How should a bride prepare for a makeup and hair trial run?
Making sure to have somewhat of a look of what you want in mind helps immensely. Also being realistic of the look you’re trying to achieve is important. If you bring a picture of j-lo wearing a high bun but you have a short bob, then it’s not realistic! Also for makeup, try looking up pictures of people who look like you, or have similar features.
Do you suggest that brides send you photos prior to their trial run or wedding day?
I always suggest for our brides to have photos handy when they arrive. Sometimes there is no reception in hotel rooms so having them stored in your phone or iPad or printed always helps us all be on the same page! Someone’s version of “natural” may be different than my version of “natural”, so pictures really are worth a 1000 words.
What should a bride do with their hair and makeup prior to arrival?
Hair should be 100% dry. Day old hair is usually best but if you have real oily hair, use your judgement. As far as prepping your face, make sure to have no makeup on. Moisturizer is fine but no sunblock. Please no waxing on your face at least 48 hours prior.
What type of expectations should they have going into their trial with you? A trial helps everyone feel a little more at ease on what to anticipate on the day of the wedding. We are extremely fast so some brides are nervous when we tell them how fast we are. But, after the trial, i think it helps them realize we really have our timing down!
What if they don’t like something during the trial?
The beauty of a trial is that we can all learn and see what you like and don’t like. We can always tweak anything. The good thing is if you have a picture, we will already be close to the general feel and look of what you are trying to achieve. Also, keep in mind that professional flash photography will wash out a lot of makeup so a trial will be good to wear it and take photos, which is why I think a lot of brides do trials for their engagement photos.
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