The Purpose of Your Trial

The Trial is Just That – A trial ...

It is only a practice run, like a rehearsal for a play, where we play with ideas, colours, styles and techniques. It is where we discover together what to do, and also what not to do on your wedding day. This is the day when we are allowed to make mistakes. I make notes at your trial of what to do but also of what not to do with regard to makeup and hair on your big day. Your trial is an opportunity to experiment, and have fun with colours, and there is no pressure, because we have our notes of colours and shades, which I will take with me on your wedding day. Nothing is engraved in stone at your trial. Anything can be modified thereafter, if you send me your feedback in an email. Your feedback during the trial is necessary and very helpful. 

How to dress for your trial: 

Something cool and casual in hot, humid weather, preferably strapless or strappy. Something the colour of your wedding gown is best. Bridesmaids and mothers also, should try their best to wear the identical colours which they will be wearing on the wedding day.

Please Speak Up: Remember no one can read your mind. 

Make sure that you communicate your thoughts at your trial. You are welcome to change anything after your trial, just let me know by email and I will change it in my notes. You are welcome to make a booking for a second trial. The second trial will be cash only. The first trial will be included in your bridal makeup quote which is payable via EFT on booking.  

YOUR opinion and Your Makeup Artist's Opinion are what Matters Most: 

Too many opinions interfere with the magic of getting best results. That is one reason why I do not allow anyone to sit in at trials please, where they may overpower your ability to communicate with your make-up artist or overpower your ability to listen to your own instincts. Instead of bringing family or friends in to your trial space, rather make a plan to go out afterwards, to get their opinion, and report back. At this point of wedding planning, the bride-to-be is often already stressed enough without further stress from others.  

Techniques, Products and Colours are Recorded:

During or directly after your trial, I will be writing down all techniques, products and colours used, plus my own pointers for me to remember to do or not to do on your wedding day. Please note that the camera usually absorbs up to 40% of the colour saturation (intensity) of your makeup, which is why you sometimes need to allow your makeup artist to add more colour intensity, like more blusher and brighter lip colour to your face, especially if you wear white or if your bouquet flowers are bright. Bright flowers require brighter lips on you - Your flowers must not overshadow your own beauty. 

Beforehand form ideas for eye and lip Colours, but be open to new approaches: 

Your make-up artist may suggest you head in a different direction colour-wise, to what you had planned.  The trial gives you the chance to live with a look for a few hours to discover whether or not you feel comfortable with it. Many brides-to-be these days don't mind if their fiance's see their makeup or dress before the day, (sigh), but truly there is nothing more romantic and passionate than the sight of a groom doing a complete double-take, from the pleasant surprise, when he first lays his eyes on his bride as she walks down the isle. To get your money's worth, why not consider booking your trial on a day that you have planned to go out somewhere with your lady friends, and need to look good? 

Your Make-up Artist Wants to get to Know You. 

Please don’t feel overwhelmed if your make-up artist has a lot of questions to ask you. We need to find out more about your personality and how you like to wear your hair and makeup. We need your co-operation to get the best out of us at your trial. Your makeup must match your personality!  

Don’t forget to Have Fun! 

A marriage is a joyous occasion, and the preparations should be too! Get enough sleep and rest, weeks in advance, so that you will be awake and focused at your trial and on your wedding day. Your wedding day is not the day for you to do any planning, taking any calls or running around to fix the hall. Leave all that up to your maid of honor and bridesmaids to handle, after all it is their job to delegate final wedding preparations, without bothering the bride for anything, on her special day. Absolutely have champagne before your ceremony ... but pace yourself - You will not bring the best out of your service providers or enjoy your own wedding if you are sleepy, inebriated, stressed or grumpy before your ceremony!

Finally, dear bride-to-be: 

I have always considered it an honor to share part of your very special day with you! I am warm and friendly and down to earth - I look forward to meeting you!

Beauty tips for brides-to-be:

Don’t change your skin routine:

Don’t start using a new face-wash or any new cosmetics just prior to your wedding day. The skin may react negatively to your new skin regime and it may take a while to come right again. Start using any new products or skin regimes, many months in advance of your wedding day, to avoid a bad skin reaction on your wedding day. 

Get as much sleep and as you can before your wedding day, especially the night before. I simply cannot stress this enough:

If I arrive at the venue to do the bride’s makeup I usually ask how they slept the night before. If they tell me they hardly slept or haven’t had good sleep for a long time, then I know their stress levels are going to be high on their wedding day, or their special day will pass by in a blur because they were too “calm” from overdose of rescue or champagne. Surely you don’t want your only memories of your wedding day to be what you can glean from your wedding photos. You want to be awake for it all surely! Girl don’t do that to yourself. You are supposed to be relaxed and enjoy your wedding day, not be tired and stressed on such an important day!  Never mind what lack of sleep does to your skin and overall appearance. If I realized the necessity of this myself before my own wedding day I would not have had puffy bags under my eyes on my wedding day photos. Don't worry though, while I cannot hide everything, I can certainly hide a lot of sins! 

Hydrate your body as much as you can before your wedding day:

Makeup creeps in under dry, scaly skin, and stays there until you wash it off again. Therefore always keep your skin exfoliated (don't become addicted to exfoliation as I did), and hydrated. If you are dehydrated it will show in your skin first. Creams can do only so much to hydrate your skin. The only real way to do it is to drink lots of water, and milk, along with green leafy veggies. 

Drink milk on its own, or in your cereal:

Ever wondered why you have dark circles under your eyes? Besides heredity being the main culprits, It’s because you only drink milk in your tea and coffee, seldom or never neat, you don’t get enough sleep, you drink alcohol, you never drink water, and you don’t have enough variety in your diet. You can’t eat meat and potatoes every day, or chicken every day, and nothing else. Your body needs fish, veggies and fruit also, these are food groups that people often refuse to eat or just forget about them. One ripe banana alone has so much in it that is good for your health. When it comes to all the food groups, variety in moderation is what good nutrition is all about. 

Makeup on your wedding day:

Don’t have your bachelorette party the night before, or even the week before your wedding day. Two weeks before is better. Go to bed early every night at least a week before your wedding day. 

Skin Care:

Use a gentle face wash. It is important to exfoliate, but only according to the directions on the product. Be careful not to become addicted to exfoliating as I was. I began to exfoliate every day. Initially I got so many compliments for my skin. Then I noticed a red patch on my cheek, but it took me about a year and very unnecessarily expensive trip to the dermatologist, before the penny dropped that I was damaging my skin with the daily exfoliation, so please girls – don’t exfoliate daily! 


Tone your skin with Rose water or any good alcohol-free toner. You will be amazed at how much more dirt comes off that cleansing pad after you have washed your face. Toner will work like an astringent to help close your pores. Your makeup will look better if you “train” your pores to stay closed many months in advance of your wedding day. Your skin will look healthier and more beautiful. Always moisturize after toner. 

Do moisturize with SPF daily: Gauge you own skin type and use a suitable moisturiser with your skin type in mind. If you don’t like the oiliness there are many on the market which are silky and non-oily. If you start to break out, skip the day moisturizer and use only your night cream until your skin clears up again. 


The night before and in the morning of your wedding day use a night cream on your face. Don’t use any cosmetics or makeup containing SPF. Night creams have no SPF (sun protection factor) in them. SPF contains titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide reflects the flash and can make you look ghostly. If you use concealer with high SPF around your eyes for instance, then it will show in the photos as a white circle around your eyes. If your foundation has high SPF then your whole face will look white. Even though some say this no longer happens with modern digital photography, most makeup artists prefer to still avoid SPF in makeup products on their brides especially – just for in case! 


Makeup does not look good on anybody whose eyebrows are untidy. Let me or a beautician neaten your eyebrows before your wedding day. But tweeze or thread, don’t wax. I regularly hear so many scary stories. Days after, when the brides come to me for their makeup trials, I see the damage done by “professionals” who do waxing - so to be safe stick to threading rather. Don’t have it done on the morning of your wedding day, in case your skin is sensitive, have it done one or two days before, by a beautician or by your makeup artist who will most likely use the tweezing method. 

Chapped lips:

The last thing a bride wants on her wedding day is beautiful eye makeup with chapped lips. Do take care of your lips well in advance of your wedding day. Never use a toothbrush or anything abrasive on your lips, as often advised in magazines. Do not exfoliate your lips daily. Simply moisturize them even if they are chapped or peeling. Moisturize them day and night. The only way to have soft lips is to hydrate your body by drinking water, by minimizing your coffee intake, and to stay away from alcohol and cigarettes altogether.

I am a only phone call or email away if you have any questions at all about how to prepare your skin and hair for your wedding day!


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