It really is a no-brainer in my opinion - you simply must have a trial.
A bridal trial (or bridal preview as it's known in some countries) gives you piece of mind that you've made the correct choice with your makeup artist and that the overall look you've chosen is going to suit.
It's not uncommon to make adjustments to certain aspects of the makeup after your bridal trial. For example, more blush, more or less eyeliner, darker eyeshadow etc.. this is easily done and does not require a 2nd trial. The bride pictured below, wanted to go darker with her eyeliner and shadow which wasn't a problem at all and look how good she looks!
I've been doing makeup since 2012 (trained in 2011) and in all that time I've only ever had one bride request a second trial. Her first trial she asked for smokey eyes, which she liked, but then over the course of the day she decided she wanted to go with something more natural and classical so she came back for another trial and I'm pleased to say we nailed it.
It's also not uncommon to send through pictures to your makeup artist of how you would like your makeup to look. But please bear in mind that a lot of these images may have been edited in some way (skin smoothers / airbrush effect to create flawless skin) so it is unlikely that you will look like that, however the "look" will be tailored to suit your features, including face shape, colouring etc. We like to use the pictures as "inspiration" which I think is a great term :)
When you come to me for your bridal trial, you will be asked the following:
What colour dress are you wearing - what style of makeup you would like - does your wedding have an overall theme - what colour are your bridesmaids wearing.
This way, when I create your look it will all tie in together beautifully.
You also need to bear in mind that your makeup may be done a shade or two darker than you would normally have it - this is so it photographs correctly, so don't freak out it it's a tad darker than you're used to. If you're overly concerned, let your artist know so you can both discuss it.
Try not to bring an entourage to your trial, for one it's distracting to the artist and two - it's your day and you're the one who's going to be on display and you don't need to be distracted. I allow one other person to come to my studio for your trial, most girls bring their mum or best friend, but more often than not it's just the bride.
Think of your bridal trial as an investment and not an extra or unnecessary wedding expense. It's a small amount to pay for piece of mind and letting go of that stress of how you're going to look on your big day.
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