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No bridal ensemble is complete without a serious glam session by your trusted make-up and hair artists. Before the big day, it's super important to head off for a bridal beauty trial (or even a few) to ensure you can look forward to looking exactly how you envision on your walk down the aisle. By knowing these things before your trial, you'll be much more likely to love the end result, and feel confident you will look your best on the big day.
Your Desired Color Palette and Look
Red-lip glam with dramatic lashes? Enhance your natural beauty? Somewhere in the middle of "I woke up like this" and va-va-voom? Deciding what beauty look you're dreaming of is important to help guide your glam squad. (They're super talented, but they're not mind readers.) Peruse through Pinterest, magazines (Like BRIDES!) and social media to help determine which styles and color schemes you're most drawn to, and don't forget to bring the photos on the day of your trial.
Your Skin Type and Routines
Knowing your skin type and what works best for you is really important to share with your glam squad. While professional make up artists will be able to tell at a glance whether you're oily, dry or combination, you know your skin and daily routine best. By telling the pros how your skin typically holds to makeup, your typical skincare routine, and any problem areas you may have you'll be one step closer to the perfect wedding day aesthetic. This will also help the professionals decide on foundation types, application techniques, and other product decisions.
Any Allergies or Sensitivities
This is a must! If you have any allergies or sensitivities to products it should be the first topic of conversation you have with your makeup artist. This can help you avoid pre-wedding allergic reactions, redness, and irritation. Even if you've used a beauty product in the past and simply didn't like the way it looked or felt on your skin, communicate it now. (As always, communication is key throughout wedding planning!) Tried faux eyelashes once and HATED them? Maybe it's not the time to try again. Do you break out easily after wearing heavy makeup? Your cosmetologist might opt for airbrushing instead, to keep your pores happy and clear for your wedding and beyond.
To avoid any stressful situation and keep your budget intact, it's important to know any associated costs or fees for both the trial session AND wedding day services. Before booking your trial, inquire about wedding day costs (as they are often more expensive than the trial cost) and what bridesmaid and family member makeup and hair will cost too. Ensure whomever you're heading to for a trial is within your planned budget should you hire them. Avoid setting yourself up for disappointment by heading to a trial for someone you might not be able to afford. (Tip: Be sure to ask about "extra" fees such as travel fees, deposits, add-ons, etc.)