Brides Guide: Part 1 - Why Do I Need A Makeup Trial?

Marisa Robinson Makeup Artist Brides Guide Why Do I Need A Makeup Trial

Spring has sprung, birds are singing and wedding bells will be ringing!

As a makeup artist I love nothing more than making up brides for their special day! Not only is it an honour to be part of one of the biggest days in a girls life but I love the way makeup creates confidence and completes the overall look.

In this post I am going to answer one of the more commonly asked questions I get as an artist: Why Do I Need A Makeup Trial? A trial is not compulsory but here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding if you want a trial before your big day!

A makeup trial is like a dress rehearsal - it is a chance to have your wedding makeup completed before your wedding day.

A makeup trial is an opportunity to see what your bridal makeup is going to look like on you before your big day and a chance to ensure you are happy with the overall look. It also allows you to meet the makeup artist in person and ensure you are comfortable with them and the quality of their work.

I would recommend having a trial at least 6 to 8 months before your big day. A lot of artists can be booked out months or even years in advance so it is best to get in early to avoid disappointment. The reason I would also advise booking a trial sooner than later is so you can meet the artist and ensure you are comfortable with them. Remember this is YOUR special day and not only do you want a polished makeup look but you want an artist who is punctual, professional and a pleasure to work with.

I also like to recommend getting a trial on a day where you are going out (e.g - have the makeup trial during the day and go out at night). This not only means you have a glam makeup look but you can see how the makeup lasts and sits on your skin throughout the duration or the day and night - a great trial before the big day!

Marisa Robinson Makeup Artist Brides Guide Why Do I Need A Makeup Trial

A professional makeup artist will have an online portfolio or social media accounts (Facebook or Instagram) showcasing their work. Look through their pictures of their previous wedding makeup clients to get a feel for their style and if it suits the look you are wanting for your special day.

Also be sure to look on their website and Facebook page for testimonials and reviews from past clients. This will give you an insight into the service and experience the makeup artist provided them.

If you like what you see and they have positive reviews you should definitely contact them to arrange a makeup trial and get more details.

The first thing you will want to confirm is if the makeup artist is available on your actual wedding day. If they aren't available there is no point is proceeding with a makeup trial but you might like to ask if they can recommend another artist that you can contact. Makeup artists often work closely with other artists in the industry and they may be able to put you in touch with someone who does incredible work.

If the artist is available you will want to get an idea of how much it is going to cost for a makeup trial and for your wedding day to ensure it fits within your budget. A couple of things you will want to tell the makeup artist on enquiry so they can provide you with an accurate quote is:
1. How many people will be needing their makeup done on your wedding day. Let the artist know the number of bridesmaids and mother of the bride too.
2. The address where the makeup will be applied on the wedding day. Some artists will charge a travel fee if they are required to travel outside of the area they service.
3. What time you will need to leave to go to the church/ceremony. If your makeup artist is required to start extremely early (e.g before 5am if you are having a morning wedding) they may charge a fee.

Be as transparent as you can so the artist can give you all the costs and information you need to know upfront. If the quote is within your budget and you are happy with everything a deposit may be required to secure the wedding date. But most importantly this is your chance to lock in a makeup trial. If you are super organised and booked in over 12 months before your big day don't feel pressure to arrange a trial date straight away but definitely stay in touch with the artist and let them know when you have an event coming up that you would like your makeup done for.

Your makeup trial is coming up and there are a couple of things you can do to prepare. If you know what sort of makeup look you would like email the artist some reference photos so they know what to create on the day. If you aren't sure of what sort of look you would like and you are happy to let the artist work their magic that is absolutely fine, let the artist know what colour dress you plan on wearing or the colour of your eyes or flowers so they can start thinking of looks that will suit you. Also be sure to let them know if you have any skin allergies or sensitivity so they can use the appropriate products.

Something else I also ask my brides to be is if they plan on having a spray tan for the wedding day. If they are I suggest they have a spray tan for their makeup trial too. This way the artist can colour match the foundation correctly to the tan and save time on the wedding day doing colour matches and the bride can see exactly what the final makeup look is going to look like. 

If you have a couple of makeup looks you would like to trial ask the artist if they will complete one on each side of your face so you can choose your favourite look.

During the trial if you do happen to feel any skin sensitivity definitely let the artist know so they can switch products to best suit your needs.

Once the makeup trial is complete take a good look at it and analyse the look. Is it what you had hoped for? Do you love it? Are there things you would change? The makeup trial is your chance to let the artist know if you want anything changed so be open with them about this so they can make any necessary changes to create a look you love. It is important to advise changes during the trial (or very soon after the trial) so the artist knows exactly what products they will require and so they can get straight to work on the big day!

I hope this post answered any questions you had about getting a makeup trial for your wedding day. If there is anything else you would like to know that I didn't cover please let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to get back to you.

Plus stay tuned for Part 2 of my Brides Guide where I am going to share my beauty preparation checklist for the week leading up to your big day!

If you or someone you know is getting married and looking for a makeup artist feel free to contact me at - I am based in Sydney and would love to do your makeup trial and be part of your special day!