Preparing for your bridal/bridesmaid makeup trial…

It’s really important to take some time before your bridal makeup trial, to prepare yourself before your makeup artist arrives.  Simple things like wearing a white or ivory top, having a mood board of images or even just thoroughly cleansing the face all helps to make the trial flow for both parties.  It’s also good to bear in mind that a makeup artist is just that – an artist.  So you will have an expert using and applying a certain degree of product to the skin – perhaps more so than you are ordinarily used to.  Don’t be alarmed though, it’s universal knowledge in the make artistry world that the ‘natural flawless’ look actually takes more patience and accuracy than most designs.

What I would say about mood boards, or pin boards, is to be careful with what you are choosing and what you wish to show & describe to your wedding makeup artist.  Quite often I get shown a very strong editorial shot and get told to recreate that exact look – only for the bride to feel quite overdone and not themselves.  Which is totally not what I or the client wants.  So try and find images with ‘real’ brides and not an editorial shot from a bridal magazine as an example.

Wearing a light, ivory, champagne or just as close a match to your wedding dress colour as possible is a must for your bridal makeup trial.  It will show you how the makeup balances that difficult hue, working for both photographic images and real life close up.  Also you have to imagine how your hair, accessories and dress with all combine together to create that finished look – something which is very hard to imagine when in jeans and a t-shirt! x

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