Bridal Trials

Luxury Wedding Day Skin Care

Through the grapevine, I've become acquainted with Sonia Roselli's products.  Sonia is a makeup artist based out of Chicago, IL who had a passion for developing the best skin care for makeup artists to have in their kit. They are 100% available to everyone to purchase to have in their home stash of skin care products. I think they are priced fairly for luxury skincare, and they look great on your bathroom counter. 

Often my brides ask me what I'm using. Here are my go-to products and what I use them for.

Sonia Roselli Beauty

SEXAPEEL by Sonia Roselli

SEXAPEEL by Sonia Roselli


is a light exfoliator that removes that surface layer of dead skin. Its kind of creepy but cool how your dead skin just sloughs off within seconds of applying. On Sonia's product page, she also has these uses for it:

Perfect for:

  1. On face, before makeup
  2. Before self tanning
  3. Bottom of feet
  4. Before shaving
  5. Before a big event. Anywhere skin will be showing, sexApeel™ first!
  6. Before mani & pedi
  7. Dry patches on skin
Japanese Cleansing Oil by Sonia Roselli

Japanese Cleansing Oil by Sonia Roselli

Japanese Cleansing Oil

This is wonderful for removing every stitch of makeup from your skin. Including stubborn eye makeup. Its a great follow up to after you've used Sexapeel on your skin.

Just shake up the bottle, apply to dry skin, really massage and rub it in, and rinse well with with lukewarm water.

Water Balm Skin Prep

It doesn't matter if you are dry or if you are oily or some combination of the two. This hydrating Water Balm is a quick and easy way to deliver the right amount of hydration to your skin before applying makeup.  This and the Sexapeel is what I get the most questions on by my clients.  Its something you have to experience! If you are trying to find an easy, one step moisturizer, this might be the one you are looking for. It actually creates small water droplets immediately after you start rubbing it in. It is truly a unique face product. 


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Water Balm Skin Prep by Sonia Roselli

Water Balm Skin Prep by Sonia Roselli

Why your wedding checklist is betraying you.

In the makeup community, we talk to each other quite a bit. We talk about trends. We talk about the business side of bookings. One thing we all seem to agree on is someone or something out there is doing these brides dirty when it comes to advising on when to book your makeup artist. 

Septemeber has now become the most popular month to get married in my area. Our September was booked up almost a year in advance. June was close behind. But here we are, a month before, and we're regularly getting requests that we have to turn down. Steadily getting September and October requests when they are only 1-2 months away. And we are talking for wedding parties of 10 people!

I did a quick google search on wedding checklists, this is what I found:

Brides should start thinking about hair and makeup 6-7 months out. 

Brides should do their trials to compare hair and makeup 3-4 months out.

Let me be the first to tell you. This is wrong. The only thing I can come up with is these were written in the days before Instagram, Pinterest, and styled weddings. Sure, there are many hair and makeup vendors out there. And you may be able to find a few in 3-4 months before your wedding to do a trial. By the time you have a few trials, they have most likely been snapped up.

If you have top 2-3 artists that have solid portfolios, gorgeous pictures of their work, believe that they will get booking requests sometimes a year or more in advance. WITHOUT HAVING A TRIAL. Especially if you have a super popular wedding date. Those brides have booked their dream venue, vendors, including hair and makeup. They have planned their day to be perfection and want their photographs to reflect their best self. This is your competition, throw that checklist out the window. 

This accounts for a majority of our brides. Not saying that I don't have dates available for the last minute gals, sometimes I do! And again they are booking me first, we are doing their trials around a month before the wedding to nail down their final look, not to audition us for the job. Anymore the portfolio is the resume for the bride to decide who to hire. The trial has become the rehearsal of the bride's vision for their wedding day. 

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