Bridal Makeup Trial – 7 ways to get the best experience.

How to prepare for your bridal makeup trial.

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Bridal makeup trial and how it translates to the wedding day

Here are some handy tips for brides to consider when booking a bridal makeup consultation & trial. 

What is the difference between a consultation and bridal makeup trial? 


Your bridal makeup appointment will last approximately two hours and the consultation and trial are normally done at the same appointment. 


The Consultation


All of your makeup requirements will be discussed, you and your artist will look at any inspiration you may have. This is also a good time to go through your wedding day timings and put together the running times of the morning. 


The Trial


This is the full run-through of your wedding day makeup, the artist will apply the makeup in the way they think you want to look. It may be perfect on the first go but with your guidance, changes can be made and eyelashes applied if required. You shouldn’t leave disheartened so please voice any concerns if you are not 100% happy. Makeup artists are perfectionists and people pleasers so we want you to love everything about your experience. We want you to tell us if something isn’t right.

If you can book your hair and makeup on the same day it is helpful seeing your bridal beauty look come together. I recommend booking early with your makeup artist and hairstylist and hopefully if the dates work you can be accommodated on the same trial day.

Find a Look that is You

Before social media was huge, brides used to ‘scrapbook’ makeup and hair looks from magazines which were so cute. Now life is so much easier with Pinterest if you haven’t discovered the rabbit hole of inspiration you should take a look! It’s easy to make mood-boards of the different aspects of your wedding so it’s always handy to bring along any inspiration you have. whether it’s a makeup board of one picture or 20 it doesn’t matter. It helps your artist visualise your bridal look a get a feel of the day. We love to see photos of your wedding dress, colour scheme, bridesmaid dresses, hairstyle at your bridal makeup trial.

Get inspired

Wedding blogs are great for inspiration!

If you haven’t already, take a look at the following popular wedding blogs:

Free-spirited & Bohemian Brides

Festival Brides

More classic and romantic brides

Love My Dress

Alternative and quirky

Rock N Roll Bride

Beauty Treatments

Are you thinking of glamming up by having a spray tan or semi-permanent lashes? When it comes to your skin colour after having a spray tan, I can always colour match your colour if it changes by the wedding day. However, it’s going to be helpful for you to see how the makeup looks on the skin tone you plan to have on the wedding day. For example in the winter my skin is fair and my natural undertones are pink (cool), but when I have a tan-especially a fake tan, they change to yellow (warm). This will have an effect on the overall finished makeup look.

Semi-permanent lashes are never an issue if that’s the type of lash you like. I do provide the option of strip or individual lash that you can try at your trial. I will say that things can get a little tricky when it comes to LVL Lash Lifts. It a treatment that looks great on natural lashes but if you are a bride that wants the fullness of a strip lash/individual lash set. It is hard to apply the false lashes once the natural lash has had a lash lift. (if you are unsure about this we can discuss it at your trial or prior).

What should you wear?

It’s important to think about what style of top you choose to wear for your makeup trial. Imagine trying to envisage your soft and romantic bridal makeup look with a neon hoodie! Pretty distracting right? Opt for a Neutral top. It doesn’t have to be ivory but just as long as the colour is soft it won’t be too distracting and will complement the makeup. You will really get to feel it coming together especially if you are able to style your hair similar to how you plan to dress it on the wedding day.

Who will you bring?

Who are you bringing with you to the trial? It goes without saying that you want someone there that you know will be supportive, give kind and honest opinions and who will enjoy the experience. If any members of your bridal party are also having a trial the above info also applies to them as well. Obviously they are there to feel and look beautiful but most importantly to compliment you, the bride. Not overshadow you.

What is your vibe?

If there is a specific way you like your makeup done really sharp bold eyeliner? Or products that you couldn’t live without?  Feel free to come wearing that part of your makeup so the artist can see how you like it to be done. Bring products that you love using if you want to include it in your wedding makeup or a colour that you love or I may have something in my makeup armour that is comparable.

I know it’s exciting when you get things booked in but there is no need to rush booking your consultation in, especially if it’s a year or more until you get married.

However if having your makeup applied by a stranger makes you feel anxious you should request an early trial to put your mind at ease and then book another ‘refresher’ trial closer to the wedding date.

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Alternative bridal makeup trial
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Helen's final look on the wedding day.