Updated: Dec 18, 2022
June 12th, 2022
My advice to brides is to always look at your bridal makeup trial like a dress rehearsal. You should be prepared, look the part and have all necessary props as if it was opening night or, in this case, the BIG DAY.
A perfect trial appointment informs the artist on how to create a flawless makeup look that exceeds your expectations and gives you the confidence that he/she will help you to look and feel exactly the way you’ve dreamed of on your wedding day. For these two reasons, I just had to put together a list of my top 10 Tips for a Perfect Makeup Trial.
1. HAVE INSPIRATION PHOTOS Comb Pinterest & Instagram for photos of makeup looks that you are drawn to or are good examples of the look you are envisioning for yourself. Then, bring the photos with you or email them to your makeup artist before your trial. At the beginning of your appointment, go over the photos with your artist. Identify what you like in each photo. Do you like the lip color? OR are you drawn to the blush color and highlight?
2. GO IT ALONE Going alone will help you relax and have fun. Too many opinions or even just one very opinionated sister or mom can turn a fun experience into a stressful and confusing one.
3. ALLOW ENOUGH TIME A bridal trial will take anywhere from 1.5 – 2 hours or even a bit more because it includes a consultation at the start and time for adjustments at the end. Schedule enough time so that you feel relaxed and can truly enjoy the experience.
4. ARRIVE “WEDDING DAY” GROOMED WITH A CLEAN FACE You may find it difficult to see a full face of makeup with the rest of the picture completely undone or unfinished. Come to your appointment with your hair styled. Even better, try to schedule your hair trial on the same day before your makeup trial. Definitely have your eyebrows done and take care of any other unwanted facial hair. If you plan on getting a spray tan for your wedding, get the same spray tan prior to your trial. Doing this will allow the artist to properly color match your foundation. Flawless makeup starts with healthy skin. Consider starting a good skincare routine at least 1 month before your trial (do NOT introduce anything new close to your trial or wedding day). Arrive with a clean face or bring a face wash with you to remove any makeup you were wearing before your appointment.
5. DRESS THE PART Wear a white top with an open neckline. No crewneck shirts or sweaters PLEASE! I always recommend an off-the shoulder top, but you can also wear a white tank top. You can even cut a white t-shirt to mimic the neckline of your dress. Your makeup artist needs to see the skin tone of your neck and chest especially if your wedding gown has an open neckline. It is equally important for you to see how your makeup look will work with an open neckline similar to that of your dress.
6. SPEAK UP Don’t be afraid to speak up. During the consultation, share what you like in the photos you provided. And if you can’t pinpoint exactly what you like, ask your artist what they see in each picture and let them know if those things are details you want incorporated in your look. Tell your artist the things you don’t like too! Draw on past experiences. Were your eyebrows filled in too much the last time you had your makeup professionally done? Do you hate the way pink lipstick looks on you?
7. ASK QUESTIONS This is a solid hour or two you have with your makeup artist. Use this one-on-one time to ask questions about steps you can follow or products you can purchase to get your skin wedding-day ready, get the names of products he/she uses so you can purchase them for “day of” touch ups, and ask any questions you may have about the “day of” schedule and/or experience.
8. BE HONEST Towards the end of your appointment, you will be given the opportunity to see the almost “finished look.” Your artist will ask you what you think and if there is anything you’d like changed. Don’t be afraid to be honest. Makeup is very personal, and your artist will not be offended. By letting your artist know if there are aspects of the look you don’t like, you give them the opportunity to make adjustments so that you leave your appointment 100% satisfied with the final look.
9. SNAP PICS Allow your makeup artist to take lots of pics from every angle in their professional lighting and ask them to send you some. When you go home, have someone take pics of you indoors (with good lighting of course) and outdoors if you’ll be taking pics outside on your big day.
10. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Take note on how your makeup wears throughout the day and send an e-mail to your makeup artist with any of your concerns. Did you get shiny in the t-zone after 3 hours? This feedback will help your artist make the necessary adjustments on your big day. Take any steps your artist recommends getting your skin wedding day ready. You can also download my FREE Pre-Wedding Skincare Guide for Brides.
All of these tips are meant to help you have the best experience in making your wedding day remarkable. Looking and feeling exactly the way you’ve dreamt about on your big day starts with the perfect trial appointment.