Makeup and Hair Trial: 7 Tips for a successful bridal trial.
Makeup and hair are a huge part of a bride’s overall appearance on her wedding day. There are two different types of brides when it comes to makeup and hair here in Miami. A few brides have their hearts set on a sultry smokey and sophisticated red lip. They love makeup and want to make sure that they look as glamorous as possible on their wedding day. Then, there are the rest of us. We want to look like ourselves on our best day. Polished and pretty but still fresh looking.
When I first meet with Miami brides about their wedding makeup and hair, the number one fear is that the will end up looking like a circus clown in a pretty dress. The way to avoid this is to schedule makeup and hair trial well in advance to make sure you get the look you want on the big day.
1. Go it alone.
So much of the fun of wedding planning is getting our friends and family to help make choices. Your makeup and hair trial is definitely not a time for decisions by committee. Even if you are going for a natural look, a good makeup artist will apply makeup a little heavier than you may be used to compensate for flash photography. Someone sitting in the room with you might say that they application is heavy when in reality it’s perfect for the lighting condition on your wedding night.
Also, avoid the temptation to bring your kids along. It will be nearly impossible to mind your children and stay present for the makeup and hair process. It will also make the trial take MUCH longer and depending on the artist schedule you may not be able to finish.
You’ll be more relaxed and have more fun if you take the opportunity to make this a one-on-one event.
2.Create a Pinterest Idea Board.
As a makeup and hair artist, I am interested in EVERYTHING about your wedding. The time of day, colors, location, level of formality and theme all play a huge part in the look I recommend. If someone is having a dramatic candlelight evening wedding with a black and red palette but wants a natural bronze beachy look, there can be a disconnect. Seeing everything that you have planned makes it much easier to makeup sure you’re not over or under painted on your wedding day.
3.Bring your veil and jewelry.
I need to understand how your veil and headpiece will make sense with the look you’ve chosen. It’s so helpful to have it there. I can also see if it casts any shadows on your face that I may need to account for in the makeup application. It’s not an absolute must-have, but I’ve seen too many bridal photos where it feels like the hair was done by itself and then a veil plopped on top. Having your jewelry helps to complete the look and give you the most accurate idea of what you’ll like in your wedding photos. Tiara picture available from Etsy seller Bijouterie Fashion
4.Take plenty of photos.
Both you and your makeup and hair stylist should be taking plenty of pictures. Several angles in the back of your head. Pictures can reveal things that you may not have noticed. For, example, if you’re wearing an up do, you may find that your ears and the back of your neck do not match the rest of your body. Your chosen makeup and hair artist may need to bronze up the back of your neck or take foundation all the way over ears. THESE details are what separate professionals from hobbyists.
5.Don’t rush it
The bridal trial is supposed to be an exploratory process. There will be lots of discussion and looking at inspiration photos. You may find that the style you makeup and hair you had in mind isn’t flattering with your face shape. Your artist may see a photo of your gown and be inspired by the 1930’s vibe and suggest a hairstyle that suits the era. This is all the point of the meeting. Allow two hours or ask your makeup and hair stylist how long her trials usually take.
6.Keep an open mind
This is a biggie. There is a possibility that your beauty stylist is going to tell you some honest things that you won’t want to hear. If you have dream your whole life about having a sleeked back chignon for you wedding day, it’s going to be really hard to hear that your dream hair style makes you look chubby and matronly. You may also find that your baby fine hair won’t hold a beachy wave or that your nude lip color makes you look a little green around the gills. Be willing to try something you hadn’t considered before.
Wear the color of your wedding dress and if you’re doing a makeup up change bring something the color of your second dress as well. If you really want to go the extra mile try to find a top that mirrors the neckline of your dress.