Wedding makeup question: I hated my makeup trial; what to do?

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 16
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Voicing your feelings is fine! Letting her know it’s not her skills, just your preference to tone down your eyes (sans lashes) and just stick to light application of powder with no foundation shouldn’t be a problem! If she takes personal offence to it then that’s on her. Hope it gets talked out and I’m sure you’ll look beautiful on the day! 

Post # 17
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Santa Barbara, CA

I am a makeup artist also and I never get offended if a client wants to change the makeup/coverage/colors.  It’s also important to ask what style makeup a client wants.  It seems like she assumed she knew what you needed/wanted.  

The foundation sounds like it was a full coverage and a dewy texture.  I would let her know you want a sheer coverage and matte texture, or a little concealer where needed and a setting powder.  Tell her you want to be able to see your skin through the makeup.  Did she use eyeliner on the eyes? What style of liner did she do? Wing? Thin/med/thick? Did she line under/over or inside?  Eyeliner can make the eyes smaller or bigger depending where it’s placed.  

For eyeshadow, I would let her know to use a champagne color on the lid and light brown in the crease, just to lightly define your eyes.  And don’t feel forced to wear false lashes! Put your foot down, and if you’re not sure what to say tell her they bother your eyes.

How did the makeup look in photos? 

You can also go into a makeup store/counter and buy/get a sample of the foundation you like, and have her use your products.

Post # 18
358 posts
Helper bee

I HATED my makeup trial. I wear makeup on a daily basis and know damn well how to apply it on my own, but I figured it would be nice to have a pro do it for my wedding. My trail run, the artist went way too minimal on the eyes and way too heavy on the face. She completely ignored my (barely there, blonde) eyebrows. She didn’t want to put lashes on for my trial because she “didn’t want to waste them”…K.

I told her that I was going in another direction because I felt it would be a nice bonding moment for all my girls and I to do our makeup together. Which it was – we all gathered around my dining table and had a makeup fest. We know how to apply makeup well so the photos turned out beautifully!

Post # 19
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My makeup trail was not something that I loved. I was happy enough with the makeup. I wrote her a detailed (I’m sure a little crazy) list of notes for the day of my makeup. Down to- blush slightly more pink, eyebrows more arche, etc. 

I also watched my day of makeup very carefully. She did bottom liner which I hate on me and I had her take it off. 

For me the way it felt easier to give feedback was, “could you change that, it doesn’t feel like me and I want to fell like me for my wedding day” 

Post # 20
4662 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I hated my hair triai enough to decide to di my own hair. And I’m not really a girly girl.

The lash comment would also rub me up the wrong way.

Personally, I think you need to feel comfortable. My hair trial was so awful that the idea of her doing it in the day freaked me out. I’m not married yet so who knows if I made the right choice. 

Fwiw my SIL did her own makeup and looked amazing, you’d never have known.

Post # 21
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I had a very similar experience except I really jived with my artist.  I just hated the result (partially due to micommunications and lighting).  

I ended up booking a second trial with her (and unfortunately paid for it) and told her I didn’t love the first look.

The second time I was very vocal about changes.  I said “don’t use this color, take off most of this blush, don’t wing out the eyeliner so much.”  I also had lots of pictures to show her.  


It cost me an extra $150 but it was worth the piece of mind, as I was literally distraught after my first trial and did not feel like myself at all.

Post # 22
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

First wedding,  I did my own and liked how it looked.  Second time I will have a mua.

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