Bridal Makeup Trial: complete Guide for Brides & Makeup Artists.

Makeup Trials are extremely common in the west and now it has picked up tremendous amount of momentum in India. At least in Metro cities it is a must TO DO list for the brides. Gone are the days when you just “trusted” someone with the photos and invited the makeup artist on your wedding day.

However in this artist I want to discuss the reason of a Makeup Trial from Bride’s perspective of course and also the Makeup Artist perspective since we have both kinds of readers visiting our site.

So what is Makeup Trial anyways?

It is a process of deciding a makeup look on a day when the stakes are extremely high and there is no margin of error or experiments. Essentially Makeup Trials are done for events like wedding and sometimes few clients demand for big events like award functions. This gives the client a complete understanding about her look and makes her feel more confident.

But wait is that what just supposed to happen on a makeup trial and the answer is absolutely NOT

Top reasons for a Bride to definitely go for Makeup Trial

  1. Decide and discuss the look you have in mind.
  2. Check on the makeup products your makeup artist will be using.
  3. Allergy patch test to ensure the products do not create any allergic reaction. It will be crazy to get rashes on your wedding day.
  4. Discuss the wedding flow chart , timing, venue and other expectation settings with the makeup artist
  5. Discuss and finalize the amount that will cost you for your wedding.
  6. Meet the makeup artist and check whether you feel comfortable with her overall behavior, Cleanliness of her makeup tools, Product brands that are being used.
  7. Take your friend, fiancé , parents along to get their 2 cents as well since in India acceptance of makeup by family is very important.

What to expect?

Makeup Artist will be spending a good 2 hours with you showing you the makeup plan , Wiping it out and doing it again. They may charge you nominally for the trial while most of the artist may not charge you if you are going to finalize on them. Secondly please keep yourself free when you go for a trial, Do not rush into things. Take an informed decision.

Top reasons for a makeup artist to definitely invite the bride to be for a Makeup Trial

  1. Suggest and guide makeup plan according to the skin texture, facial anatomy, skin tone etc.
  2. Educate the client about makeup products and how it is important to stick to the plan. Many brides will give you a reference photo for her wedding look and need to assess them closely and guide the client accordingly
  3. Makeup Artist definitely needs to check the wedding dress and jewelry which is intended to be used on the wedding day as the entire look will be planned accordingly
  4. Makeup Artist has to keenly observe and understand the cultural background of the client to decide and suggest a bridal makeup look.
  5. Makeup Artist has to give an accurate estimate of cost that client has to pay for all the sessions. Ensure all the doubts are cleared and reporting time for the wedding day is agreed by both the parties.
  6. Makeup artist must suggest skin care routine, Diet routine and sometimes Workout routine for the clients to look the best on their wedding day.
  7. Makeup Artist should technically also assess the compatibility with the client. It is very important that you two guys gel with each other and there are no bad vibes around. Ultimate goal is that your confidence and your client’s makeup shouldn’t suffer

What to expect?

Client may be very specific at times and may negotiate on the costing. Workout what works however do not lose patience if the client is demanding by nature. All you need is to educate her about the pros and cons and let her take the final decision. If you feel client is making you extremely uncomfortable and your makeup will suffer since you cannot work under a stress and anxiety then politely step back and do not agree for the project.

Makeup Trial is not just a trial of a makeup artist but it works both ways. Even the makeup artist will check if they are comfortable with the project which might include travelling and any other requirements which they may not be comfortable with. For me Makeup trial is an assurance for the bride and myself and trust building moment. Everything must be detailed, cleared and documented.

All the best if you are getting married !

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Makeup Trials?

A process of deciding a makeup look on a day when the stakes are extremely high and there is no margin of error or experiments.

What are Makeup Trials done for?

They are done for events like wedding & sometimes few clients demand for big events like award functions. This gives the client a complete understanding about her look & makes her feel more confident.

How are Makeup Trials helpful?

Makeup Trial is not just a trial of a makeup artist but it works both ways. Even the makeup artist will check if they are comfortable with the project which might include travelling & any other requirements which they may not be comfortable with. For me Makeup trial is an assurance for the bride & myself & trust building moment.