Whether you’ve had many makeovers or this is your first appointment, it’s important to follow a simple guideline to ensure you get the most out of your Kimberly Bearden Beauty experience. These are my top tips for how to prepare for your makeup appointment to guarantee that your makeup lasts and looks amazing.

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1. Prep the skin.

This is by far the first and most important step in knowing how to prepare for your makeup appointment. Preparing your skin will help your makeup lay smooth and help extend the wear. 

The night before your appointment, be sure to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin. On the day of your appointment, I recommend double cleansing your face, especially around your eye area. We want to make sure you arrive to your appointment with freshly cleansed skin. (This means without any leftover makeup from the day before). With that being said, please don’t wear any makeup to your appointment, having to remove makeup can cut into your application time.

Your skin is very delicate, especially after it has gone through a treatment of some sort. It is important to note that you should not schedule any intense skincare appointments too close to your makeup appointment. These treatments include waxing, spray tans, laser treatments, and microdermabrasion. Otherwise, they run the risk of an unpleasant makeup appointment.



2. What to wear

I recommend wearing something that is easy to remove without touching your face and/or hair. A button up shirt or a strapless/off the shoulder top is best. This also allows me to apply makeup down your neck and chest if needed.


3. Trial Run

If you are interested in scheduling a trial makeup application, please consider the following:

  • A tan trial 24-48 hours prior to your makeup trial.
  • A hair trial on the same day as your makeup trial.
  • Facial waxing or brow tinting at least one week before. 

Note: Any skin procedures like facials, peels, treatments, or cosmetic procedures should be done at least 2 weeks before your appointment.

To get the most out of your makeup trial, I recommend scheduling the same day as a wedding event (such as a bridal shower) or portraits (bridals/engagement photos) so you can showcase your makeup look.



4. Makeup looks

Not sure what kind of makeup look you want to go for? No worries, I’m here to help! I will ask you a few questions in order to help you choose a look that will suit your features and that you feel comfortable with.

If you’re not sure what exactly it is you like, it’s helpful to know if there is anything you do not like. If there are certain colors you would like to stay away from, please let me know. It will avoid us choosing a makeup look you will be unhappy with.

I encourage my clients to bring inspiration pictures to help me understand what your makeup comfort levels are. (A great place to find these is Pinterest! One of my favorite companies/artists is Charlotte Tilbury — if you’ve never tried CT before, she’s my all-time fav! Click here to get 10% off as a new customer!

Please keep in mind that a lot of the makeup inspiration pictures on the internet have been edited and retouched. Your face features are uniquely yours, and you should be proud of that! If you decide to look for inspiration pictures, try looking for people with similar facial features. 🙂



5. Timing

Next to prepping the skin, this is the second most important part of knowing how to best prepare for your makeup appointment. When planning your day please keep in mind your makeup application can take up to an hour. If you arrive late to your appointment, you will either be given the remaining time of your appointment, or your appointment may be canceled altogether. My schedule is booked back-to-back, and I want you to be able to get the full Kimberly Bearden Beauty experience.



6. After Care

Your makeup look is designed to last, and it will warm into your skin as the day/night goes on. Emotions happen – if you do cry or sweat be sure to blot your face gently and do not wipe. The only part of your makeup that may need touch-ups, is your lip color. I provide you with lipstick to take with you for touch-ups.

Be sure to buy a waterproof makeup remover to help remove your makeup at the end of the night. One of my favorites is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover. Gently remove your makeup by using a cotton round or makeup towelette over your eyes. This will remove eye makeup and loosen your false lashes. They should come off with an easy pull. After this, I recommend double cleansing your face and eye area to remove the rest of your makeup, followed by your normal skincare routine.



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