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Wedding Makeup Trial Tips

A step-by-step guide to getting the most from your wedding makeup trial.

When it comes to finding the perfect look for your wedding day, websites such as Pinterest and Instagram are packed full of inspirational visually appealing posts, whilst there is an abundance of bridal magazines to choose from. Once you have scoured the internet and magazines for what sort of bridal makeup look you want to achieve, the next step is to schedule your trial run.

Research local makeup artists

Make a list of all the local makeup artists that are available to you. You will need to look at their portfolio to get an idea of their style and whether it’s a good fit for the makeup look you’re going for. Ideally, you should choose your makeup artist based on your preferred style of wedding makeup and not the other way around where they choose your makeup based on their preferred style.

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 When researching local makeup artists, you should also be making a note of their costs and requirements, as well as what makeup they use. Their makeup portfolio might look amazing but make sure that they are experienced with bridal makeup techniques. Models don’t tend to cry in their makeup, but brides often do… Experienced bridal makeup artists are aware of this, and tend to use a good waterproof mascara and eyeliner!

Consult a few wedding makeup artists in your area. Don’t just go with the first one you find!

Ideally, if your budget allows, you could even schedule a makeup trial with each of your top MUA picks, so that you can get a feel for how each one works and base your final choice on personal chemistry as well as the final look they are able to accomplish. Having someone that you don’t get along with, and just makes you stress out on your big day, isn’t worth the frustration - even if they are extremely talented as a makeup artist.

Prepare for the trial

Don’t think you need to do anything to prepare for the makeup trial? After all, it’s just a trial run… This is a common mistake for many brides-to-be and one that can be easily prevented.

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 Obviously, you don’t want to be wearing your wedding dress to your makeup trial… But you can wear a white top on the day of your trial so that you can see in headshots how the makeup looks with the white. Ideally, if you’re wearing an off-the-shoulder dress then go with an off-the-shoulder top. Strappy dress? White vest top. And so on, and so on. Anything that somewhat resembles your wedding dress, to save you from any mishaps or inconveniences that may result from you actually wearing the dress on makeup trial day.

Ask your makeup artist before the trial and after whether they have any recommendations for (or even provide themselves) any other treatments for the preparation of the wedding.

Be open-minded

This is why makeup trials are so important. On other people, something might look stunning, but on you, it might not be how you pictured it to be when you first saw the look on Pinterest. It could be the colour or the contour - not everyone’s facial structures and colourings are the same!

Furthermore, the makeup might even feel too heavy and uncomfortable than what you are used to! Being comfortable in the makeup you wear will give you confidence. If you’re not used to heavy mascara and false lashes, they might be too distracting on your big day and make you feel more self-conscious causing you stress and discomfort. The solution for this is to either prepare yourself by wearing falsies every day leading up to the wedding so that you can get used to them, or by experimenting with different, more comfortable ways of achieving a similar look.

Trials allow you to experiment. Make the most of them!

Take trial photos

Make sure that the makeup photographs well. Experiment with and without flash, in different lighting both indoors and outdoors. Don’t put all your trust in a well-positioned mirror in your makeup artist’s salon to assess the finished look. If you’re using your phone to take photos of the look, make sure to turn the beauty filter off so you can get a better idea of how your makeup looks #nofilter.

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