Heres to my first ever blog post.
its wedding time, ding dong...
Wedding make up trials are very important not only to the bride to be but for the make up artist who loves to know the ins and outs of the wedding details, colour schemes, style of the dress, hair styles, flowers, and the session of the wedding.
Are you a summer bride?
Are you away for your wedding, and need advice on products before you leave?
Should I wear lip gloss to walk down the aisle, for my first kiss as a wife?
Should I wear strip lashes will they last all day, or should I have Simi permeant lashes?
I have always worn jet black eye liner should I consider changing that for the big day?
I never wear much makeup, why would I changed that now for my big day?
It is the makeup artist job to find out who you are as a person, your style, preference to makeup brands, your dos and dont's (if you have any). Even though these may seem irrelevant and havant crossed your mind its why you hire help for the day, to ensure you are looking a more polished, beautiful version of yourself.
There really is no time limit on a bridal trial, if you have all day so has the make up artist, its about feeling special through out the service, on the trial and the big day. so actually liking your artist is also important as your about to share your big day with them. 2 hours could be plenty of time to cover the look, the make up artist will leave when you are 100% happy with the look. References can also really help on the trial as a selection of pictures or even magazine cut outs can all be processed into one look however this isn't necessary as your may just have the perfect picture in your head and thats great as long as you can share this with your artist.
My Autumn Wedding Trial
Rhea the bride to be had 2 trials with myself as she was sure she wanted a natural look with the eyes doing all the talking. We then decided that Rhea actually wanted more coverage with more of a contoured look, where we achieved this on a 2nd trial, above is this final look for the wedding day.
I love to highlight and contour, using cream based products where I feel creates a subtle yet defined face. Contouring can be seen as scary at first but once blended it creates a perfect base for small layers to be applied this all helps with the staying power for on the day, as fixing sprays are used through out the blending stages where this bonds the small layers together creating a flawless finish.
I always start with a base/primer and then my foundation which I then leave to work its magic whilst I start on the eyes, everyone works very different from one another I find this works best for me. Once the eyes are finished I then tidy the under eye area where I then begin with my contouring stage. Blend blend and blend where I then go back in with the foundation to soften areas the beauty blender may have missed even so I go back in to sharpen some areas and even soften. I like to work with small layers when applying makeup this is my only rule I have as an artist we can forget rules to following step by steps which is just one of the reasons I love my job everyday really is different, from canvas to canvas, I love to paint faces :)
Highlighter is my go to products, it completes any look adding that healthy glow. My all time favourite for a bride would be the MAC: Cream colour base in Hush, its that perfect flushed colour with the sheen of a goddess. This should only be placed on the high points of your face you don't want to be a ball of shine on your day. Stick to the cheeks with cream and use powder highlighter on the bridge of your nose and brow bone.
Here below is the 1st trial which was taken place 12 weeks before the wedding day, the 2nd trial was taken place 4 weeks before the big day. The 1st trial was kept very natural, choosing to create each eye with different colours and contour shapes. This gave the bride a direction in colour and shape for the day.
The importance of a trial is to make sure you look like yourself, just a classic more beautiful version. If you have always worn a certain brand or a certain look then you can incorporate that in to your wedding make up, as you know yourself better than anyone else we sometimes just need some guidance.
P.S Try stay opened minded with the little things, lip colours can be deceiving give them a try, but try stick to your natural lip shade work with the colours already within your lips.
Happy weddings, congratulations to all you brides to be.