Lots gets lost in translation these days and it’s really difficult to read between the lines sometimes. And the last thing we want to do is offend someone. All this doesn’t help at your wedding makeup trial (did I mention I hate that word? Lol).
Brides have usually kept a Pinterest board for two years (I did!) and pinned the life out the internet (Guilty!). Recognise yourself in here yet? Don’t get me wrong, I encourage my bridal babes to do this. It’s helpful. You can begin to see trends in the things that you like and you start to get closer to what you genuinely love. But it’s not the only thing you should be doing. That’s because these pictures you’re pinning are usually HEAVILY edited and filtered. There are a couple that I’m always shown. You probably have them on your board too… and if you’re a Makeup Artist reading this, then I guarantee you know which ones I mean. It’s likely that the one you’re telling me you want to emulate isn’t actually as ‘natural’ as you think. To get that flawless look involves wearing way more layers of makeup than you’re probably used too. And when it’s finished you’re just not used to seeing your face that way.
So what else can you do to help you communicate your ideas?
- You might want to discuss with your Artist as to whether it’d be helpful to go to your trial with your makeup on. Just wear what you’d usually wear. We’re not judging. It’s actually really helpful for us to see what you’d usually do. It’ll give us a good indicator of where you boundaries are. Because, essentially that’s what I’m doing at a trial. I’m trying to get it right for you by scoping out your makeup boundaries.
- As well as all those Pinterest pics, show me pics of when you truly felt amazing! That wedding you went to where you felt awesome, because of your makeup? Show me that. And try and decide what it is about that particular makeup that you loved the most.
- Show me your makeup bag. Some of the best trials I’ve had have included my bride giving me a behind the scenes look into what makes up their face every day. If I can see what products you use it’ll help me decide what I have that would be a good fit for you. If you use tinted moisturiser you’re definitely not going to like Double Wear. If all your lipsticks are bold colours, you’re probably not going to like a nude lip. Again, not judging! I just need to get to know your preferences.
- Don’t stand on ceremony. Be honest. Honesty isn’t offensive. I’m more offended at the thought that someone couldn’t be honest with me. Makeup is subjective. What one person likes isn’t what another one does. If you want a flick that’s 2mm longer, or a line buffed out, more powder, less highlighter, no blusher on the apples of your cheeks because you feel it makes your cheeks look enormous then just say so! Saying those things is absolutely no reflection on my skill. They’re a product of miscommunication. I won’t be offended. They’re easy things to change and I won’t lose sleep over it of you won’t.
- This is perhaps the biggie. Don’t be afraid to get involved. It’s your makeup we’re doing. It’s a joint effort. My kit is usually spread out so you can see it. Have a look. Put the products you like to one side. I’ve bought it for you to chose from and to put on you afterall. As long as we don’t double-dip, we decant and sanitise then get stuck in! Line up all the lipsticks you like the look of and lets play.
I take your makeup seriously, but I never take myself too seriously. I don’t want sorting your wedding makeup to feel intimidating or for your to feel anxious about saying what you want. I’m open to your suggestions. Like I’ve said before, your makeup trial isn’t a one way thing. It’s an evolution from start to finish that should reflect who you are and how you want to look on one of the biggest days of your life. Your input is invaluable.