Should you book a bridal makeup trial? Married Singaporeans weigh in

Should you book a bridal makeup trial? Married Singaporeans weigh in

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @dapperphotography

Weddings in the 21st century are far from conventional, cookie-cutter affairs. If you don't believe us, a quick scroll through Instagram is all the proof you need. Hotel buffets are often renounced in favour of caterers hawking especial fare; roses traded in for baby's breath and succulents; while flouncy, floor-grazing white dresses are now deemed optional for brides-to-be. Don't get us wrong — we're all for this departure from tradition, though we're not entirely sure if all archetypal practices should be eschewed. Trying on your wedding dress, for instance, is a tradition too practical to be done away with. You can't very well look your best without having tested out the goods at least once, unless you're Beyoncé.

Strangely enough, it's a line of reasoning that doesn't quite extend to makeup. More specifically, your wedding day makeup. Sure, we've heard of countless gown fittings and dress shopping sessions, but not so much when it comes to bridal makeup trials. Necessity or needless expense? We get married folks to share their thoughts.

A thousand times, yes

"I'm so glad I forked out the money for a trial session. The first makeup artist I had in mind just had no idea how to work with my features, and left me looking worse than before. Luckily, I had better luck with my second pick, who made sure all my preferences were taken into consideration every step of the way. I felt so much more relaxed on my wedding day because I knew exactly how everything was going to turn out." — Money well spent

No ragrets

"Ultimately, I think it boils down on how important the whole wedding shebang is to you. Personally, I was so worn out by all the prep work that when the big day rolled out, I didn't give a damn. I just wanted it to be over. When I look back at the photos, I won't say I'm satisfied with how my makeup turned out. But in the end, the feeling is overshadowed by a sense of relief that I won't have to do it again. I'll probably never divorce my husband for this reason." — Tired and over it

Money matters

"It depends on how much money you have left in your budget. It's quite hard to find an artist or company willing to do free trials, and if you're pretty strapped for cash, I'd say it's best to just skip it. You can always fix or touch up your makeup on your own, if anything." — Oh-so-practical

Trust no one

"This is precisely why I'll never have anyone do my makeup, wedding or otherwise. It's hard to trust anyone else with your face, especially when you're a control freak like me. If I could give some advice, it's to play it safe and do it on your own. You'll save yourself time, money, and effort." — No chill


"If you can, get a friend to do your makeup. I'm lucky in the sense that my best friend is a makeup enthusiast, and she would just spend hours doing and re-doing the whole look for me until she got it exactly right. Where else would you find such dedication?" - So, you dropping your friend's contact, or...?

Peace of mind

"My wife was struggling with the idea of doing a trial, but she was really glad that she did. I think it's a good option for people who don't like surprises or are very inexperienced with doing their own makeup. It's really important to speak your mind and tell your makeup artist exactly what you want, or you might end up with something completely different from what you had in mind. Trust me, she learned it the hard way. But thankfully, all this trial business meant there was just more time to perfect everything to her liking." — Keep calm and carry on

A world of good

"My experience was positive and beneficial. The trial sessions — yes, multiple — I had with my MUA showed me what she was capable of, and I liked how accommodating she was. I changed my mind three different times after that, and she adapted to suit my whims and the wedding location (it took place outdoors). It's as important as trying and picking out your wedding dress, you know? It may sound trivial, but I really think it can make or break your wedding." — Now, that's dedication