Top tips for your Bridal Makeup Trial by Becky Ghent Makeup Artist

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Photos: Fawcett Photography

Hi, I’m Becky Ghent and I am a full time Bridal Makeup artist, I cover all areas but I am located within the Midlands. I am a thirty something, a Mum and a real beauty advocate. Having been in the industry for over 10 years I have been able to put together some top tips to help you get the best out of your Bridal Makeup Trial.

For some people, makeup is a huge part of the day, for others it’s something they want to do to get the best pictures but may feel nervous, especially if not familiar with wearing makeup usually. Whether you’re a makeup junkie or never dipped your toe into the world of makeup, regardless, these top tips should help you get the best out of your trial.

Scheduling Your Trial

The first thing you should do is establish with your makeup artist when the trial is going to take place as a rule of thumb trials are usually executed 6-8 weeks before a wedding. This way you are really happy with your style on the day, what you are wearing, probably have a pretty good idea of your hairstyle and also your skin is going to be pretty similar on the day. If you have your trial too far in advance all of this could change and you will be thinking that your makeup isn’t going to reflect your new choices.


Prep your skin months before, not hours, this means really looking at your skincare. Your makeup artist should be able to give you some advice on how best to do this but I would recommend speaking to a skin specialist who can really help you get a natural glow before you begin. Do not go trying out a new cream, exfoliator or serum 48 hours before your trial in the hope of getting the best skin, this could have completely the opposite affect and you may have a reaction. Don’t worry too much if you get a blemish on the day, this is a minor issue and can be easily covered.

Inspiration Photos

Go with pictures of what you like this way your makeup artist will have a much better understanding of what you are looking for, going in to your trial with no visual and asking for smoky eye leaves far too much in the air of interpretation, your idea of a smoky eye versus your makeup artist’s idea might be two completely different looks.

Also, when looking for Bridal images of makeup I would bare in mind a few things, think about the age of person in the picture, is this similar to your age? Look at the hair colour, is it similar? This can make a huge difference in terms of how it would look on someone, also think about skintone some colours might look too harsh on a lighter complexion but then look beautiful on a deeper skintone. It’s worth noting, that a lot of images online are edited and filtered to the point where skin looks more like computer generated image than a real life model. I would suggest looking for texture on the skin, it’ll be a lot more achievable for your trial.

What to wear

Wear a colour similar to your wedding gown people do not think about this but going for your makeup trial in a black t-shirt is going to really alter the makeup appearance compared to your wedding dress being usually a light ivory or white, try to mimic the colour as best you can and even the neckline if possible.

Similarly, wear your hair in a style you may be having if you are definitely having your hair up, tie it up same for if you are definitely having it down, I realise how importance this one is when you show someone their makeup look finished in the mirror and they are trying to hold their hair up to see how it would look.

Better still, try and schedule your hair and makeup trial on the same day. Get a friend or family members opinion but don’t forget what you like! Ultimately this is your big day and if you leave your trial absolutely loving the makeup that is all that matters. Opinions are nice, but are sometimes, controversially, not welcomed, only you know how you want to feel on your big day and if that’s all out glam then go for it, if that’s a minimum paired down makeup look then go for it too.


Finally, be honest it’s only makeup. If you leave from your makeup artist not 100% happy then you are going to be nervous on the big day and not comfortable. I can assure you any makeup artist would much rather you be completely honest. Makeup is very personal and having that open communication with your artist is going to make you feel a lot more comfortable on the big day. Ultimately, enjoy it! For most people this is their first time having their makeup professionally completed, enjoy the pamper session and use it as an opportunity to get to know your makeup artist on a friendly level before your wedding, on the day you’ll feel so happy to see a familiar face walking in to make you feel like the best version of you.

If you’d like to visit my Instagram or Facebook page to look for images for inspiration to show your makeup artist, all my images are not edited or filtered.

From Brides (and Becky), With Love xo

1 comment

  1. I came across this wonderful forum and wanted to share my personal experience. I recently got married and I can't stress enough the importance of trial bridal makeup. It helped me make sure my makeup was exactly what I wanted it to be on my special day. The tips shared on this forum are accurate and can go a long way towards achieving the look you want. As someone who loves makeup and beauty, I would like to recommend this beauty course to anyone who wants to learn more about makeup applications and techniques.