What to expect at your Bridal Makeup Trial!

The purpose of your makeup trial is for you to see what you envision. It will put you at ease and give you the confidence to look like your most beautiful self on your wedding day!


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Beautiful bride to be Ashley wants her makeup to look natural and glowing; with slight pops of color for her wedding day! Here is the look we came up with at her trial.  As you can see, she is already gorgeous in her before, so I wanted to keep her natural beauty to shine through, while enhancing her features and making her skin have a soft glow!

-Ill start out by asking you a lot of questions about your expectations and vision, your usual makeup routine, special occasion makeup routine, your skincare routine, and all the details about your day. Its also very helpful to have an itinerary set up for wedding day so we can get everyone ready on time.

-Come with an open mind and also have some ideas of what you like. Keep in mind that what you see in pictures is not going to look exactly like that on you; but having some ideas will help me know what your style is. While it is important to stay true to your style, also be open to trying some new things! Maybe a bit more highlight on your skin or some slight pops of color on your lips may be something you’ve never thought of! If you don’t like it…we will wash it right off!


-Be honest. I want you to love what we create and if there is anything you do not love about your look; tell me! That is why you hired me! Sometimes it takes a few different colors to get the perfect look for you. Makeup isn’t permanent, so if you want something different, we can easily change it around.

-Take care of your skin! Now is a critical time to be gentle on skin, moisturize and exfoliate so that your skin can remain flawless for your wedding day. If you plan on spray tanning for your wedding, don’t book a tanning session and makeup application on the same day. It will be hard to match your true complexion and you may not get an accurate picture of the final outcome. This is a great time to discuss some in office skincare treatments with me; consider facials, microdermabrasion, light chemical peels, etc… I always say that no amount of makeup will look good without healthy looking skin!


-Bring a friend or family member, but not someone that’s going to take control of the session. This is YOUR wedding, and while it is nice to have the support of your loved ones, this should be all about you.

Last but not least, this should be a fun time and a chance to pamper yourself. Have an open mind and relax! Lets have some fun and do some makeup! -Christine 😉

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Take the fear out of foundation!

When Max Factor first developed foundation for film, he was swamped by an overwhelming demand from Hollywood actresses. Foundation became a way to instantly improve the beauty of a woman’s skin. When applied correctly, foundation is meant to even your skin tone and be the base to the rest of your makeup.

But for one reason or another, alot of women are afraid to use foundation. But once you learn the basics of foundation, (ie selection and proper application) you will no longer fear this essential makeup tool!

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Basic tips…
1. Determine skin type-
(dryer and/or mature skin- look for creamier consistencies)
(oily skin types- powder foundation or water-based liquid with matting ingredients)
(normal skin types- you can pretty much try anything!)


2. Select the coverage you desire – full, medium, sheer, tint, BB creams, etc… You decide. But I always say its easier to chose a full – medium coverage and you can chose how much to build upon)

3. Application technique- my favorite application is using a disposable sponge or beauty blender so I can control the amount of product and can build up the coverage. But you can also use stippling brushes, or foundation brushes, or you can even use your fingertips.

Additional foundation tips:

-Dont match it based on your hands for wrists. Foundation must match your neck and, if exposed, your chest.


-Dont use your foundation to make you look tan. Fundation is not meant to be used to darken your skin; its meant to even out your skintone and prep for additional makeup. Instead, go for a bronzer.


-Dont get tricked into buying “mineral makeup” because you think its safer. -All cosmetics contain minerals, but mineral make-up is not always 100 percent natural. Mineral pigments are used in almost every type of make-up, giving products most of their color. Mineral make-up manufacturers sometimes claim that their products are purer and safer than standard cosmetics because they omit many man-made ingredients, but that’s not the case across the board. You may actually have adverse reactions to all natural ingredients so just be careful you don’t get caught in all the hype and educate yourself!

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I highly recommend doing research on what foundations are going to work best for your skin type and needs before walking into a store.   Once you are in the store, (I recommend going to Ulta or a makeup counter to purchase your foundation) don’t be afraid to ask the sales associate for help and sample out a variety of foundations until you find the best for you.  If there is one makeup splurge you want to spend, spend it on foundation!

I hope I took the fear out of foundation and remember you can always contact me if you have more questions!
-Christine 😉