Prepping your skin correctly can dramatically change the results of the makeup trial. To keep your skin at its best I recommend starting this prep a few weeks before the trial (if you don’t already do so). Ensure you are exfoliating your skin up to 2 times a week, this will keep the top layer of skin fresh and free from any dead skin cells sat at the top. This will overall provide a softer skin surface for the makeup to lay on smoothly, and will also improve the durability of the makeup. Cleanse your makeup every night with a cleanser best suited to you (not a wipe!) and moisturise morning and night – face and neck!
I recommend going to speak to a representative of your favourite brand to get a skin care regime set up (this will be adapted to your own unique skin type). If you are struggling to choose an exfoliater I can highly recommend the No7 Total renewal microdermabrasion exfoliator (link attached). Please speak to an advisor before purchasing if you have sensitive skin, use lightly with your ring finger for a light buff to the skin.
If you are having a summer wedding and having the trial in the winter apply a soft tan to make the trial more realistic to the day. The makeup looks completely different on pale / more tanned skin tones!
At many trials the makeup artist comes to you in the comfort of your own home. Before your makeup artist arrives, ensure you have a large clear table ready for all the makeup magic to be laid out, one at waist hight or higher makes the job much easier for the artist to find each product. Move the table next to the best and most natural light you have. Lighting is everything when it comes to makeup application, natural light is best for the most accurate match to the skin. If you have a high stool this is perfect for the makeup artist to step back and check their work.
To help envision the makeup against a white or near to white dress try to find a white or light coloured top to wear during the trial. Button up or loose is best, you’ll thank me when there are no make stains at the end of the day! It is good for you to see the importance of colour added to the face when wearing white!
Have your everyday makeup bag at hand, this will give the makeup artist a better understanding of what amount of makeup you are used to wearing day to day.
Have ready some images of makeup you have found that you like the style of. These may be from pinterest, your makeup artists website or media pages such as instagram (tagged). Images of your dress and the bridesmaid dresses will help to decide the style of makeup which will most suit the wedding. There are a million looks your artist could create, but to have colour schemes, images of your dress and makeup you have seen before that took your fancy, all helps when deciding the perfect look for you and your wedding.