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Your Essential Guide to Wedding Makeup Prep

Written by Tania Ferguson

here are people who are good at makeup, and then there are makeup artists!  


How to choose a makeup artist for your wedding:

  • When booking a makeup artist, it’s important to bring your own ideas and inspiration to the table while also listening and letting them guide you on what’s suited to your style and colouring.  

  • Not all great makeup artists will have a strong social media following but they should have clear, unedited images of their work to give you a sense of what you can expect from them. 

  • It’s always a good idea to read reviews and testimonials to get an idea of how the person will work on the day. 

  • Be sure to meet your artist. If you don’t feel a connection, move on – you don’t want to spend all that time on your day with someone that isn’t your vibe.  


Why have a makeup trial:

  • Your makeup trial is an opportunity to meet with your makeup artist and determine if you like their style – within the first 15 minutes you will know if they know if they’re what you need.

  • Booking a trial is also an opportunity to visualise how you will look on your wedding day. Where possible you should also consider booking other services like your hair and spray tan around the same time to bring your entire look together before the big day.  

  • Book your trial in the morning to see how the makeup wears for a full day and transitions from day to evening lighting. It’s important to remember that colour choices and intensities can always be tweaked on the day! 


Skin prep:

  • Your makeup is only as good as the base you’re working with. Doing a little skin prep before you jump in the chair can make a HUGE difference!   

  • Depending on your skin type, your skin care regime should include regular prep such as exfoliation and hydration 1-2 times a week. Doing this the night before your makeup appointment will remove dead skin and give you a smoother, more youthful appearance.  

  • To give your skin a boost of hydration and brightness, opt for a sheet mask and combine with a moisturising treatment. Apply the night before and get ready to glow!  

  • Hydrate from within by drinking plenty of water in the lead up. Dehydrated skin can look lack lustre and makeup can appear cakey on the skin.   

What to wear to your trial:

  • Wear something that can be easily removed, opting for clothing with a zip, buttons or wider collar is ideal. 

  • Avoid wearing bright or dark colours as they can throw off the total vibe you’re going for and can sometimes influence your overall makeup look.   


The biggest thing to remember is to attend your appointment with an open mind, have trust in your makeup artist and be true to your own style and unique beauty. 

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