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One of the things that I always recommend to my brides is to have a trail of your wedding day hair and makeup. Working with a professional artist to help create your vision for your wedding day ensures that you and your artist are on the same page for the look you want, as well as selecting the products that are going to work best for you!

  • Select the Right Products for You 

While most makeup artists carry a variety of products in their makeup kit, you don't want your wedding to be the off day your skin decides to have a reaction to a new product. If you know you have an allergy or sensitivity to certain products or ingredients (like latex or talc), your trial would be the optimal time to let your artist know so that they can use products that will suit your skin best.

  • Look Like Yourself

Having the opportunity to do a run through of your wedding hair and makeup gives you the chance to see what you'll look like before the actual event. You've spent all this time combing through magazines and Pinterest and bookmarking beautiful inspiration. However, what looks great one on person might not suit you.  I always encourage brides to select hair and makeup that will enhance their natural beauty and feel confident. Pick a look that makes you still look like yourself!

  • Test it out

It's not everyday that you get dressed up with a fancy updo or false lashes.  If you want to do something different for your wedding day, a trail would be the perfect time to test it out and see how it feels after a few hours.  Did too many bobby pins give you a headache or did the false lashes tickle you?  Take some time testing them out and tell your artist if there are any changes you want to make on the day of the wedding.  

  • Plan Your Look

You've heard the phrase, "poor planning prevents proper performance." Well, the same goes for planning your hair and makeup look in advance. Don't want until the last minute to figure out what kind of look you want. Set you and your artist up for success by scheduling a makeup trial to figure out the look that will be most flattering. Try to picture yourself on your wedding day.  What kind of feel or theme do you have for the wedding?  This might help deciding what you want your hair and makeup to look like.  Still stuck?  Ask your artist for recommendations!  Take the extra time to decide how exactly you want to look.

  • Get to Know Your Artist

The trail is a great way to meet your artist that you will be working with on your wedding day!  If for no other reason, schedule a trial so that you can spend some extra time with a person who will be responsible for helping make your wedding day. Take a little time to know your hair and makeup artist - ask questions, tell them about your day of timeline or your family members who might need some extra time or patience. Share any details that might help them do their job on the day-of or to make you feel more comfortable on your wedding day.