Her makeup is FLAWLESS. Her eyeliner is PERFECT. Surely she can do the same on you, right? So why are you feeling disappointed that your wedding makeup is not looking the way you thought it would? Even if your bestest friend, who always looks amazing and seems to have some divinely inspired natural talent for applying her own makeup is doing yours, I always recommend doing a makeup trial for any special event.
One bride described to me her experience of her friend doing her makeup for her on her bachlorete event. "In hindsight....my eye makeup was a bit Over The Top and maybe I should have had a quick trial before, to decide what look I wanted for the day and night." Sound familiar? (Before I became a Makeup Artist, I had my own share of horror stories)!
Everyones idea of natural is different. Not to mention natural smokey, or natural classic, or are you looking for Kim K natural? Makeup is one of things that you just have to see rather than describe so that you can communicate YOUR vision of natural.
A trial is also the time to see if the makeup style you wanted is actually right for you. In the same way that a wedding dress almost finds you, is the same way that your individual makeup style either does work or not. Although you may love to wear a gold and bronze eye makeup look with lots of eyeliner it may not really suit your personal style or even your eye shape. We all get a little carried away when we start researching makeup looks that we would like to wear....(trust me even I do), but quite often a practice run will be enough to convince us that some things should stay in our imaginations!
Having a test run of the makeup will also let you see how long the makeup actually lasts for. Bridal makeup should be able to withstand at the very least 6 hours of wear, so if you intend on going for a night out after, then this is the perfect opportunity to see if it works. Mascara should not smudge and eyeshadow should not budge! Like....ever!
So now there's no excuse. Plan a girl's night, get some wine, keep your phone nearby for some selfies, or hire a professional - whichever route you decide to take, just make sure you do a trial! You'll thank yourself after.
By Mika Holborow