How to Have A Successful Bridal Makeup Trial

Planning your makeup trial can be tricky – here are some tips to guide you through the process.

  1. Find a Professional that has a portfolio with looks similar to how you envision yourself on your wedding day. Professional makeup artists can deliver pretty much any look you ask of them, however, some may have a specialty. For me, my niche is Soft Glam. I love creating looks that focus around fresh skin with beautiful eyes and lashes.

  2. Come with some ideas of what you do like and what you don’t like. Having pictures will allow your artist to see a general idea of what you’re looking for. Sometimes, we get so focused on what we do like about it that we forget what we don’t like. Maybe your inspiration photo has some heavy eyeliner, but thats not really your jam – that’s ok! Your professional should help you pinpoint why you were drawn to it and create a look that suites your needs.

  3. Be Honest. If there is something you want to tweak or change, speak up! You will not hurt anyones feelings. Remember, your artist is there to help you bring together the vision you have of yourself on your wedding day. It’s common to tweak some things, like lip color or the smokiness of your shadow. Thats what trials are for!

  4. Communicate your concerns. Maybe you’re worried that your foundation won’t stay on all day, or that your Maid of Honor has a sensitivity to certain ingredients in cosmetics – tell your artist! Whether it be in person at your trial or via email beforehand, communication is always key!

  5. Have realistic expectations. We live in an age where everything on Social Media is photoshopped. Real people have pores, pimples, and under eye bags. While discoloration can be corrected, texture can not. Remember, we are aiming for the best version of YOU!

  6. Report back with any feedback. Try to leave your trial makeup on for as long as you can to see how it wears! Take some pictures in different settings, with flash and no flash. If you notice anything off, send a quick email or call your artist!

Now go book your trial!


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