1. Follow your artists instructions! Does she ask you to bring pictures, come wearing your normal makeup, to come with a clean face? Do what she asks. All artists have a setup that lets them work the most efficiently, they will let you know in advance what you need to do to help her work efficiently.
2. Do your research. Hop online and flip through your wedding magazines. Come up with pictures of hair styles that you love. Look at makeup pictures and save some that you love. Also, know what you absolutely don't want. If you find yourself browsing and hating hard structured hair styles, make a note of that. Can't stand the cat eyeliner trend? Make a note of that.
For makeup especially, a picture is worth a thousand words.Here are two examples of my work to illustrate my point better. Both are smokey eyes, but are drastically different. When you tell your artist you want a smokey eye, they don't know if you want one of these two looks, or for it to be hot pink, or any of the other millions of variations there are.
|Makeup by Treja, heavy smokey eye|
|Makeup by Treja, soft smokey eye|
3. Don't be set on a specific look. Bring looks as inspiration only. If you come to me telling me to make you look like Kim Kardashian, I can't do that unless you are Kim Kardashian. What I CAN do is take the aspects of her makeup that you like, and make it work with your face shape and features, and the feel of your wedding. If you bring me a picture of Jessica Alba's updo, but your hair is stick straight and heavy, I can't replicate that exactly. But I can adapt the style to your hair texture and give you something with a similar feel.
4. Don't forget who you are. If you don't wear makeup daily, and hardly put any on when you go out, if you pick a makeup inspiration photo that's got a super heavy eye look, or a bright lipstick, think about whether or not you will be comfortable wearing that on your wedding day. Some people are, some see the look on their face and freak out and need to start over. Same thing the other way. If you wear red lipstick daily, and love a good liquid liner with blush and tons of mascara, will you be comfortable with a very neutral "bridal" makeup look? You want to look and feel your best. Your artist can look at your face and instantly get a million ideas all over the scale of ways to style you, but not all of those looks will suit you as a bride.
5. Be open to suggestions. Chances are, your artist has worked weddings at your venue before and will have great suggestions that will make your wedding day easier and help your look fit with your overall wedding vibe. If you are having an outdoor ceremony in a notoriously windy place, having all your hair down and in your face might not be the best plan. If your veil style won't work with the hair style you have selected, your artist can offer different ideas to make everything flow together. When I do a trial, we discuss venue, dress style, wedding vibe, wedding colors, wedding theme, veil style, daily personal style, and even the bouquet before we start talking about makeup or hair. This lets me get a picture in my head of your wedding and helps me to best prepare your look for you wedding.
6. Lastly, take advantage of your makeup and hair. Book it when you have a night out planned or something else going on. You've just spent about 2 hours getting all dolled up, go show it off. It also will let you see how your makeup and hair hold up for the day.
When my clients do their homework, the trial flies by and we can usually come up with the perfect look on the first shot, or with a few slight alterations. When a client comes in with no idea what they want and we are starting from scratch, it takes FAR longer, and can sometimes lead to overtime fees or a second trial needing to be booked.
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