How to prepare for your wedding makeup trial...

Your makeup trial is a ‘preview’ of your wedding day makeup. It is essential to both you and the makeup artist.

For the bride, it’s to help decide how you will be wearing your makeup on the day. For the makeup artist, it is to get to know your skin type, discuss any skin care issues and create the exact look that will be replicated on the wedding morning.

For most brides the makeup trial is a fun and exciting experience but turning up to your trial unprepared can be stressful and sometimes even a waste of time. If you have no idea what you want, then neither does the makeup artist.

So here is some great advice for making sure you get the best from your trial.

Be prepared…

Once you have booked your chosen makeup artist the next step is to start thinking about how you see yourself on the day, for most brides it is the ‘best version of themselves’. The question is, how would you describe the best version of you?

When you come to me for your trial, I will often ask you to give me three words that encapsulate your vision for your wedding makeup, for example it could be radiant, glowing, elegant...

For your makeup artist, it’s important to understand what it is that you want from your wedding makeup. Sure, you may want something specific like a winged liner or a bold red lip, but we need to try to visualise what is in your mind.

Before your trial it is a great idea to look for some inspiration photos, this could be on Pinterest, bridal magazines or even better from your makeup artist’s own portfolio.

You should always be realistic, I cannot tell you how many times a bride has shown me a Pinterest board full of photos of heavy Smokey eye looks but they would never usually wear anything more than a lick of mascara on a night out. It needs to be something that you will feel comfortable wearing on the big day. Yes, you may really like that look, but is it really you?

Sometimes it’s easy to get swept up in the beautiful images of magazine brides and start to forget about your own style. I recommend finding 3-5 images and working out what it is you like about each one. Is it the colours they have used? is it the level of coverage on the skin? is it the dewy glow on her cheeks?

Also, bring some images of your dress, the bridesmaids dresses, the flowers etc. These will all help your makeup artist get a feel for how you are planning your day.

When you arrive at the trial…

We would normally prefer for you to come to your trial with makeup free and moisturised skin. If you are coming straight from work then not to worry, we can clean your face for you.

Your makeup artist will carry out a consultation to get to know you, your skin type and your style. Show them the photos you have prepared and explain what it is you like and dislike.

A good makeup artist will be able to interpret the information you have given and create a look that suits YOU!…suits YOUR skin type, suits YOUR eye shape, suits YOUR colouring…

Once your makeup is finished and we hand you the mirror, be honest. How does it look? How does it feel? Some brides will look in the mirror and love what they see and they don’t want to change a thing. Others may want to try a different lip colour or maybe add a little bit more eyeliner.

If you feel that the whole look is wrong, explain what it is that you do not like about it, how is it different to your visualisation?

Talk to us…do not worry about hurting our feelings. We do this for a living and what we want is to make sure you look and feel great. As hard as we might try, we know we don’t always get it right first time.

The information you have provided should help but unfortunately, we are not mind readers, so if you are not happy please say and give us the chance to adjust it. The key to getting the most from your wedding makeup is knowing what you want and being able to communicate that to your makeup artist.

Afterall, makeup is an art, it’s an interpretation. If you turn up to your trial with a photo of a 20-year-old Keira Knightly and say, ‘this is exactly how I want to look’, then you may be disappointed. Every face is different (unless you are Keira’s identical twin of course).

In addition, to get the most out of your makeup you need a great canvas. Any Makeup Artist will tell you that they can correct colour and conceal but they cannot hide texture.

If you have flaky skin then get an exfoliator, if you have dry or dehydrated skin then you will need a hydrating moisturiser. Your makeup artist will usually discuss your skin care routine at the trial and offer advice on how to best prepare your skin for the wedding. If you have any questions, then do ask.

Finally, listen to your makeup artists suggestions, they will know which colours will make your eyes pop, which products will work best to prevent an oily t-zone or how to add definition to your face. They may suggest something you have never considered, and you could love it.

Until next time...

Jenna xx

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