Preparing For Your Wedding Makeup Trial Run

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Many brides do a wedding makeup trial run with their makeup artist before the big day, but not everyone knows what to expect from these appointments or how to navigate uncomfortable conversations. To help you feel at easy during your makeup trial run, we asked two expert wedding makeup artists for their advice on some common wedding makeup dilemmas.

1. What should I bring to my makeup trial? 

Kacee Geoffroy: "Pictures are always helpful!!! Bring pics of what you like and don't like! With pictures, your stylist can usually spot a common trend among them and work with your style even if you aren't super clear what that is yet. Also if you have any hair accessories that you are hoping to incorporate into your look, bring those along so you can get a clear picture of your look all together."
Erica Beukelman: "We find it incredibly helpful to have photos of what you like and also of what you don't like as a reference, and to allow your artist to create your look based on some of the looks you like."

2. I want to look like myself on my wedding day but my makeup artist suggests I wear more makeup. What should I do?

Kacee: "Definitely communicate your concerns and don't let your artist push you towards anything you aren't comfortable with. It's your wedding day and you should feel fabulous. That said, keep an open mind when going to your trial run. Bring along some pictures of how you like your makeup on a daily basis. This will help guide your artist in your style."
Erica: "Most likely you will have a bit more makeup than usual but take pictures and get opinions from your family and friends. You want to look special but not unlike yourself. By communicating your desires you and your stylist should be able to come to a good middle ground. Remember you've hired your artist for a reason and this is what they do on a daily basis. They usually can make suggestions or try things that you haven't thought of. Make sure to communicate but trust yourself!"

3. What should I do if I don't like how my hair and makeup came out during my trial?

Erica: "Be honest! It is your wedding day, and the most important thing is that you are feeling the most beautiful you ever have and are comfortable. Tell your artist if you are not comfortable or happy with something, and ask if they can try something different. Do not leave your appointment unhappy. Also, not every artist is right for every bride, or every bride for every artist. You need to find the right fit for you, and do not settle."
Navigating a wedding makeup trial can be challenging for some brides-to-be especially if you struggle with voicing your opinion. However, it's important to remember that you deserve to look and feel beautiful on your wedding day and your makeup stylists want to help you accomplish exactly that. Once you've had a few makeup trial runs, and you've set your heart on the look of your dreams, you'll finally be able to schedule your appointment for the big day!
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