Keeping It Natural: Makeup Trial

Let’s talk about makeup.

Rather, let’s talk about my lack of things to say about makeup, because I don’t wear it nearly as often as I think I should.

I briefly mentioned here the type of atmosphere where I grew up and the laid-back lifestyle I was accustomed to. Now, as we plan our wedding and start our life in a bigger city, I find myself going out more and having more opportunities to dress up and “put my face on.”

But…I don’t.

Without makeup: my daily look (and just to keep it real, my hair is up in a ponytail):


I would like to say it’s because I just like a natural look and choose to wear little to no makeup. But really, I just don’t always like to take the time to do it. I’ve also never really taken the time to learn techniques for eye makeup and the more detailed processes, and my mom chooses not to wear much makeup either, so I never picked up on hints from her. I can do the “basics”; I’ve just never been the girl who liked trying new colors and styles of makeup in her spare time. (For this reason, I also chose not to apply my own makeup for the wedding. It would be pretty nonexistent and wouldn’t look too great in photos.)

However, I refuse to let this be the case on my wedding day. For one, it is probably going to be the most photographed day of my life, and I don’t want to look at pictures of my face without makeup. It’s also an opportunity to wear more makeup than I usually do, and have a little fun being pampered while someone puts it on. My main request in finding someone to do makeup for the Big Day was that they would be able to do a good job, without making my face look completely different than it does on a normal day. I want a fresh and “bridal” look, but nothing too heavy where I don’t feel like myself.

After looking at many reviews online, I decided to book a trial with Amanda Hugdahl of AH Makeup Artistry. Multiple people mentioned a soft look and feeling like a better version of themselves. I was also pleased with the before and after photos she had posted on her website, so I went into the trial feeling very confident.

Amanda did a great job of matching my skin color, which is very fair, and applying my makeup in a way that fit my personality and (lack of) normal makeup wear.

These pictures were taken as I left her home studio:


Makeup immediately after the trial run

After I had my makeup done, I called Mr. Coach and joked with him that he needed to take me out that night because I couldn’t waste having it done by sitting at home. 😉 To my delight, when I got home and he saw my makeup, he agreed! We decided to make the trek downtown for a Dallas Stars game. This is my makeup four or five hours later at the game:


Go Stars!


Happy spectators!

I really just needed a reapplication of lip gloss and I would’ve been good to go. I definitely understand that my makeover was nothing drastic, but it was enough to be noticeable in person and to make me feel confident in having my picture taken, and that is exactly what I wanted for the wedding.

Just for a dramatic effect, a before/normal day, and my face with makeup:


I am more than happy with the result! I think the eyes are the most noticeable difference, and I’m happy about that. I booked Amanda and chose a package that includes the trial, bridal-portrait makeup, and the wedding, so we should have it perfected by the time the wedding gets here!

Are you doing something different and fun for your wedding makeup? Or are you just aiming for a natural, better version of your normal makeup?


Mrs. Coach

Wedding Date:
October 2012
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  1. Member
    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 1:46 pm

    I float in your boat! I don’t wear makeup, but my aunt will be doing my makeup for my wedding :-)

  2. hawk Member
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:54 pm

    Your makeup artist did a beautiful job! I’m definitely a fan of minimal, natural-looking makeup. I didn’t want to look completely different person for the wedding!

  3. parasol Member
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:02 pm

    You look great! Very natural and elegant, like your not wearing too much, but all of your best features are highlighted.

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 2:05 pm

    That’s a beautiful makeup job~ great choice! I wear makeup most days (tinted moisturizer or a little mineral makeup) but also wanted a soft bridal look that wasn’t overdone. The eyes make the most difference, especially with individual false eyelashes!

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    StarIzInkd 509 posts, Busy bee @ 2:07 pm

    Oh you look beautiful!!!

  6. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:13 pm

    The makeup artist did a great job! You look like you, just glammed up a little! Beautimus!

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    hopeandpray, Guest @ 3:12 pm

    Gorgeous. She’s just accentuated your features without taking any focus away from your natural beauty.

  8. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 3:18 pm

    You look great! Natural, but all of your features are highlighted. Especially love the eyes.

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 3:19 pm

    I am in the same boat. I rarely wear makeup, own very little and don’t know a ton about it. Thankfully I used a makeup artist when I was in my brothers wedding. BFF liked it so much she hired him for hers and he did my makeup again. It was a no brained to bring him back for my wedding as he had done half the wedding party and my mom before. Plus I like knowing I like his style.

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    39bride, Guest @ 3:43 pm

    That looks awesome. I’m in the same position as you, as far as not really liking makeup and not bothering to put it on when I can get away with that. I’m going to use your pics for inspiration for my MUA.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm

    Beautiful! Very natural.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:00 pm

    You look gorgeous, very natural yet with enough impact to look great on pictures!

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 4:20 pm

    You look gorgeous! I have my make-up trial and I can’t wait!

  14. cauldron Member
    cauldron 99 posts, Worker bee @ 9:14 pm

    Looking good Miss C! I like that lipstick color on you, too.

  15. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:06 pm

    I’m so jealous you can look like that without makeup!
    I can’t leave the house without makeup, it’s part of my everyday look but I don’t wear a lot but I wear it every day.

  16. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 1:39 am

    Your makeup artist did such a nice job, you look amazing!

  17. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:34 am

    Love it! She did an amazing job and you look beautiful.

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    MrsPeachMartini 679 posts, Busy bee @ 6:52 am

    Love it!!! it will look natural and beautiful on your wedding day!

  19. coyote Member
    coyote 1963 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:04 am

    Oh you look so beautiful! I think the natural look is the way to go, I love it!

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    metzae 19 posts, Newbee @ 7:49 am

    You look beautiful! I’m thinking I’ll go with a more natural look as well… and maybe try to do it myself (eek)?

  21. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:49 am

    It looks so great! I had airbrush makeup done for the wedding, but it was very natural looking.

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    futureMFG 283 posts, Helper bee @ 9:48 am

    Looks great!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:14 pm

    Miss Lyre, I am much like you! I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis and will be going for a natrual look too, except that I want my eyes to super duper pop! I love your look, you look absolutely gorgeous!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:18 pm

    Oops I meant miss coach! Sorry about that!

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    Mis Iris 218 posts, Helper bee @ 3:49 pm

    I love how natural your make up looks. I’ve got to get in some practice sessions, with a few of the makeup counters. I don’t wear it at all, and i have to learn how to do my own. We are doing a destination wedding, and I don’t want the trial to be on the wedding day–thats just too much stress!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:13 pm

    I live au natural looks! You look beautiful BEFORE and AFTER. But, she did a wonderful job on your makeup!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:37 am

    I used to wear makeup every day, but now I’m like you. I can’t be bothered with the time (yes, even 5-10 mins is too much for me) to do it every day! I only do it for special occasions or after-work outings and some weekend events. I am still debating having makeup lessons, a la Mrs. Snowcone, and doing my own makeup for the wedding, but I’m not sure.

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