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All you need to know about your make up trial

Updated: Feb 5, 2023

What is a bridal trial, and do I really need one?

The simple answer is yes you do really need one and the reason I say this is because you wouldn’t get married with only trying your dress on once, and it should be the same for your makeup. A trial run is more than just a practice run. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know your artist’s personality to make sure that you click. To also find out their skill level, and to determine if they are the right fit for you. You want to be comfortable and at ease with them and make sure they can create your desired makeup look.

How to make the most of the trial.

Your makeup trial is the perfect opportunity toensure that you and the makeup artist or stylist are on the same page. When describing looks, especially details like colours, things can get lost in translation. I therefore advise all my brides to come to the trial with some pictures of makeuplooks that they would wear. These can be imagesof celebrities, your friends or that classic image that always pops up when you search “bridal makeup” on google. I would also recommend having images of your dress, your bridesmaids’dresses and your colour scheme so your artist can tailor the look to suit your day. All these images are useful, and they are great ways of communicating your thoughts to your artist.

Trials are also a great way to test the durability of the look that you want. I would recommend booking your trial in the morning of a busy day to mimic how your skin or hair will act on your special day. I would also advise that you have your hair trial on the same day and recommend wearing a top or dress with a similar neckline to your wedding dress this will therefore allow you to see your look as a whole and will be able to get a good idea as to how you will look on the day.

The trial will also help you plan your wedding day, you and the artist will be able to discuss how much time they will need to get you and your wedding party done. Going through the trial will give you the opportunity to test all of the products that will be on your skin the day of your wedding and ensure you will not have any negative reactions.

I would also advise to turn up to the appointment with a clean face as the makeup artist will normally do skin preparation before your make up application and a clean face will make the appointment run more smoothly.

Does the wedding party need a makeup trial?

This is completely up to your wedding party, some of your bridesmaid’s may not wear makeup often,and would like a trial to see how they feel. I often find that the mother of the bride and groom tend to have trials to make sure that the makeup suits their skin and I also think they enjoy being part of the experience with you. It’s a nice bonding experience to have together and you can also get feedback from each other on the look and work out if something needs adjusting to suit the day.

How many trials should I have?

This is totally up to you. You should have a trial with every makeup artist or stylist you are interested in working with and go from there. Once you have found the makeup artist or stylist you would like to work with, one trial is probably enough. If you end up finding a different look you are interested in you should get together for another trial. If you decide you just want to change something simple like your lip colour a trial is not needed for that, and I would recommend trying different shades during your trial as this is what they are for.

When should I book my trial?

A few months before your big day should be a good time to book your trial as the look will still be fresh in your head as well as your artists.

Latest trends

The bridal look requests I have received this year seem to be focused far more on enhancing natural beauty then covering up. I am seeing brides opt for glowing, glass looking skin with a simple eye look and cluster lashes. Nude and pink lip shades are an all-time favourite for my brides however, my matte lipsticks have been put to one side as my brides seem to prefer satin finish as this gives the lips a dewy look without feeling sticky.

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