To save some wear and tear on your nerves on that big day, by all means, schedule a consultation, or even better, a complete makeup application before the big day with your makeup artist. Plan it for the rehearsal dinner, or a special evening out alone with your groom, or a get together with all the bridesmaids. Don't overlook this very important step because this way you can see if you like your makeup artist's style.
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Things to bring to your consultation appointment:
*Tear sheets from magazines, of makeup you like and don't like.
*A picture of your wedding dress (a Polaroid will do). This gives me a great idea of the style of the dress and the wedding. Is it romantic? Dramatic? Elegant? This gives me an idea of your style.
*The shade of lipstick that you'd like to wear. If I don't have it, using yours is no problem. This is also a great test to see how long your lipstick will last during the evening.
*Your favorite waterproof mascara. I highly recommend using your tried and true mascara, and yes, waterproof. You just might be shedding tears of joy. If it's your brand, I don't have to worry about watery eyes, redness, allergies, etc.
Remember, your makeup run-through is the time to play, try different ideas, colors, etc. Don't be afraid to say you don't like something. Makeup is easy to take off and reapply. Once you have your look down, make sure the makeup artist writes everything out, and notes makeup items you may not have that you'll be needing for that day. And don't forget, if your makeup rehearsal is set for a romantic dinner with your groom, have the makeup artist change the lipstick or eye makeup a little so your groom can't tell you are wearing the same thing for your wedding day. We wouldn't want him seeing the same look twice.