband or pin those bangs back for at least 2-3 weeks. I ended up just trimming my own bangs when they grew out. Now I’m too lazy for the maintenance and just let them grow.

  • Yen

    Haha one time my friend went to sephora in jcpenny to look for a color to match a dark blue dress she had. A makeup artist/SA picked a dark blue color from the urban decay smoked palette and dear lord, she covered my friends eye almost all the way to the brow and no eyeliner. The edges were not blended either so it looked like messy dark blue ovals. she was horrified! I thought frank n furter’s makeup looked way better than she did.

  • Molly

    I have many bad hairdresser stories to tell you, but the worst was a couple years ago when this guy gave me a mullet! Yes, short in the front and long in the back. I went back and told him to cut it off in the back, and he told me that’s what made my short cut “chic and not like a soccer mom.” I personally think that looking like a soccer mom is better than looking like Billy Ray Cyrus.

    On the makeup front, anyone who has ever worked for Mac always wants to draw a crease on my monolid eyes. This always looks like what it is: a dark pencil line in the middle of my eyelid Also, at least 75% of makeup artists who are not Asian want to make me look like a geisha (blue eyeshadow, black cat eye liner, red lips, lots of blush). I’m not sure why looking like a Japanese harlot would be appealing to anyone who was not dressing up for Halloween (even if I were actually Japanese).

    Also, the last lady who waxed my eyebrows gave me two beautiful upside-down V’s instead of arches. I looked like Batman at the wedding I was going to. I insisted I not be included in any pictures.

    • Molly

      *The makeup artists actually say to me “You look like a geisha!” after they are done. Why can’t they just let me buy my eyeliner and leave?

  • S

    All these stories make me want to just do my own makeup and hair if I decide to get married!

  • Steph

    Well, it took me two years to grown my bob out to just about boob length….went in for a trim after a bleach sesh and (against my better judgement) went to a cheap place to please my husband….needless to say, it didn’t end well and it gave me a sick sense of satisfaction to see the horror in hubby’s eyes when I got home with no hair……I’ve been happily paying $50+ for a trim 4x a year ever since and not a word from cheapskate over here lmao! As for makeup, I will chime in with the MAC ‘artist’ hate lol and tell you the sad tale of “the girl with an orange face and white neck” or the story of “the artist who was too lazy to apply foundation ALL over my face or bother with concealer” *sigh* seriously, this happens all the time, wtf is up with them not taking off your makeup before color matching????? But I think having to apply your own DAMNED concealer bc you have dark circles with beat face looks crazy takes the frigggin cake, like, how would you like to walk around like this, beyatch????? Lol

  • Katherine T.

    *1st Horror Story- I went into a salon looking for trim and bob. The stylist completely ignored my request and gave me a mullet with a ducktail in the back. I was so shocked, I couldn’t even say anything, but when I got home, I was crying and hopping mad.
    *2nd Horror Story- In my 20’s, I was bridesmaid in a wedding, and the bride insisted that we all use a family friend to do our hair because she was suppose to be good. The day of the wedding, all 6 of us went to her salon, and she did our hair. Was a total disaster. She gave us these really old-fashioned, beehive type hairstyles, and used a ton of hairspray. We all ran to my house and frantically used brushes, curling irons, combs, clippies etc to fix our hair before the photographer showed up. It’s funny now, but wasn’t so funny back then.
    *3rd Horror Story- my best friend was getting married and I was her matron of honor. She had picked this makeup/hairstylist. After the MUA did a test run, I had my doubts. She kept insisting that my friend wear fake eyelashes even though my friend has allergies/watery eyes. Afterwards, we found out the foundation was mismatched, and her fake eyelashes were falling off within 10 minutes of application. But my friend had prepaid her, so too late to cancel. After I said something, the MUA skipped the falsies and corrected the foundation color. But on the day of the wedding, the MUA showed up almost 1 hour late and never even apologized! My poor friend/bride was beside herself. And the MUA ran so late that I ended up doing my own hair!

  • Kimmwc03

    Luckily, my wedding makeup and hair turned out great even though I did not consult with them in advance.

    I did get insulted at a salon once by a male hair dresser and never want another male hair dresser again.

    MAC also color-matched me to a cool foundation (more than once) even though everyone else has always matched me as neutral. The makeovers at Sephora have never turned out that great for me either; they always try to attack my tightline and waterline even though I tell them I have sensitive eyes. I prefer to do my own lining with my own liners.

  • Gillie

    I don’t think I could possibly beat Tracy or Soup, but I’ve had my share of bad haircuts, too.

    I guess it serves me right for going to a chain, but I was poor, and had spent my entire paycheck a few months before to get “caramel highlights” which looked no different than my regular hair. I was thinking that, if I’m likely to get bad service at the hair salon, I might as well not pay through the nose for it.

    I started out with one length hair, somewhere between my shoulder blades. The woman talked to herself throughout the entire haircut, and seemed really nervous. She would section the hair, take a few snips, and then resection everything, which I thought was kind of weird. At the end, she did some scrunching, and then said “ok, that’s it.” I remember that part because I thought it was a really weird way to end a haircut. My hair was really poofy, but didn’t look awful, so I headed up to pay. The receptionist must have been watching the haircut, because she asked if I wanted a manager to come check it before I left. I hadn’t realized, at that point, what had been done in the back, so I said it was fine, paid and left.

    I figured out what the receptionist had seen when I washed my hair the next day. My wavy/curly hair hid the fact that the stylist had cut the top layer of my hair in a straight line across the back, from the top of one ear to the top of the other. The rest of my hair was just about chin length. I had a mushroom mullet! It looked OK when it was curly because you couldn’t see the weird length differences – it just looked like it had volume. I couldn’t wear it straight, though! I spent about a year blending the two layers until everything was chin length.

    I did enough weird stuff to my hair when I was young. I didn’t need a hairdresser doing weird stuff to me without my OK!

    • Lisa

      Wow, that’s awful. It sounds like she was new, and probably not used to cutting curly hair. It’s nice that the receptionist tried to help and see if it could be fixed for you, without you even complaining. I guess the moral of the story is, if you see misgivings on the faces of anyone at a salon while getting your hair done, be afraid. Be very afraid.