Hair and Beauty

Your hair and makeup trial

Bridal makeup is very different from every day make-up. Unless you have taken a makeup course and are very seasoned at application, you will not be able to achieve flawless foundation, the expert contouring of your cheeks and jawline or get that perfect highlight above your cheekbones, like a professional make-up artist would. Neither would you know all the tips for getting your makeup to last throughout the day; therefore, having a trial make-up session is something that’s usually recommended for most brides.

Ideally, your trial should take place at least 8 weeks before your wedding. There will be a fee for the trial, so be sure to enquire about this in advance.

If you like, you can also do your hair style trial on the same day but be sure to have it done before you have your makeup done. One of the reasons for this, is to prevent the heat of hair styling tools from affecting your makeup and its application.

On your wedding day itself, most make-up artists will apply make up to the bridesmaids’ and mother of the bride’s make-up first and save the bride’s makeup for last.

  1. You should go to your trial bare-faced, that is, with no makeup at all.

Observe whether the make-up artist’s tools and equipment are sanitized and well-organised.

Here are some tips before you head off for your make up trial:

  1. Carry magazine photos of brides in make-up that you like. This way, the make up artist will get an immediate idea of whether you lean towards a more natural look or whether you are open to being a bit more dramatic with your make-up.
  2. Walk with a picture of your dress to show your makeup artist. This will also give her added inspiration to create your look.
  3. If you wear contact lens, be sure to put them on before too, so that you can gauge whether any eye shadows, eye liners or mascaras will affect them.
  4. Get your eyebrows waxed a few days in advance of your trial.
  5. Wear a buttoned up blouse or a shirt, so that if you have to change your clothing post-application, it will not ruin your hair and makeup.
  6. If you don’t like how the make-up artist has applied your make up, be sure to tell him/her. After all, this is the purpose of the trial!