Many professional Makeup Artists have websites that will give you an idea of their work through their portfolio and use this to see the styles that the MUA (short for makeup artist) can do.
The Makeup trial is just as important as the wedding dress fitting, to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible on your big day.
Some clients decide against having a makeup trial and is happy to go along with the MUA which is fine too. However, if you have opted for a makeup trial then I would like to give you a few tips on how to make it a successful makeup trial.
Come prepared – Clean face. This means no mascara, foundation or lipstick as we are starting from scratch and building our way up!
Pinterest is a great way to get inspiration of what you want or like and a great way to get to know your MUA which is very important in the crucial few hours leading up to your big moment! Photos will help you where your words let you down and if you don’t like brown or any other colour, this is the time to speak up. The MUA can give you advice and opinions on what might be the best for you. Remember that bridal makeup needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. There is a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be difference in your makeup too.
Go It Alone – Try not to bring your mother, friend or other bridal party who tend to be too opinionated or difficult as they could impact your decision. Going alone will help you relax and have fun with no distractions taking away the attention of you as the bride.
Selfies – Once you’re happy with your makeup, it’s time for those selfies! Make sure you take a shot from every angle in different lighting inc indoor and outdoor especially if you will be taking photos outside on your wedding day. Try to wear similar colour clothing to your wedding dress as it can reflect on the face and slightly alter the way your makeup appears.
Time is the essence – Your MUA will spend considerably more time with you doing your trial so that it can be discussed the desired look and make any adjustments before we find the ‘perfect’ look. It is normal practise to make adjustments in order to achieve the look required and a MUA will not be offended but will appreciate your input – the hardest part of their job is to find your limits and what makes you feel comfortable.
On your wedding day it should take less time although the MUA will budget extra time just in case as it’s best to play it safe! However, if you make an itinerary of when you want things to happen on the day – make sure you tell everyone involved as they are all happy to work around you on your big day!
My top tips for your makeup trial: Communication is key.