Bridal Makeup Trial – 7 ways to get the best experience.

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How to prepare for your bridal makeup trial.

Here are some handy tips for brides to consider when booking a bridal makeup consultation & trial. 

What is the difference between a consultation and trial? 

Your bridal makeup appointment will last approximately two hours and the consultation and trial are normally done at the same appointment. 

The Consultation

All of your makeup requirements will be discussed, you and your artist will look at any inspiration you may have. This is also a good time to go through your wedding day timings and put together the running times of the morning. 

The Trial

This is the full run-through of your wedding day makeup, the artist will apply the makeup in the way they think you want to look. It may be perfect on the first go but with your guidance, changes can be made and eyelashes applied if required. You shouldn’t leave disheartened so please voice any concerns if you are not 100% happy. Makeup artists are perfectionists and people pleasers so we want you to love everything about your experience. We want you to tell us if something isn’t right.

If you can book your hair and makeup on the same day it is helpful seeing your bridal beauty look come together. I recommend booking early with your makeup artist and hairstylist and hopefully if the dates work you can be accommodated on the same trial day.

Before social media brides used to ‘scrapbook’ makeup and hair looks from magazines (some still do) which was so cute. Now life is so much easier with Pinterest if you haven’t discovered the rabbit hole of inspiration you should take a look! It’s easy to make virtual mood boards of the different aspects of your wedding.

It’s a good idea to bring along any inspiration you have to your bridal makeup trial. whether it’s one picture on your phone or 20 on a Pinterest board it doesn’t matter. It helps your artist visualise your bridal look a get a ‘feel’ of the day. They will also love to see photos of your wedding dress, colour scheme, bridesmaid dresses, hairstyle etc. 

Wedding blogs are also great for inspiration! 

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Spray tan and Lashes

If you choose to have a spray tan it’s your prerogative and it shouldn’t be an issue for your makeup artist. They can always match your skin colour if it changes by the wedding day from spray tan or natural tan. It’s going to be helpful for you to see how the makeup looks on the skin tone you plan to have on the wedding day. If you think you may have a spray tan on the wedding day, book in a tan before your bridal makeup trial.

For example, in the winter my natural undertones are pink (cool undertones), but when I have a tan-especially fake tan, they change to yellow (warm undertones). Depending on what tone your skin is will have an effect on the overall finished makeup look. 

Do you love eyelashes? If you do and always wear them, you could bring the style you like to be sure the makeup artist has something comparable and if not they could source them. If you don’t like ‘the lash look’ please be open minded. It’s a great idea to see your finished makeup look with mascara and then a few natural cluster lashes can be added to give subtle definition. I think a few additional lashes can be the icing on top of the cake. I promise you will be converted!

What to wear at your bridal makeup trial

Think about what style of top you choose to wear. Imagine trying to envisage your soft and romantic makeup look with a neon hoodie! Pretty distracting right? Opt for a Neutral top. It doesn’t have to be ivory but just as long as the colour is soft it won’t be distracting. You will really get to feel it coming together. 

Who are you bringing with you?

Who are you bringing with you to the trial? It goes without saying that you want someone there that you know will be supportive, give kind and honest opinions and who will enjoy the experience as well. If any members of your bridal party are also having a trial the above info applies to them as well. Obviously, they are there to feel and look beautiful too but most importantly their makeup should complement you, the bride. Not overshadow you. 

Personal makeup style

If there is a specific way you like your makeup done? Really sharp bold eyeliner? Or do you have products that you couldn’t live without?  Feel free to come wearing that part of your makeup so the artist can see how you like it to be done. Bring products that you love using if you want to include them in your wedding makeup. You may have an eyeshadow or lip colour you adore and want something similar to be applied in your bridal makeup.

When to book your bridal makeup trial?

I know it’s exciting when you get things booked with your wedding suppliers in but there is no need to rush booking your consultation and trial in. Especially if it’s a year or more until you get married. 

However, if having your makeup applied by a stranger makes you feel anxious you should request an early trial to put your mind at ease and then book another ‘refresher’ trial closer to the wedding date. 

I hope this has been helpful and you now know what to expect from your bridal makeup trial!