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Feeling deflated post trial

Hi ladies,
Would love to hear your thoughts and shared experiences....feeling pretty flat today.
Yesterday I went to a makeup and hair trial with my mum. I had my hair done first while mum had makeup done. Eventually got there with the hair and largely happy with how it looks but promised it can look neater and more volume on the day, photos below.
Makeup was a different story, not sure if it’s because mum was longer than planned or probably because hair took up all the time but I felt super rushed and here’s what didn’t work out:
- Realised too late how bad lighting was so every time artist asked my opinion I had to walk to a different room to check
- Being asked too frequently what I thought when there was hardly any makeup on my face so I felt self conscious and didn’t like how I looked
- Airbursh foundation - expected this to make my skin look flawless, couldn’t see any difference to my usual skin. So I said this and she kept layering - it just looked flat and lacked any lusture or smoothness - could see my pores and undertones.
- Expected more - just a little bit of blusher, thought wedding makeup would involve hours of tricks with highlighter and all sorts.

I don’t know what to do. I feel the light played a big part and the chaos with having both hair, makeup and my mum there. Feel I should give the lady another chance but equally just was so shocked that she raced about how good airbrush looked on me when I couldn’t even see it. I want very natural makeup but couldn’t see it, I mean I could see all my dark circles and pink blemishes - and she wasn’t planning to conceal or use other liquids.

So long sorry - just not sure what to have expected!


  • Elle25Elle25 Posts: 42 New bride

  • I do love the hair.
    But I also think you have to trust your hair and makeup person. So it might be worth trying another one if you just didn't click with this one.
    I know it's money, but you don't want to have to worry about it on the day...
  • JdotJJdotJ Posts: 196 New bride
    I personally don't like airbrush foundation, i've had it many times for photo shoots and I just don't like the coverage, or lack of. It's exactly as you say, it looks like my normal skin (and I don't have the best skin). I know a lot of makeup artists rave about it but it's just not for me at all, no matter what lighting is used. I would try someone else in all honesty just for a trial and don't have your mum done at the same time, that way all the focus can be on what you like and you won't feel like you're rushing. I'm not saying give up on this hair and makeup artist you've already tried, but there's no harm in trying someone else for comparison. 

  • OmRumOmRum Posts: 947 New bride
    I had a hair and make-up trial and months later still wasn't happy with the hair. I called the artist and organised a second trial. Made me much happier. 
  • If you're not 100% comfortable then you should definitely request another trial or reach out to another artist that could do your makeup if that's the issue. The MOST important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in your suppliers so that the morning of your wedding is as stress-free as possible - you want butterflies about your big moment, not about someone doing your hair/makeup.

    A makeup trial is exactly what it means, a trial. Yes, you will have paid for the privilege of the artist's time and equipment but they are auditioning to work with you. Don't be afraid to call them back for a second one if you're not sure, or start looking at others to try.

    One last alternative might be to have them do your hair and you take a class to learn some pro techniques so you can do your own makeup if you know exactly what you want. It has become surprisingly popular for brides to do their own makeup now. Just worth a thought :)

    (and I don't rate airbrushing. Highlighter is a weapon of choice, you are totally on point with this!!)

    Kirsty x
  • Elle25Elle25 Posts: 42 New bride
    Thank you for all the thoughts and helpful suggestions x x
    I will try another trial but perhaps some makeup lessons as back up and for future fabulousness regardless of the wedding!
  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 4,014 New bride
    Hi Elle

    I had a make up trial which I also hated! It was maybe my fault for telling the artist I wanted 'natural' which meant I looked like I was off to work for the day. I also felt the artist didn't listen to what I asked for- I always wear black flicked liner and when I asked for it she did thin brown liner. I always put make up on my brows as they don't match my hair, she didn't put anything on and when asked said 'I guess I can do that on the day'.

    I asked for advice on here and a lot of people said give her another go! But my heart said NO and I listened to it- she wasn't right for me. I know I could do my own make up way better than that! So after a long and fruitless search for another MUA I liked that's just what I did- my own make up. I loved it! I did a bridal session with Bobbi Brown which got me most of the items I used, plus some stuff I already had. Investing in the Bobbi Brown stuff and new brushes cost me around £250 but that wasn't far off what a MUA wanted and I got to keep it all after. No regrets at all doing my own make up!

    P.S hair looks pretty!
  • @Sammykate long time, no see! Hope you are well!  I remember your posts on doing your own make-up and it turned out beautifully! 
    I would second Sammykate's suggestion, and unless you are not a make-up girl at all, give it a go yourself. I can't stand how I look when other people try and do my make-up, and I agree with you and the others that airbrush foundation is a no-go. 
    If you really don't want to do it for yourself, I would ring your MUA and ask if she is willing to forego the airbrush technique and use traditional liquid foundation. If she's willing, I'd schedule a second trial and bring pictures and ideas of what you do what to look like.  If she's not willing to skip the airbrush, move on to someone else. 
    Whomever does your make-up, make sure they are using a primer, foundation, translucent powder, and setting spray. It's a long day and you're going to need all of these. I'd also suggest with going for a just slightly drier/ more matte product lineup than you usually would because you will likely generate enough of your own "dewyness" as the day progresses. You don't want your face to look like an oil slick by mid-day or for your make-up to start running off.
  • Rach371Rach371 Posts: 1,135 New bride
    Hi sammykate! Welcome back!

    I would echo everyone else on this thread, airbrush foundation made my skin look flat and plastic .I loved my Bobbi brown trial, I did spend about £200 but I'm still using the products now 9 months on. 

    Estée Lauder double wear foundation and urban decay setting spray were also my recommendations .amazing products I can't live without!
  • Hey Elle, 

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience - i can understand your frustration. I’m not sure where abouts you’re getting married but I wonder if I can be of any help? I am a make up artist specialising in bridal and occasions. I cover London, South East and Suffolk but always willing to travel! Please see my work here - and let me know if you’d like to schedule a trial? 

    Sophy x 
  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 4,014 New bride
    KittyFiennes and Rach thank you for the welcome back! I have popped back in to visit the 'YouandYourBaby' section if you'll believe ;)

    Sorry for hijaking OP- if you do decide to do your own then I can suggest the products I used, as said above a matt base and a setting spray are key! Especially if it's about 35 degrees on your wedding day like mine lol.
  • Elle25Elle25 Posts: 42 New bride
    Update - I went back for a second trial by myself and was so much happier with the result. We used Estee Lauder Double Wear - and it is my new favourite foundation. 
  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,957 New bride
    I love Double Wear, amazing stuff!
  • Samantha265Samantha265 Posts: 757 New bride
    I had 3 hair trials in the end, and after a disappointing make up trial I decided to do my own. Best decision I could have made. Nobody knows your skin and your taste like you, and the time it took me to do it was a nice calm quiet moment of me time. (I had no BMs). I second urban decay setting spray, and Laura Mercer loose powder is fab. 
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