REPOST // The big questions – No. 4: What exactly happens at a bridal makeup trial?

Today’s big question concerns the bridal makeup trial, and what exactly is involved.  Usually held approximately 6 weeks before your wedding day, the makeup trial is a chance to try out different styles that complement your wedding gown, colour scheme and theme.  They also serve as an opportunity for a makeup artist to analyse the condition of the skin, and advise on ways to make sure it’s in tip top condition before the big day.  But what exactly happens during the makeup trial?  Here is a brief outline of how I like to approach the trial.

1. Firstly, hello!  This is the first time we would have met after corresponding via email, facebook or over the phone.  I like to see how you’re getting on with the planning stage, and if there is any assistance I can provide or any supplier recommendations you need.

2. Ok, let’s get down to business.  For initial inspiration I like to see any images of your wedding gown, flowers or general colour themes.  That way I can start to piece together a look that will complement all of these elements and (most importantly) something that will suit you and your gorgeous features.

3. I will then talk through the general outline of a makeup design I think will work, and if you’re happy with everything I’ve said then we begin!  The makeup trial usually takes around an hour.  As I work I will be getting to know your skin and how it responds to certain products.  It is at this point I can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and provide advise on how to get the most out of your skincare regime.

4. After completing your initial look I will get you to have a look in my portable mirror (which you can then walk around the room with in different lights) to see if there is anything you want to add or change.  It is at this point I fully encourage my bridal clients to really voice their opinions, even if they hate it!  That way we can work together to build the perfect bespoke makeup design.  If there are only minor changes such as more blusher, or a little less foundation then it all goes down in my diary to remember for the big day.  Any major changes we correct together at the trial, so that you’re not worried about anything before the wedding.

Heloise and her very New Forest wedding

When Heloise sent me a quick message to ask if I was free to do her bridal makeup the name looked very familiar.  In fact I just done her sister’s wedding not long before, so I was utterly delighted to be returning back to this wonderful family in the New Forest to do little sister Heloise’s wedding!

Heloise’s makeup brief was the stuff of dreams – ‘pink, girlie and bold’ which are of course my most favourite words in the English dictionary!  I was more than happy to oblige and provide Heloise with those striking eyes she was after for her wedding day.  I built the pink smokey eye up gently using Urban Decay’s naked 3 palette – focusing on blending well and making sure there were no harsh lines.  I then lined the eyes using a brown/black kohl and popped on a couple of medium set false eyelashes.  I then filled Heloise’s brows in naturally and created a flawless base with foundation.  Next I applied a peach/rose tinted blusher and highlighted x

Photography – Lemontree Photography