Photo: Larissa Cleveland
Though finding the perfect wedding dress is an essential part of your bridal look, your wedding-day hair and makeup is equally important in creating a flawless finish. And what better way to ensure a look you'll love than by arranging a hair and makeup trial? However, heading into your makeup trial armed with ideas, inspiration, and questions is essential in getting the most out of your appointment. Laramie Glen, makeup artist and owner of Book Your Look, offers her insider tips on how to achieve optimal results from your hair and makeup consultation.
1. Plan Your Trial Around Your Engagement Photos
Create engagement photos you adore and test your nuptial look on film by scheduling your consult just before your engagement photo shoot. "Schedule your trial the day of your engagement photo session," Glen recommends. "This way, you will be able to see the photos and share them with your makeup artist and hair stylist and see if your look needs any adjusting."
2. Share Your Inspiration Board
"Put together a few photos or a Pinterest board of looks you love. Your 'natural with a smokey eye' can be wildly different from your artist's and photos are the best way to make sure you're on the same page," Glen reveals.
3. Keep Your Skin Particulars in Mind
"Tell your artist beforehand if you have any skin tendencies; for example, if you know your forehead and nose tend to get shiny, it is helpful for your artist to know that so they can use only matte products when doing your trial," Glen advises.
4. Prepare Your Big Day Touch-Up Kit Ahead of Time
Even the most indestructible hairdos and makeup occasionally succumb to inclement weather or tears, so be sure to assemble a touch-up kit with your artist well before the big day. "Ask your artist what they plan to leave you with the day of; most wedding makeup artists will leave clients' with a little powder, some q-tips, and the lip color. You don't want to be stuck on your wedding day with no way to touch up your makeup," Glen suggests.
5. Play With Your Look Until You Love It
If at first you don't succeed, make adjustments or schedule another makeup trial, Glen insists. "If you're not 100 percent happy with the hair or makeup, keep asking for changes until you feel your best. It may feel uncomfortable to ask your artist to change something, but that's what trials are for! We want to make sure you feel confident and beautiful — even if we have to change the lipstick three times," Glen says.