Everything you need to know to get the most out of your bridal trial.
I love doing makeup and hair trials for my brides. It gives me a chance to get to you a little more and together we create the ideal look for your wedding day. I know you are taking time out of your very busy schedule and spending money, so I want to make sure that you get the most out of the trial and leave even more excited about your wedding day. So here are some professional tips on how to "ace your trial."
1. Come prepared. Time to get started on a Pinterest board if you haven't already — the more inspiration you bring, the easier it will be for me to interpret what you want. Photos of looks you love are always incredibly helpful just make sure the models in the photos have the same coloring, hair type and are roughly the same age. Bring photos of your dress to your appointment as well so I can compliment your whole look.
2. Bring your wedding accessories with you. If you are planning on wearing a veil, hair piece, or any jewelry, please bring it with you. I also suggest wearing a white shirt with a similar neck line as your wedding dress. This will help you see how the makeup and hair will work with your dress.
3. Make this a "date" for yourself. I cannot tell you how many times a bride brought someone with her and later wished she had come by herself. Everyone has an opinion on how they think your makeup and hair should be done, but your opinion is my top priority and making sure we create the look YOU want. I want you to be relaxed and enjoy the trial and really be able to communicate openly how you want your look to be.
4. Love the skin you are in. Great skin makes for a great canvas. Treat yourself to a good facial and spoil your skin with a good skincare regime prior to your wedding. The day of your trial, come with a clean face. You can absolutely use your moisturizer (just try and avoid SPF for that day) but having all your makeup removed prior to arriving is very helpful. Just throw on some big sunglasses because you will be dolled up and gorgeous in no time. If you are getting your hair done, we suggest either day-old hair or washing it that morning. We use only the best products but if the hair is greasy or too oily, it can affect the over all look of your desired hair style.
5. Be honest and as specific as possible in your verbal descriptions. It may feel uncomfortable to ask us to change something, but that's what trials are for! I want to make sure you feel confident and beautiful- even if we have to change the lipstick three times. Rather than describing what you want as “smoky” or “natural” start by telling me which features you want to accentuate and/or play down. For example, you can say that you want your eyes to pop, or you want "glowy" skin. If you have any skin tendencies; for example, if you know your forehead and nose tend to get shiny, it is helpful for me to know that so I can use the appropriate products when doing your trial," If you like your brows to be soft and natural, just let me know. The most important step to getting the most out of your trial is communication. I want you to tell me if you don’t like something – in fact, I need it. The only way I can make sure you’re happy is to know that I’ve done what you want and the only way to fix something that isn’t quite perfect, is to hear you say so. Of course, I always like to hear when you are thrilled.
6. Take a lot of photos. I always encourage my brides to take their own photos throughout the trial and spend a day or two looking at them. I want you to make sure everything looks perfect after the trial is over. I encourage my brides to contact me with any minor adjustments they may want so that I can address them on the wedding day. I also take pictures and take a lot of notes throughout the trial and if I feel there are some little "tweaks" I can make to improve the look, I make sure to communicate this with my brides as well.
7. I suggest to my brides that they buy the lipstick or lip gloss we use during the trial for touch ups on your wedding day. However, if there is a particular color that you are wanting to wear, bring it with you to your trial. It is great to see a variety of options and I have no problem applying a color that is yours.
As I stated before, this is the fun part of your wedding planning. Having been a bride myself, I know firsthand how stressful planning a wedding can so take this opportunity to be pampered, powdered, glossed and relax.