So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty..what can you expect from your bridal makeup trial and how do you come best prepared?
For me, there’s more to being a makeup artist than pushing my ‘artistic flare’ onto you! That’s fabulous for an editorial or themed shoot but this is YOUR wedding day and YOUR face! I believe the combination of my skills and advice, plus your input into the look you desire, will create a look that you’ll truly adore for not only your wedding day, but for years to come!
When booking your trial for your wedding makeup, take a few things into consideration:
The Makeup Artists Style:
Research your MUA’s and contact the artists you feel identify with your style of makeup, showcasing a portfolio of work of looks you’d desire to have and can see yourself in for your big day. Obviously, budget plays a part for most, so be sure to send off all the below information which will help you narrow down your choice depending on what factors are important to you – simply contact them to check:
- Their availability.
- Pricing…..emailing the following information:
- Where you’ll be based the morning of the wedding for makeup application.
- The number of people for makeup.
- What time you’d like everyone ready by.
- Then book in for trial as soon as you can.
A trial for the bride is a must. I personally don’t take a booking without letting my clients know we must meet for a trial before the wedding and then to pre-book a date for trialling. Not only will you get your look pinned down but it’s important to meet the person who you will be sharing your family/friend space with on the morning of your wedding!
These days makeup is such a HUGE industry and great makeup artists book up anything from 12-18 months in advance of certain dates/times of year. Most will not pencil your date into their schedules without securing the date with a deposit. From my own point of view, it means I know a client is serious and it ensures they have my time booked exclusively for their wedding morning. If you’re confident and have read or heard great things about your makeup artist and love their portfolio of work, then feel free to secure the date there and then. A trial nearer the wedding date is then feasible as you’ve the date fully secured (have a date penciled in no later than 3 months prior to the big day)
What ‘look’ YOU’D like.
More than likely you’ll book a makeup artist who specialises in bridal and photographic makeup, so chances are you’ll not have met before. Unfortunately, we are not mind readers (well most of the time), so I recommend that all my clients bring some pictures or images of inspiration with them. You may love a lip colour in one image, and an eye makeup in another, so feel free to bring a collage. Pinterest, magazines, screen shots from google are all fabulous places to source inspiration! I find it helpful to see a picture of you in a makeup you’ve loved before or simply arrive in a makeup you’re most comfortable in! This isn’t to mimic that makeup necessarily, but to get a feel for what extent you like your makeup applied as everyone has different taste and descriptions. I also tend to ask lots of questions at the beginning of our consultation, helping me delve further into what you really like…or more to the point, what you don’t like. For example, ‘what do you not like..what colour’s if any do you never wear?’ ‘Do you wear a liner – black or brown?’ and so on…
What are YOU comfortable in?
Many girls come to me and think they have to go super-natural for their wedding day makeup, but that’s simply silly! You want to look YOUR best self right? So why go natural if you like wearing makeup, and love glamorous eyes? The basis of what I do is to make you feel and look YOUR most FABULOUS!!! So if you’re into a super-natural sexy skin look, or if you prefer ‘barely there’ brows, we will rock that…if you LOVE big lashes and a smoldering eye, GO FOR IT! If it’s something in between, then together, we’ll create the look that makes you look your most fabulous! No matter what your style/look is, the idea is to take the feature(s) you love, and simply tweak them to stand out in a style and fashion that you can’t help but smile at when you see yourself in the mirror! A big natural smile is the best makeup anyone can wear, so by creating a beautiful makeup look YOU LOVE, you’ll be beaming from ear to ear all day and night long!
Your Bridal Party/Mother of the Bride…
Your makeup artist should go through everything from your hair and makeup, to your dresses, flower colours and what your bridesmaids and mother of the bride are wearing giving a great grasp and overview of the overall look and feel you’re planning for your big day. If someone has allergies to makeup and perhaps can’t wear particular products, be sure to let your makeup artist know. It’s perfectly fine for people to use their own foundations or mascara if they have a preferred type, maybe even for medical reasons (or it simply suits their skin better as they’ve tried everything else under the sun) Your makeup artist won’t carry every product or brand under the sun, but just be sure to let him/her know and they’ll be more than happy to apply your preference in that event. Most brides are happy to go with the flow and let their bridesmaids and mum decide what they feel comfortable in makeup-wise on the day. If however, you have a look for them, simply let your makeup artist know to avoid any confusion. It means your bridal party know ahead of time your desired look for them, and avoids any awkward conversations the morning of your wedding especially if you have someone who has different taste to what you’d like on the morning!
Come prepared to your trial!
So all that said, here are some small tips on being prepared for your trial:
- Bring pictures of inspiration.
- Have a good chat about your look, and what you’d like for your bridal party.
- Arrive wearing a makeup look you are comfortable in.
- *Wear a pale or light coloured top, for reflective purposes.
*Why wear a pale or light coloured top? It’s pretty hard to imagine and envisage your bridal look if you arrive in a hoodie – I love a good cosy hoodie myself, but for your bridal trial, wear something dressy/cas in a top, and preferably light in colour as it will reflect the day light onto your face, similar to that of your dress which in most cases are pale coloured.
For the best makeup applications and trial results:
- Have your brows groomed.
- Wear tan if you think you’ll have tan on, on your wedding day.
- If you can, book your hair trial for the same day..there’s truly no better way of getting a great overview of what you’ll look like on your wedding day! Be sure to organise and pre-book to ensure you have everyone in place if you wish to book all your trials for the same day!
- Expect to get great advice and tips on how to achieve an excellent skincare base/routine, that you can carry out yourself from the comfort of your own home, plus tips on DIY treatments you can take advantage off pre-wedding.
- Makeup application will be somewhat different to what you wear normally on a day-to-day basis – that’s why you’ve hired a makeup artist after all! So bear in mind, this application must be durable and long wearing AND look fantastic in pictures! Hence a little more will be added in all the right places giving you that flawless look without the heavy makeup feeling. Whether that be more natural or glamorous in look, with the right amount of TLC and skill from your makeup artist, your makeup should feel as light as a feather yet tick all your boxes for your style and taste!
Bare in mind also, that this is a trial – nothing is set in stone, and small alterations can be made the morning of the wedding! This is why you have a trial! Do not be afraid to tell your makeup artist if you want more/less of something e.g. liner|blush etc. You will not insult them! Trust me on this! If anything you’ll perfect your look and walk away knowing you have one less thing to worry about. Sometimes it’s simply the slight additional blending of a brush or small pop of colour to the cheeks, that completes the look and makes YOU look your most radiant!
Finally, skincare – I can’t recommend how highly I value the client that has a good skin routine – after all, a good skin routine will mean well-maintained skin! Bare in mind, that doesn’t necessarily mean buying expensive products or having facials every week. A simple, cleanse, tone and moisturise twice daily will do the trick. I’m a big advocate of exfoliating also – once or twice a week (if you’ve had a big weekend) will cleanse away all those pesky dead skin cells that build up causing clogging pores, and makeup to cake! Your moisturiser will absorb more effectively, as your skin gets that hit of hydration right away. It hasn’t to contend with the build up of dead skin blocking its way…makes total sense!!
Any finally…DRINK LOTS OF WATER…Stay tuned for a post devoted to skin care…COMING SOON …
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Disclaimer: If you suffer from any medical skin conditions then consult your doctor on skincare and what makeup product best suit your condition. The above is information that covers most skin types so please bear this in mind.