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Your goal is to look as beautiful as possible on your wedding day, so it’s understandable if your makeup is one of your biggest concerns. Once you’ve booked your makeup artist, it’s a good idea to schedule one or two trials. This will allow you to work out any conflicting visions, decide on the best products for you, and decide on a final look.

Before you have your trial, you need to find some pictures of what you want your makeup to look like. There are a lot of different terms for the same thing, so providing an image of what you want (or don’t want) can be helpful in avoiding miscommunication. Remember that your makeup artist may have to make some changes based on your wedding venue, time of year, and your skin or face type.

Discuss any skin concerns you may have with your makeup artist before the trial run. They may have to make adjustments to the products they’re using, plus they’ll be more prepared to deal with any issues that may happen on the day of. Take care of your skin leading up to your big day by eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, getting facials, and seeking dermatological help if necessary. Makeup can be used to cover up your skin, but it’s much better when it’s used to complement it!

Ask your makeup artist how you should touch up your makeup throughout your wedding day. Write down what brand and shade of products they use, and purchase these to have on hand in case of crying, sweating, or kissing. Your powder and lipstick are the most likely to fade, so it shouldn’t cost too much to make sure your look stays on all day.

Wear a white shirt and bring your veil along to the appointment so that you’ll get an idea of the final look. It’s important to have your veil there for another reason: some veils tend to cling to the face and can smear or take off your lipstick or mascara. It’ll be much easier to make adjustments to accommodate the veil before the day of the wedding.

You should look like yourself on your wedding day. If you usually wear simple, natural makeup, it would be a jarring change to have a dramatic look on your wedding day. Your wedding makeup shouldn’t be a drastic change from your everyday makeup, because you may not like how different it makes you look (or feel). On that same note, your makeup shouldn’t be dated. You may think you like defined eyebrows or extreme highlighter, but your tastes may change down the road, and you don’t want to look back on your wedding pictures with regret.

Obviously, you get what you pay for. Don’t book a makeup artist just because they’re cheap, because you’ll want to look back at your pictures with a smile, not a cringe at how unprofessional your makeup looks. Remember that the price of trials may or may not be included in the price you agreed to pay for the wedding day. Also, keep your bridal party in mind. If you’re paying for their makeup to be done, ask for an estimate based on how many people you have.

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