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Bridal Makeup Practice Sessions

March 1, 2010

Scheduling a practice session [trial session/run-through] with your Makeup Artist prior to the wedding day is so important for all brides.  This will allow you to take the time with your Artist and really fine tune and perfect the look you are going for.  Having done hundreds of these, here are a few tips that I’ve found that can be quite helpful to make the experience a good one!

1… Bring with you any pictures that you’ve found of bridal makeup that you like.  These can include online pictures as well. It doesn’t have to even be an exact or complete look…but if you see a picture of eye makeup you love, or a lip-color, etc…this will give your Artist a good visual to begin with.  I always begin my sessions with the bride looking thru my personal portfolio of actual brides I’ve done, then after that a few makeup books that are geared specifically towards bridal makeup. When choosing pictures, try to stay true to your own coloring if possible [skin-tone, hair color, eye color, etc.], this is important.

Let your Artist know how you’ll be wearing your hair for the big day, what your dress looks like (a picture is even better) and also the colors that are in your wedding.  This allows them to see the big picture and vision for the wedding style.

If you plan on having false lashes of any kind on the wedding day, then practice this at this time.  It’s nice to see exactly what the complete look will be.  If you haven’t worn them before, you’ll definitely want to try them prior. Don’t wait until the wedding day to try new things!

Ask your Artist if they can retail the lipstick and/or gloss that they used on you.  These are 2 items I always suggest for the bride (and even bridesmaids) to have in her bag for touch-ups.  If your unable to buy this product from your Artist personally, then ask the shade and brand so you can pick it up!

This is your time. Don’t feel embarrassed to speak up if you don’t like something.  Don’t leave the session until you are 100% satisfied.  If there is something you feel is off, don’t wait and speak up until afterwards.  You are already there and paying for this service, so to avoid more visits [and money] tweak the look until you are happy.

Less [people] is more. Even though it is nice to always have a second opinion, don’t bring too many people with you to the trial.  It’s ok to bring a friend or mom, but try to limit this to one person. When you bring an entourage of people, it may make you lose sight of what you want. Always remember this is your big day, if you want a nude lip…then wear a nude lip! Too many opinions being thrown out can be frustrating for both you and the Artist.

I personally feel the best time to do the trial session is within a couple months (or closer) to the wedding.  This will be close enough but not too far in advance.  I think with anything in life…when you have too much time with something you may start re-thinking things.  Everyone works differently, so just ask your Artist what he/she recommends for you and what they prefer. In all cases, they should be keeping a detailed chart of what your makeup looks like and shades, so doing it further in advance shouldn’t be an issue.

If at all possible, try to have your trial session early in the day and also on a day that counts! I do a lot of sessions on engagement picture days, wedding shower days, even birthdays or bachelorette parties. This will allow you to get some opinions afterwards from family or friends and see how it wears for the rest of the day.

I hope these tips help you when you decide to go for your practice session and have fun!

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  1. February 10, 2011 9:09 pm

    This is a really great blog post. Perfect advice for every MUA’s bridal clients. Thanks for posting this!!

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