The pressure on you to look perfect on your wedding day is high. It is one of the happiest days of your life and everyone will be looking at you and expecting you to look perfect—radiant and flawless.

There will be photographers flashing away at you throughout the day, even when you are getting ready, and the first thing that you will notice when you look back at your wedding photos is what you look like. That is a lot of pressure for one person on one day.

That is why I have put together a list of 5 reasons why I believe every bride should always book in a trial makeover before their big day:

1. To take the stress out of the morning of your wedding
Having a makeup artist turn up and know exactly how you wish to have your makeup on your special day is a big stress taken off your shoulders. Let someone else worry about blending, eyeliner flicks and perfect brows.

Booking in a trial makeover will also help you build a relationship with your makeup artist and leave you feeling safe in the knowledge that if you have a last minute change of heart on your lipstick shade, a week before your wedding, you can discuss it with someone that understands why that is so important to you... without thinking that you are a bridezilla.

2. So you can wear the products before your big day and see how they sit on your skin
Everyone’s skin is different and even when you tick every box on the back of a product it doesn’t always mean that it will last well on your skin. The best thing to do is book in a trial with a makeup artist that uses high-end quality products, primers and fixing spays.

Try to book in your trial appointment as early in the day as possible so that you can see if it lasts all day and all evening. Makeup will only ever stay on for a certain amount of time, and you will need to top it up here and there throughout the day, but on the whole you will want to know that the majority of the makeup will last from 9am until midnight.

3. Learn new tricks of the trade
Makeup trials can take 2-3 hours and you will go through, in detail, different eye designs and trial different foundations. It isn’t a quick makeup application. It is often a mini makeup lesson as you discuss skin tones, textures and application techniques. It is a great opportunity to learn new makeup tips and tricks and find out about new products that suit you.

4. Discussing skincare and eyebrow changes
Your makeup will only ever look at it’s best if your skin is well cleansed and hydrated. It is very important before your wedding to book in a course of facials so that your skin is glowing for your big day. It may sound like a big expense but when you are spending hundreds of pounds on your wedding photography you will want your skin to look its best in all your beautiful images. Your makeup artist will thank you for it-- a good skin care routine can help products stay on for longer and stop foundation sitting in pores.

Another important feature to look at during your makeover trial is eyebrows. Eyebrows shape your face and it is important to discuss with your makeup artist whether the shape of your brows are enhancing your features. If you have over tweezed any sections of your brows then you still have 6-8 weeks to let them grow where they need to.

5. Find out what products you will need to buy for the day of the wedding
Makeup will only stay on as long as it is designed to— and if you are lucky enough to get married on a hot day— you will certainly need to top up your t-zone with powder. Lip colour will need topping up after the ceremony, before the group photography and after the meal.

That is why it is important to discuss with an expert how your makeup will wear throughout the day— and what you may need to do to keep it looking at it’s best, at different stages of your wedding. You will not want to be worrying about your skin looking shiny on the day of your wedding.

A trial isn’t only a great opportunity to find out how good your makeup artist is, but it is a great time to discuss ideas, learn new techniques and build a relationship with your makeup artist. So that on the morning of your wedding you know that you are in good hands, making the whole day very special.

If you are looking for a makeup artist for your wedding in the South of England— contact Emma Lily on for a free quote.
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