If you are getting married this year, its likely you already have a trial date booked in the diary. Congratulations - its your year!
It is probably your first bridal trial too, so you may be wondering what to expect. Don't fear, here are some handy hints to help you get the most out of your trial, which should be a relaxing experience, not like your being cross examined in a legal trial!
Should I have a bridal Trial, if so when? YES YES YES YES. You need a bridal trial, preferably up to 6 weeks before your wedding day. Your wedding day is highly documented, not only by your professional photographer but by all your family and friends. These photos are most likely going to last a lifetime, therefore you want to be the best version of you! To achieve that, your makeup artist needs to get to know you and your skin.
Wedding days are long, we need to make sure products suit and last on your skin.
Cared for skin equals beautiful makeup.
Your makeup will ALWAYS look better when your skin has been nourished. Ideally, you need to be looking at your skincare routine 12 months before you wedding day and establishing if it needs changing. Once you've got a good routine for you - stick to it! Definitely don't try out new products or treatments in the weeks leading up to your day.
Curate your favourite Looks. Before your appointment find images you love on pinterest/google and save them. Do your curating with caution - many images on the internet are heavily photoshopped. Makeup artists are miracle workers, but we are not plastic surgeons and we cannot change the colour of your skin and unfortunatley your photographers don't have that gorgeous snapchat filter on they cameras (but wouldn't that me amazing?!).
Look for images of models/real brides that have a similar colouring to you, as on lighter/darker skin tones colours can look very different. Collecting images of yourself on days where you really loved your makeup is also a great idea!
Have all these images ready at your trial.
Doing it on the day? Do it on your trial.
Are you booking a spray tan for your wedding day? Consider also having one so that you are tanned on the day of your trial. Colours on the eyes and lips can look very different depending on your skin tone. It can also be beneficial to tie in your hair trial on the same day so you can see the complete bridal look put together.
No makeup please!
On the day of your trial please don't apply makeup. I very much doubt you'll be scaring your bin man and having to remove it just before your appointment my aggravate and cause redness to your skin.
Wearing white? The colour of your clothing during the trial can effect how you see your makeup against your colouring. By wearing an item of clothing very similar to the colour of your wedding dress, you will see the full picture of how colours will sit together on the day.
Communicate. I can't emphasise how important this is. I know you want to keep the details of your big day hush-hush, but you can talk to your makeup artist in the strictest of confidence. Tell us about all your ideas, your dress, your flowers. We need to see the bigger picture in order to create the perfect look for you on this very important day!
Tell us what you loved, tell us what you want to change up. Did those false eyelashes, that you tried for the first time, really get on your nerves? Tell us!
Most importantly, enjoy it! Embrace the pampering and sit back and relax knowing you are in the safe hands of a professional. If you want to make the most of being glammed up then you could even book a night out to give your makeup the ultimate test!