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What to Expect During a Trial Run

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

You've found your artist. You've signed a contract. You've officially booked your first trial run.

Now what?

Here's what to expect for your first trial run and how you can prepare for it.

What is the purpose of a trial run?

A trial run is an appointment to determine if your artist is a good fit for your makeup needs, and it also serves as a time for you to decide what type of makeup look you want for your event or wedding.

What should I do to prepare for a trial run?

One of the best things you can do to prepare for a trial run is to have some inspiration of what makeup look you want. If you're pulling pictures from Pinterest or Instagram, find models that have similar eye shapes, facial features, and complexions as you. Another thing you can do to prepare for a trial run is play around with your own makeup. Try on some different colored lipsticks or eyeshadows to better gauge what colors compliment your complexion and which do not. You can also play around with different finishes of makeup like matte, dewey, glossy, etc. The more you're able to decide what you like and don't like, the easier your trial run will be.

The first thing you can expect from a trial run with me is a consultation. I will ask you a bunch of questions to understand your comfort level with makeup, what colors would compliment your wedding colors, any likes and dislikes, and your overall vision. I'm not a mind reader, but I will try my best to listen to your wants and translate your vision to real life.

You can also expect me to frequently check in with you. Every step of the way, I will check in to ensure we are on the right track for your desired makeup look. I will also ask questions, such as, do you want your eyeshadow darker, would you like more coverage, is this the lip color you pictured, etc? That way, at the end of your appointment, you're not taken completely by surprise at your finished look.

The last thing you can expect is making adjustments. I will always encourage you to speak up and tell me if you liked or disliked something I did. Maybe you chose a berry lip color and once applied, you don't like it as much. Please let me know! I will definitely make that adjustment during your trial run. Since everyone's skin is different, some products may not work as well on your skin as another person's skin. For example, if you noticed you were oily throughout the day of wearing your trial run makeup, this is something very important to communicate to me. It's not common for adjustment like these, but there's always the chance of it happening. As long as you're telling me these things, I can and will work with you to make any adjustments you need. Do not worry about offending me because serving you is a huge part of my job. This is YOUR big day. I want you to feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful for an event you'll remember for a lifetime.

I hope this blog gives you more insight as to what to expect for your trial run. Booking a makeup artist can be a big investment, but know that I'm fully invested in our trial run to ensure everything is perfect for your special day.

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