Getting excited about that wonderful day looming in the near horizon? Normally the venue, the dress, the church or hall and all of those other big ticket items are crossed off the list before the bride considers her makeup and hair team. Sound familiar? Did you know that some really established artists require you to book a year in advance just to solidify your place with them?
Once you have established the artist(s) you are most interested in, have a look at their portfolios and give them a call to see if they are available on your wedding date. Next – it is time to book a trial. This is your chance to really get a feel for your wedding day look so that there are no surprises on that day:
Research looks that you really love and make a collection of them to show to your makeup artist. It is great to use sites like Pinterest to organize your photos or even magazine clippings.
Be realistic – if your skin tone or eye shape is completely different than the looks you are leaning towards, understand that your makeup artist will do their best to achieve the overall direction that you are desiring, but there will be some limitations based on your natural features.
Consider having the hair stylist present – It is great to have both the hair stylist and makeup artist present for the trial. This will be more efficient, and you will get the complete vision in one sitting.
Bring hair pieces or anything “special” to the trial – Bring hair pieces, veils, special lip colours that you love to the trial so that the artists will know exactly what they are working with to achieve your look
Day or Night Wedding? – Will your wedding photos be done in the daytime in primarily natural light? Will this be an indoor wedding that creeps into the evening? Ensure that the makeup artist has proper lighting to execute the trial and is aware of how the day will flow. They will ensure that you have the proper touch up products to suit the situation.
To tan or not to tan? – Advise your makeup artist if you will be tanning before the big day. This will impact the overall colour choices such as foundation and the amount of intensity that will be required to achieve “the look.”
Mother of the Bride – strongly consider having the Mother of the Bride (or Groom) have a wedding trial. It is their special day too, and in my experience, they have a very clear picture of how they DO or DO NOT want to look. It is best to see them in advance of the wedding.
Skin readiness – It is advisable to have your skin in tip top shape for the trial AND of course the wedding day. The makeup needs to be able to absorb properly into the skin and not be applied over dry patches or flakiness.
Makeup purchase for touch ups – If you have a special lip colour that you would like your artist to use, they will either ask you to purchase it, or they can purchase it on your behalf. They will also recommend certain products to have for touch ups on the day of the wedding. Discuss this with them as they may have this available for sale to you ahead of time.
Take photos and request an agreement or summary – take photos of the trial day makeup and hair! Also, I always make a detailed record of the products used so that I am well-organized and ready to go on the day of the wedding. An agreement is shared between myself and the bride to ensure absolute clarity.
Most importantly? Have fun and enjoy the experience!!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!