Her goal is to ensure you get the most out of this experience.

By Courtney Levia
April 16, 2020
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Choosing your wedding-day beauty look is nothing short of exciting, but it's important go into your trial with your makeup artist informed. A makeup trial, according to makeup artist Tara Dowburd, should be a partnership between the artist and the bride. And the number one most important thing to remember is that this partnership definitely requires a clear and open stream of communication, she says.

To ensure that your makeup trial is efficient and successful, we asked Dowburd (and other professional makeup artists!) to share everything brides shouldn't do during their makeup trial, which ensures both you and your artist are on the same page. From voicing your concerns to what to wear to your trial, below are ten key pointers worth keeping in mind.

Don't Feel Like You Can't Voice Your Opinion

"Be honest with your feedback on how you feel about your look," says Mar R., creative director of TEAM Hair & Makeup. This is the time to be particular and try things out, she explains, but be clear about your thoughts on each new idea you try. A professional artist will be able to address each piece of feedback by physically fixing or changing it.

Don't Try Any Skin Treatments You Haven't Used Before

"Don't do any peels or skin treatments that you haven't used before," says Katherine McCall, event coordinator at Facetime Beauty. Your skin might have an adverse reaction to them, she explains.

Don't Stress

"Don't stress about things you can't control," McCall says. Try to enjoy the day and let someone else deal with the rest, she suggests. Your only job is to explain the look you're going for and provide accurate feedback about how you feel in regard to each look.

Don't Be Swayed by the Opinions of Others

"People have lots of opinions about everything, but it's not necessary to take them to heart," McCall advises. Bring only a small group of trusted family members or friends to your makeup trial, and remember that your opinion is the one that matters most.

Don't Scroll Through Your Phone

"Don't constantly be on your phone," McCall advises. Try to give your makeup artist the same respect and attention they are giving you, she recommends.

Don't Come in Unprepared

"For the trial to run smoothly, it's extremely helpful for the client to have an idea of what they love (and don't love!) in regards to makeup looks and products," says Dowburd. Your makeup artist wants you to share all of this information before you start the application, she advises.

Don't Wear Makeup

"Don't come to your trial with a full face of makeup on," Dowburd explains. Instead, arrive with a freshly-cleansed and hydrated face, she suggests. This will give your artist a great canvas to start with and will save you both time.

Don't Rush Your Makeup Trial

"We don't want you to feel rushed, but we also don't want to feel rushed," Dowburd says. "I find it's best to block out up to two hours to do the makeup trial, so there's time for questions or changes," she explains.

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