Should You Get A Makeup Trial Before Your Wedding

Should You Get A Makeup Trial Before Your Wedding

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If there’s one day in a girl’s life when she wants to look nothing less than perfect, it is the day of her wedding! Now imagine your big day is finally here, and the only thing you want is for it to go smoothly without any hiccups! And just the way you go in for multiple fittings for your dress and consider different options for venues, decor, food, etc. The makeup that you’ll be wearing on the big day is just as important. However, some people tend to skip on getting makeup trials for various reasons. Some don’t want to add to extra expenses, some are way too busy to make time for a trial, and some don’t know the importance of getting a makeup trial before their big day, and trust us, it’s a bad idea!

It would help if you got a makeup trial before your wedding because picking a look for your wedding is like dress shopping. You’re probably going to try on the dress you like before you purchase it. Similarly, you want to make sure that the makeup artist you hired can give you a look you want.  

What is a makeup trial?

Just like you try on different dresses before finding that one unique dress, a makeup trial helps you pick the right makeup artist and the right makeup look that compliments you in every way. Your makeup trial will provide you with an early glimpse of how you will look on your wedding day.

What to expect from a makeup trial?

Think of your makeup trial as a practice run for your bridal makeup. Since you’ve been planning for the big day for months, it only makes sense that you want everything to be as perfect as it can be, which is why it is essential to do a test run for your makeup.

You should keep in mind when going in with inspiration pictures; you should keep in mind how the images on the internet have been retouched and edited to fit a certain aesthetic. Poreless skin, perfect skin without any texture, isn’t achievable in real life. Similarly, everyone has different features; what looks excellent on Kim Kardashian might not look good on you, so keep your facial features in mind.

Why should I get a makeup trial?

When we think of our big day, most of us have a specific look in mind that we want to carry; some want it to be dramatic, some want it to be natural, while some prefer the middle ground according to their personal preferences. 

For inspiration, most of us have a particular celebrity, a specific influencer in mind, a specific friend in mind, and how they look. And while there’s no harm in being inspired by someone else’s makeup look, the goal should be to choose something that flatters you rather than trying to look like someone else. To check whether a particular look suits you, it’s better to try the look beforehand rather than leaving it to your wedding day, because trust us, things can go wrong and with almost no time to spare you have no other choice but to carry the look.

Often, people leave it to their makeup artists to decide what kind of makeup look would suit them. And while there’s no doubt that your MUA knows best, it is also possible that their style does not reflect your personality. Getting a trial beforehand will ensure that you and the makeup artist are on the same page, and you can point out anything that you don’t like or want to change in the look.

Getting a trial also gives you the chance to know your MUA; when you’re getting ready on the big day, you want to make sure that you’re comfortable with your MUA and personality. Keep in mind that different people have different ways when dealing with clients; you may find someone too rash for your taste, and without a trial before the wedding day, you’ll be stuck with them and their rough personality, which is the last thing you’d want on your big day.

Makeup trials are also a great way to test the wear and durability of the look that you want. To get the best out of your makeup trial, we recommend booking your trial in the morning of a busy day to test how your skin will act on your special day and how well your makeup is going to last on your big day. This is also a great way to check if any of the products being used gives you a reaction. Record everything you witness throughout the day regarding your makeup and get in touch with your MUA to update her.

Getting a makeup trial will also give you an idea of how long you’ll need for the makeup; this way, you can better your wedding day. You’ll know exactly when to get started with hair, when to get started with makeup and when to go in with final fittings. 

How many trials should I have?

You can have as many trials as you want, but there are a few things to be mindful of when booking your trials. Makeup trials don’t come free, so booking a trial with every MUA you have on your list can burn a hole in your pocket. It is better to narrow down your list to the top 3 MUAs of your choosing and then booking in your trials.

If you have one MUA that you’ve dreamt of getting your makeup done by and know that this is the only MUA you want, we recommend booking a trial. If you find a different look you are interested in, you should go in for another trial to see how the look works. Minor changes like lip colors, change of blush shades do not require a trial. We also recommend wearing something the same color as your wedding dress when going in for a trail to get a gist of the result on your big day.

When should I book my trial?

As with many other wedding details, you are timing your makeup trials is critical. Depending on how busy the MUA is, we recommend going in for trials a few months before the wedding. This way, you’ll have time to salvage your skin just if you’re sensitive to any of the products used. It also provides you with a fair idea of the weather that you’ll be enduring during the wedding, which will help your MUA pick the right combination of products according to the weather.

How to prep for my makeup trial?

When going in for a makeup trial, the first thing you need to do is come prepared. Make an inspiration board and add to it the photos you love and the looks you’re considering for your big day. The more pictures you’ll bring, the more your makeup artist will be able to interpret the kind of look that you’ve envisioned for yourself.

When getting your makeup done, make sure you ask your MUA for tips and tricks to touch up and fix anything if needed, take notes and as you go about your day, try incorporating those tips to get the hang of them.

Try wearing the same color to your trial appointment as your wedding dress to get a better idea of what you’ll look like with the dress on. 

Take pictures, lots of pictures. Once the wedding day is over, all you’ll have to cherish the day are the pictures. Make sure you take a lot of images from different angles and in different lighting to work out what works best for you and how well the makeup shows in pictures.


It is safe to say that makeup trials are just as crucial for the bride as any other trials around the wedding. After all, it is your big day, and you should look and feel at your best!


As the head artist of Farishta Beauty I was inspired by many young individuals who were just like me passionate about makeup.
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