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What To Know Before Your Bridal Hair and Makeup Trial

What to expect from your hair and makeup trial session

At your make-up and hair trial session, you will sit down with your makeup artist and hairstylist to discuss your vision for your wedding day and how makeup and hair can be a part of that vision.  Then, your makeup artist and hairstylist will apply one or more looks, making any changes that you request until you have your perfect wedding-day makeup and hair look dialed down.

Do I need to prepare for my trial session?

Absolutely! Your trial session will go much smoother with a little bit of preparation.  By already having an idea of what look you want, it will be much easier for you and your makeup artist and hairstylist to be on the same page.  Ideally, you will also have pictures to show them because you and your artist may have different notions of what terms like “natural” or “smoky eye” mean.  I recommend using Pinterest to pin pictures of bridal makeup looks and wedding hairstyles that you like to a board that you can then share with the makeup artist and hairstylist.  Sharing pictures is all a part of communication, and the better the communication is between you and your makeup artist and hairstylist, the more likely your vision and their work will be one and the same.  Additionally, it is helpful to share pictures of any looks you had in mind for the maid of honor, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and anyone else who will be having their hair and makeup done.

Do I need to do anything special to my face and hair before my trial?

Before your trial, you should have a clean face, free of any makeup, as well as clean and dry hair.  This will allow your makeup artist and hairstylist to focus their time on your wedding look.


Should I schedule my trial session for the day I take my engagement photos?

By scheduling your makeup trial session on the same day as your engagement photo session, you can save money over having your makeup applied and hair styled specifically for the engagement session.  However, when it comes to your wedding, saving a little money is not always the way to go.  Using your trial makeup and hairstyle for your engagement photo session will leave you wearing the identical makeup and hair for both your engagement photos and your wedding photos.  Depending on the setting of your engagement photos, your wedding day look may not be appropriate for engagement photos.  Just as the clothing you will wear for your photos will be tied the setting, so, too, should be your makeup and hair.

Follow these tips, and you will be sure to get the most out of your bridal hair and makeup trial!

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Bridal Makeup: Easy Wedding Day Make-Up

bridal makeup: easy wedding day makeup   natural bridal makeup: easy wedding day makeup

If you are looking for a natural bridal makeup look, you can recreate this easy wedding day makeup using the following products:


FACE: Face Atelier Foundation | Face Atelier Powder | Eve Pearl Concealer 

EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion | Urban Decay Naked Palette | Dior ‘Diorshow’ Mascara Black | MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner | Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil | Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes | Smashbox Brow Tech Brunette

CHEEKS: NARS Orgasm | NARS Laguna Bronzer | MAC Strobe Cream

LIPS: Clinique All About Lips | OCC Lip Tar Femme | Bobbi Brown Clear Gloss

Bridal Makeup and Hair: Passion For Make-Up / Model: Kelli Serio/ Photographer: Pure Love Photograpy


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Beauty Tip: Get thicker lashes. No falsies or endless coats of mascara needed.

Get thicker lashes. No falsies or endless coats of mascara needed. Apply a dark (preferable black) waterproof pencil liner on the inner rim of your upper eyelid to create the illusion of having thicker lashes. I also suggest you do this if you are going for a smoky eye look and after applying eyeliner to your upper eyelid to get the full effect.


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Beauty Tip: Get fuller lower lashes without using mascara

Get fuller lower lashes without using mascara. If you want to give the impression of having thicker and fuller lower lashes, apply a little bit of light brown eyeshadow under your lower lashes. It will create a shadow thus giving the illusion of having thicker lashes.

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Beauty Tip: Get Long-Lasting Blush

Get long-lasting blush. Apply cream blush first. Then apply translucent powder to set it. Finish with powder blush. Your blush will last all day.

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Beauty Tip: Use a mascara shield and avoid mascara smearing on your eyelids

Avoid mascara smearing on your eyelids by using a mascara shield. This nifty little tool comes very handy when applying mascara. You can find different brands online but I like using this one.

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Want flawless wedding day make-up from the moment you walk down the isle until you say goodbye to your last guest? Here is how.


You have paid for the make-up artist to make you look your absolute best on your wedding day, so it is essential to make sure you continue looking your best throughout the entire event.  You will be the subject of hundreds if not thousands of photographs on your wedding day, and you want your make-up to be flawless in every single one of them.  As anyone who has ever worn make-up can attest to, make-up is far from permanent.  With the first drink of champagne or bite of hors d’oeuvres, lipstick will come off, leaving a naked lip surrounded by lipliner.  In a situation, where you do your own make-up, taking your lipstick out of your purse and reapplying as necessary would not be a problem.  However, when a make-up artist using his or her own products applied the make-up, this is not an option.  What is one to do?  You have two options, depending on your budget: 1) hire the make-up artist to remain on-call to apply all necessary touch-ups or 2) purchase a touch-up kit from your make-up artist.

For those of you with a larger budget, hiring your make-up artist to stick around for touch-ups is the best option.  Having the make-up artist on hand will ensure that no matter what happens to your make-up, it will be quickly fixed.  Lipstick transferred? No problem.  Eyeliner running? Fear not.  Need powder? Consider it done. Your make-up artist will inspect your make-up and make any corrections, so you remain flawless.

If the cost of hiring your make-up artist to remain on hand falls outside of your budget, do not despair.  An inexpensive option is to purchase a touch-up kit from your make-up artist, so that you have everything necessary to apply your own touch-ups.  Surely not all touch-up kits are going to be identical from all make-up artists, so it is important to inquire into what exactly is included.  At a minimum, I recommend the items below, divided into five categories.

Eyes.  You should not have any need to reapply your eye make-up if it is applied correctly, with the exception of eyeliner, which can run as a result of tears.  Though, false lashes should not come off, it is possible that they will detach for reasons such as rubbing your eyes.  For your eyes, you should have the following:

  1. Eyeliner
  2. Lash glue

Lips.  Lipstick and lip-gloss, no matter how transfer-resistant a cosmetic company advertises its product, will transfer.  It is not a question of if but when.  Kissing, eating, and drinking will wreak havoc on your lip make-up, so it is essential you have the following, all of which can come in a full-size or touch-up-size version:

  1. Lipstick
  2. Lipliner
  3. Lipgloss

Face.  It is inevitable that you will perspire on your wedding day, and perspiration and your skin’s natural oils need to be removed to keep you looking your best.  To properly keep your skin looking dry and beautiful, you should have the following:

  1. Blotting tissue
  2. Refreshing spray
  3. Blush
  4. Translucent powder

Tools.  Having the right products is only helpful if you have the tools to apply them.  Therefore, your touch-up kit should contain:

  1.  Mirror
  2. Blush brush
  3. Disposable lip brushes
  4. Pencil sharpener
  5. Sponges
  6. Powder puff

Miscellaneous.  In addition to the above, I also recommend having:

  1. Make-up remover wipes
  2. Tissues
  3. Cotton swabs

Whether your budget affords you to keep your make-up artist on hand throughout the event or to purchase a touch-up kit, it is essential to take that extra step, so you can look your radiant best all the way to the end.  It is your wedding day; you deserve it!

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