Bridal Guide to Wedding Makeup Trial

“Practice makes perfect” – an adage that holds true in achieving the perfect look for your wedding day. Your wedding makeup trial should be regarded with equal importance as your ocular visit to your wedding venue. Your wedding makeup trial is as important as taking a taste test of the dishes in your menu and your wedding cake, and checking out the decor design of your wedding venue.

So book a trial with your makeup artist within the month of your wedding (or even sooner) because the last thing you want is getting anxious about the outcome of your makeup on the very day of your wedding. To guide you on your makeup trial experience, here is a list of reasons why a makeup trial is a must, as well as some tips on how to prepare for it.


1.   Settle the details of your look – A very good reason to have a makeup trial is to take some time in sorting out your makeup details, such as identifying exactly which products work best on your skin and will help you achieve the look that you want. Your trial will also give you a good idea how much is needed of each product. Plus, it’s the perfect time to discuss with your makeup artist or MUA exactly how much eye makeup you’d like, whether or not to leave your lips pale, or how you want your hair done to best complement your makeup, dress, and accessories. When you really think about it, there are a lot of details to go over.

2.   Have an assurance – Another advantage of having a makeup trial is that it gives you an assurance that the look you’re envisioning for yourself for your wedding day can be achieved. The trial gives your MUA the chance to interpret how you see yourself on your wedding day and let’s you assess if whether or not you are happy with his or her work. It is a practice that any MUA no matter how experienced and skilled will need to have confidence in working on your look. A makeup trial will spare you the time of figuring it out on the actual day and getting worried that it might fail.

3.   Have clean dry hair and clean face – Many makeup artists prefer their brides to come in for the trial with clean dry hair to avoid product build up. You don’t want your head to get messy while your MUA tries out certain twists and turns using products on your hair to get the hairstyle that you want. Clean and dry hair is also easier to work with and to manage in styling, so make sure to wash and condition your hair hours before going to the salon.


4.   Bring your hair accessories – Whatever it is you’re wearing on your wedding such as a veil, a tiara, or any other accessory; you must bring it with you on your trial. This way your MUA will know how to style your hair with it and you will also see a complete look of yourself. This is also the opportunity to find out if you are comfortable with how your hair accessory is placed and if it is secured enough.

5.   Bring your pegs – Tear out pages from magazines, print them from their websites, or save them in your phone to show to your MUA. Showing rather than simply telling is the better way to go. Instead of going on and on about the style you want, describing it using words alone, simply present a picture of that style and let your MUA emulate it. Ask your MUA for advice and suggestions regarding the look you want, whether it is perfect for you or there’s something else more suitable.


6.   Clean face – Same with the hair, MUAs like to start with a clean base. So wash your face and just apply some non-grease moisturizer and that’s it! Your MUA will like to build up your look starting with a clean face so that it is easier to identify the right shade of foundation for your skin tone and also know areas to conceal and to highlight. So look as natural as possible for your MUA to do a better assessment of your facial cosmetic needs.

7.   Evaluate your MUA’s professionalism and skills – The makeup trial is the best time to experience for yourself all the talks during the interview with your MUA or all the wonderful makeup you’ve seen in the portfolio. You want to do your evaluation with some room for improvement for your MUA and that needs time. Doing it on the actual day defeats its purpose of improving the look to suit you through your MUA’s professionalism and skills.

8.   Take a photo of yourself – After the trial, take a photo of yourself and discuss with your MUA what needs to be tweaked in your makeup to make your face register better in a photo. Perhaps the blush needs to be blended better or the eyeliner darkened to highlight your features better and so your look won’t get washed out. The photo should also serve as a guide for your MUA on your final look with the exact shades of eye shadow, blusher, lipstick, etc for the actual day.

Trying out your bridal look is important in ensuring that you look your prettiest come your wedding day. Make this a priority on your to-do list and guarantee that you’ll look and feel pretty on your big day.

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