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Bridal Hair & Makeup Trial: What to Expect

Why You Should Book a Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial

Before I try anything new, I research the heck out of it. My coworkers thought it was hilarious when I told them I mentally prepared for my first massage by looking up YouTube videos of professional masseuses at work. Laugh at my new experience anxiety all you want! At least I will always know what I’m getting myself into. I’ve shared with you the virtues of booking a hair and makeup trial before your wedding, so let’s talk a little bit more about what to expect.

Anna Dutko and Lo Edwards at Style Hair and Makeup in Tampa were a bridal beauty powerhouse, and their office space is something out of Pinterest!

Style Hair and Makeup in Tampa, Florida

What to Wear to Your Wedding Makeup Trial

I can’t seem to dress myself for anything without stressing out about it. A lot of help articles recommended wearing white to a makeup trial to get a similar effect to a wedding gown and get an idea for how the colors will pop. Since I’m so fair, I took this advice because one of my biggest fears was looking washed out. While I don’t think this is a make-or-break decision, it helped put my mind at ease.

Can I Wear Makeup to My Bridal Makeup Trial?

It’s totally up to you if you wear makeup to your preview! If you do, you’ll have to remove it anyway, so you might want to save yourself a little time and go in with fresh, clean, moisturized skin. I went to my trial straight from the airport, and I didn’t want to go bare faced, so I washed my face at the trial.

Style Hair and Makeup in Tampa, Florida

Bring Pictures to Your Hair & Makeup Trial

The first thing Anna and Lo asked when I sat down was to share pictures of the look I wanted. I pulled up my Bridal Makeup Pinterest board to show them the hair style and eye makeup I was after, as well as a few different lip shades. I explained what I liked about each image, and Anna and Lo went to work!

During the Makeup Trial

Don’t be afraid to speak up about what you like and dislike! The trial is your chance to create a custom look with your artist that reflects YOU. Also, ask your artist to take photographs of you in the natural light so you can see how it looks on camera and and you can look back on the photos later on if you have second thoughts.

After the Makeup Trial

Pay attention to how the products wear on your skin. Does the color change? Does the foundation break down in your oily t-zone? Does the lip color slide off of your lips? Does the blush become amplified with your natural cheek color? On your wedding day you will likely get ready several hours before the ceremony begins, and the makeup will need to last many, many hours. My ceremony and reception were a total of 5 hours, yikes! There are absolutely things you can do to touch up during the wedding day, but powdering your nose will be the last thing on your mind when you’re in the middle of the best day of your life.


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