How to make the most of your makeup trial

How to make the most of your makeup trial

Use these tips to make sure your wedding look is 100% on point.

We all know the process: do your research for the perfect makeup artist, narrow it down to a shortlist, book in your favourite, do the trial, and then get your wedding makeup done on the big day.

What a lot of brides don’t realise is how much power is in making the most of your makeup trial. This time is used to test different colours and define exactly how you want to look on your wedding day, so it’s important to get super prepared. 

Here are some questions I often get asked from brides, along with some extra tips on how to make the most of your wedding makeup trial.


When should I schedule my makeup trial?

Ideally, it’s best to book in around 3–5 months before your wedding. If you book too far in advance you risk changing skin, wedding details, trends, and the possibility of forgetting what you asked for in the first place!


How can I communicate exactly what I want?

The #1 tip for this is to research makeup prior to your trial using inspiration platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. 

Find looks that stand out and represent your dream look. It’s best to search for styles on faces that are similar to you in skin, eye, and hair colour, because this means you’ll have an accurate idea of how those colours and styles will suit you. 

It’s also a great idea to sift through your chosen makeup artists’s Instagram profile or website for inspiration from past looks they’ve created — after all, they are experts on their own work!


 How will I know if my makeup look will work with my hairstyle and wedding gown?

Such a good question! I recommend doing a little dress rehearsal of all the different elements of your look so you can see how it all comes together. Book in a test of your spray tan, lash extensions (if opting for them) and hairstyle to get an idea of the full picture, along with wearing a top the same colour as your wedding dress.

If you can swing a hairstyling appointment the same day as your makeup trial, it’s best to schedule it before your makeup so we can create a look that fully complements your hairstyle.

You’re also welcome to bring images of any relevant wedding details (your dress, flowers, bridesmaids dresses) and your jewellery.


Am I allowed to bring anyone else to my appointment?

Absolutely! Your bestie/bridesmaid/mum is always welcome at your trial for a trusted second opinion or to help you describe your dream bridal look. Bonus: we can even discuss and plan their look too, if they’re booked in for an application! I always take notes for reference on the wedding day, so no detail is forgotten.


How should I prepare before the trial?

Come to your appointment with a makeup-free, moisturised face ready for me to work my magic.


What if I have particular product preferences?

When you book in, be sure to mention any sensitivities or special requests so I can be fully prepared with the perfect product choices for your dream look.


What if I forget how the makeup looks in the lead up to my wedding day?

At your trial I’ll be sure to take photos of your completed look so you can remember all the gorgeous details. Also, take plenty of post-appointment selfies — you’ll be feeling yourself!

Pro tip:

Book a night out with your besties the day of your trial. Make the most of your glam look for the night and take advantage of makeup that will last all night, no matter how enthusiastic the dancing.


Ready to book in?

I can’t wait to meet you and hear all about your dreamy wedding plans!
If you’re a local Sunshine Coast bride looking for the perfect makeup artist, I’d love to hear from you! 
To make a booking or email me click here or give me a call on 0414 989 351

Lauren xo