Hair and Makeup Trial – Honest Opinions Please

posted 3 months ago in Beauty
Post # 2
9860 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

soontoberachelreichert :  you’re beautiful, so you can’t go wrong here. But are you sure this MUA was a professional? I’ve never seen a professional pull blush all the way to the nasal folds. That’s not a great look on anyone.

this look could easily be knocked down to work for you with a few simple tweaks:

1- a nude pink lip instead of a dark lip with heavy eye makeup 

2- a lighter, more blended and carefully placed blush 

3- lighter lashes and liner, no brow lining or heavy powder 

you have great bone structure and eyes, so having your eyes emphasized is going to photograph well. I just don’t get the rest of the choices made, esp for someone who doesn’t normally wear make up. This is more the look to give someone who wants a stylized, insta heavy inspired look. It’s pretty but not you.

still can’t get over the blush. Blush goes on apples of cheeks, no where near the nose folds. 


Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

It is very glam, very pretty, but there’s something up with the brows- it looks messy? If they’re doing brows it should be very neat, clean. 

Post # 4
20 posts

soontoberachelreichert :  I actually think it looks much better than you made it sound! It still looks like you, just more glammed up. I think less darkness in the eyeshadow and a lighter lip shade would make a ton of difference in terms of making you feel more “natural” if that’s your concern! You could also have her use a lighter touch in filling in your eyebrows.

Regarding hairstyle: you should pick the style you want and show her pictures. I don’t see anything wrong with it, but if you feel that it’s aged then choose a different hair inspiration photo! I don’t necessarily think that’s her fault unless she did your hair much differently than what you had asked for.

Post # 5
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I think it’s too much make-up and you won’t feel like yourself. I also don’t usually wear much make-up so I went with a more natural look. I think your blush is too dark and probably not the right color for your skin color. The eye shadow is also too dark. You might want to go with a dark brown eyeliner/mascara rather than black. That’s what I do because I’m very pale. I don’t think the eyeshadow is the right color. I’d go with a lighter lipstick. If you’re going to have dark eyes, you probably want a more nude lipstick. 

I went to Sephora for a trial and bought make-up for the wedding there. You could do something like that. I also watched lots of YouTube videos on natural wedding make-up. Was your make-up artist darker skinned than you? I feel like she wasn’t taking into account your paler skin when planning what make-up to use. You are very lovely and don’t need a lot of make-up.

Post # 6
48 posts

I love the makeup, including the blush. It does seem to photograph beautifully. If in person, it doesn’t look/feel great, could you ask for airbrushing?

I’m not a huge fan of the updo. Like you said, it seems dated. Find something you like on pinterest 🙂

Post # 12
1380 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I think you look very pretty, both with and without make-up. Like you, I don’t wear a lot of make-up normally and didn’t want to look too much unlike myself, so my sister did my make-up, and my aunt did my hair. My DH and I agree that I looked gorgeous on our wedding day, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to spend any money on hair and make-up. 🙂

If you do something simple like this, you should be able to do it yourself or with a friend/family member’s help, and I think you’ll look just as beautiful! 🙂

Post # 14
9860 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

soontoberachelreichert :  ok that makes sense because I used to be a MUA and I’ve never seen that before. 

In this case, I would just tell her the truth and do it yourself or have someone help you.

A pro would  never have out that much make up, or that heavily applied, on someone who doesn’t wear make up normally, for a live event much less their wedding.

Be comfortable with yourself- that’s the number one key to beauty. If that means you do a light ususally make up look, great. 

I would suggest you go to a make up counter to get blush and lipstick that is perfect for your skin color, as a bridal treat. Nothing muddy or too dark. With your skin and hair, a light, clean bridal look will be beautiful. 

Post # 15
8 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

Hi soontobe! I think the trial looks lovely on you, but do what makes you feel most comfortable and what you know will make you feel your best on the day. You look lovely in your ‘usually you’ photo as well.

I had a lot of friends and family constantly telling me I should get my hair and makeup done professionally because it would look nicer in the photos, stand out more etc. I got worried I wouldn’t like it on the day, or my fiance would think I looked different and I really wanted to look like me (I wear makeup but not heavy eye make up, and I never wear my hair up).


In the end I went with my instinct and did my own hair and make-up (hair down and wavy and my usual make-up). I’m so glad I did it as I wasn’t panicking at all on the day about it.


If you wanted a slight change, you could maybe ask the artist to do lighter makeup, or as others have suggested, get a friend or relative to do it? Or maybe watch some YouTube videos to get tips to make changes yourself? X

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