So you've done the hard work and done the research and you've scheduled your bridal preview. Congratulations! Although this really is the time for you to figure out whether or not you want to pick a particular artist for your wedding day makeup, there are a lot of things that you can do in order to help the appointment go as smooth as possible.
1. Come with makeup inspiration photos
Bridal trials are a lot smoother when you have visual representation of what type of look you want for your wedding day. For example, your definition of what looks "natural" can be completely different of what "looks natural" means to the artist. Pictures help to provide a good reference point to the makeup look that the artist will be coming up with.
In order to have access to a variety of inspiration photos, you can check out google images, pinterest, magazines, pictures of celebrities, wedding blogs, tumblr and instagram. Do a keyword search such as "natural makeup" or "smoky eye" and save the images that you feel yourself drawn towards and could imagine yourself looking like.
In addition to inspiration photos, it can be very helpful to come with your favorite photo of yourself. It provides a wonderful point of reference for the makeup artist of what your likes and dislikes are. It's also a great way to strike up a conversation and make sure you and your makeup artist truly understand each other.
2. Please wear a white/beige/cream top
The best way to get a good feel for how you will look on your wedding day is to wear a top that is a similar color to your wedding dress. Why? Because the color of your outfit can make certain makeup looks seem completely different. For example, with a black top on, you may feel that a certain makeup look is really understated. But with a white top on, it may look perfect to you.
3. If you have them, come with photos of your dress, accessories and have your bridesmaid dress colors picked out
All of those little details can make a difference in the final makeup look. It allows the artist to really conceptualize the look on the wedding day and to offer advice or make suggestions on the makeup look with factoring in all those important details.
4. Please come with a clean face
Please make sure that your face is clean. Please also make sure that all eye makeup has been removed, including any eyeliner around the eye or on the waterline.
If you are planning to get a tan the day of the wedding, please do also get the tan for the bridal preview so that the artist can match the correct shade of foundation and so that you will see exactly what your skin will look like on the day of.
Please allot a maximum of two hours for the bridal preview. It really is a great time for you to get to know your artist. There is a lot of conversing that goes back and forth. There is also a lot of understanding that is gained between the artist and the client during this crucial appointment. This will ensure that no one is rushed and that all the details are properly hashed out.
7. Have an idea of the complete list of makeup services you will need on that day
After the successful bridal trial, the artist will ask you how many people are desirous of makeup services and will also ask you all the services that you will need. A lot of times, brides don't have the final number at the time of the trial. But it is great to give an estimate so that a price quote and preliminary timeline can be put together for the wedding day.