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Why You Should Always Test Run Your Wedding Makeup


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Kelli Thomsen is a Fine Art Eco Beauty Makeup Artist based here in Portland, Oregon. We connected at the late end of last year and quickly scheduled opportunities to work together. Kelli has studied from some of the most talented industry leaders and uses her skills to create simply and classic looks that highlight the natural beauty of her clients. One of the biggest questions we hear in the wedding community is "Should I do a test run of my makeup and hair?" and the answer is an absolute yes! Kelli is here to tell us why and educate us on the importance of a trial session.

1 - It allows you to let your natural beauty shine

'One of the most valuable things a professional makeup artist brings to the table, besides her arsenal of luxury skin prep and makeup products, is her ability to take the brides natural look and bring out a more polished version.'

2 - You get to work with them before the wedding

'During a trial run, you will have the time to connect with the artist and see the way they work; do they have good natural light, is there a comfortable makeup chair, are the products they use clean, are they being sanitary? Brides also want to choose an artist that leave them with a touch-up kit for lips, helps them put on jewelry, assists with the veil, and all the important extras.

Without this prior connection and ability to communicate needs and see what the artist brings to the table artistry wise, there is no way of knowing how wedding day beauty will take shape. This can create nerves and anxiety that weren't expected and also can leave little time for adjustments the day of. When the trial is set prior, there is a schedule set, so expectations can be met. This creates a very calm and therapeutic beauty space before the ceremony and/or reception.'

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3 - Not every bride is the same

'Without a test run, many things can happen on a wedding day that are unforeseen. A common misconception is that makeup artist’s create the same look from bride to bride. A true professional will get to know the skin type, understand sensitivities, know what the bride’s day to day look is, as well as understands what attributes the bride loves about a certain look. This means there is no correct bridal makeup method or cookie cutter option that will work for everyone. It is crucial to have a trial run for this very reason – because there is only one YOU and there is a makeup artist that is meant to help YOU to look your most beautiful!'

4 - You can learn a lot from it, such as:

+ Your skin type and what products to use leading up to the wedding day
+ Your face shapes, eye shapes, and what placement of products is best for your own unique beauty
+ Recommendations on products and tools for daily use, before & after the BIG day
+ Skin Treatments & Eye Treatments that are wonderful for pre-wedding beauty
+ Professional advice on how to schedule the timeline for beauty on the wedding day
+ Recommendations on application of makeup to look good in natural light and flash photography lighting
+ Best-in-class products for touch-ups throughout the wedding day and evening
+ Recommendations for hair styles to work with the makeup look

For more information on what goes on in a trial session, or to connect with Kelli, contact her at www.kellithomsen.com!

 

Create a Six Week Wedding Checklist

Create a Six Week Wedding Checklist

Six weeks before my client's wedding, I make it a priority to send them an email to review and finalize all of our plans. At the four week mark, many brides are often overwhelmed by finishing tasks, and find themselves frantically asking for help. I've found that the Six week checkpoint is the perfect time to write all finishing tasks, so that when you reach that one-month-until mark, you've completed the majority of your projects and will get to enjoy the last two weeks without having to worry about last minute details.

My Wedding Prep

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Waking up on the day of a wedding is a lot like waking up for a big road trip. Is everything packed? Are the batteries charged? Do we have snacks on snack? How many water bottles should we bring?

I am one week away from my first 2017 Wedding and I am anticipating this season more than I have any season before this. Last winter, I took a lot of time to focus on my goals, my work, and my methods, and myself. Let's face it, I needed a refresh, and I needed to be re-inspired. Thank goodness for Hawaii!

This year, I'm ready to show up and create unforgettable images for my clients. But this starts well before the ceremony even begins! It starts at home the night before the wedding. 

I prepare for a wedding by making sure to charge all my batteries, from my cameras and light meter, to my iPhone and laptop. I want to make sure when I show up, I have two full days of battery life, in case anything happens. I print off any printable materials I might need, such as timelines, family photo lists, and shot lists for personal reference. I add each paper to my bag, and to Jem's bag, and have two backups in the car for any emergency, or other vendor's reference. 

Next, I make sure my lenses have been wiped down and checked for quality. I attach a 50mm lens to each of our cameras, and close it off with a lens cap. These are set down in our gear pile next to our gear bags. Next, I pack up the lighting equipment (used mainly for indoor receptions and low light situations), add new batteries, and stack it in a neat pile next to my cameras. Once the gear has been set, I take the last few hours of the afternoon to rest and recharge for the busy day ahead. I will make a full dinner, and check in with my couple to send them big hugs in advance.

The morning of the wedding, Jem and I like to take our time so we aren't stressed out prior to our work day. We eat a big breakfast, take a walk outside, and triple check everything we need is packed up and ready to be loaded in the car. Depending on the wedding location and time, we will usually head towards the wedding location around lunchtime and eat nearby. This ensures we aren't late or stuck in any accidents or traffic! On the way to the venue, we will usually stop off for coffee or tea at a cafe to get our last dose of caffeine of the day. 

About 30 minutes before our scheduled start time, we arrive early to check our gear, say hello to the couple and the vendors, as well as take out last walk around the venue (sans gear), to do our final map of where we would like to take photos of for the day. This is incredibly helpful in case of any unforeseeable mishap, including the weather!

That's basically it! The most important thing to us when prepping for a wedding day, besides making sure gear is in check, is making sure we are showing up happy and inspired! The worst way to arrive at a wedding, is grouchy, unsure, or nervous. We do our best to get everything in order the night before so we can use our free time to enjoy the anticipation of the amazing work we get to do.