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Mature Wedding Makeup Tutorial

You’re just getting better with age and your makeup should too! Whether you’re an older bride walking down the aisle, a mature wedding guest, or a mother of the bride or groom, this tutorial will teach you how to amplify your natural beauty with an age-defying glow that will stay all night and photograph well. Wedding Wingman Sylvia Waller, a professional makeup artist with Blush Now, shares the tips and tricks she’s perfected on herself and hundreds of mature women to lift and rejuvenate.

In this tutorial, learn how to apply bridal makeup over 50 that addresses the three most common concerns mature women have: having dry skin, not wanting heavy makeup that makes them look made-up, and how to apply makeup to hooded eyes.

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“The more mature you are the less makeup you should wear, the more you wear the older you look. I know that sounds a little weird but trust me I’ve had that experience and I think every mature woman has looked in the mirror and said I need something, I don’t know what, but I need something different, and a lot of the time you have to change the way you do your makeup.”

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Sylvia Waller is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist for Blush Now. She loves working with brides to determine the best look to highlight their beautiful features on their big day and in photographs. Sylvia joined Wed Mayhem to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness and to enhance their inner and outer beauty.

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Wedding Makeup Trial

Most of us either can’t remember the last time we had a makeover, or we haven’t had one at all. But with the stakes so high for your wedding – you’re kind of the star of the show and all – you don’t want any leaky mascara or wrong lip color surprises on the big day. Which is exactly why you need a makeup trial run. We caught up with Nikita Jhaveri, co-founder of hair and makeup service Blush Now, to share you everything you need to know about wedding makeup trials. 

What Is A Wedding Makeup Trial?

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A makeup trial is a practice run for your big day. Not only will you be able to see firsthand how your makeup will look, but it will also give you and your artist a time estimate of how long it will take to complete. Additionally, you can chat about the timeline for your bridal party so you can have a better idea of when to schedule your hair and makeup on your big day.

Why Should I Book A Makeup Trial? 

The getting ready part of your wedding day is one of the best parts. A trial run lets you get a glimpse of the process and allows you a chance to really get to know your artist and see if you get along with them. This is a great opportunity to share what kind of atmosphere you want on your wedding day.

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“I highly recommend you get a trial. Some people might skip out on them to save money, but it’s ultimately for you to have less stress on your wedding day. Seeing what you will look like on that day will only be beneficial to you and make you more confident.”

Who Should Book A Makeup Trial?

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Anyone and everyone! Blush Now says people who don’t usually wear makeup should get a trial run because “they aren’t used to seeing their face with makeup on and for their wedding day they’ll have more coverage and lashes.” A trial run will give them time to get used to it and know what they’re expecting on their big day!

However, those who wear makeup often should also book a trial run. Your makeup artist can give you product recommendations you can start using right away to prep your skin, or touch-up products you may want to purchase in the same shade such as powder and lipstick.

How Much Is A Makeup Trial?

Prices vary from artist to artist based on their full-face rate. Since it’s popular to book a trial run, many companies will have a bridal beauty package you can purchase with it included. It’s important to note that some companies will require a trial run. It’s always a good idea to tip your artist since they are providing you with a full service. 

If you decide to skip your makeup trial run to save money or because you have a destination wedding, make sure to communicate with your artist what kind of look you’re going for. If you’re unsure, try experimenting at home by following our do-it-yourself glam wedding makeup tutorial

When Should I Book My Makeup Trial? 

Before you think about your makeup, make sure you have your wedding dress picked out. Nikita recommends booking your trial run 2 to 3 months before the wedding.

“If you do anything before, you might change your mind and your inspiration might change. At 2 to 3 months out, you’ll have a more solidified look with your dress and hair, and you’ll be able to more confidently choose a makeup look.”

If you can, try and book your hair trial for the same day so you can see the full wedding look. Even better, pick a day where you need your makeup done anyway, such as your engagement shoot, bridal shower, dress shopping, or bachelorette party. Try and find a time in the morning so you can test the longevity of the makeup. 

How Long Does Wedding Makeup Take?

Again, each artist’s timing will vary, so make sure to check in with them. In general, reserve around an hour to three hours. If you don’t like your makeup look, you can always book another trial for more time with your artist. 

How To Prepare For Your Trial

It’s important to spend some time before your trial considering what makeup will best complement your bridal style. Start by deciding what you don’t like, finding inspiration photos, and thinking about what facial features you want to highlight. However, Nikita says to be careful when looking for inspiration.  

“Everyone has a different skin color and skin type. So when you go on Pinterest or Instagram, make sure to look at photos of brides with the same skin complexion as you,” she says.

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You should come to your trial makeup-free with clean skin. If you plan on getting a spray tan on your big day, you can either get one for your trial or just give your artist a heads-up. Bring your veil if you are wearing one, and a photo of your dress. Also, if you have any makeup products you love and want your MUA to use, bring them along too. 

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