Wedding Day Bridal Beauty: Preparing For Your Makeup Trial

The date is set, the venue is selected and the dress has been chosen now it’s time to work on your complete look for your wedding day.  Today we’re talking about preparing for your hair and makeup trial. 

First things first… Understanding that a wedding day makeup trial isn’t intended to “try them out”. Scheduling several trials with different hair and makeup teams leaves you out a lot of money AND confused as to who to go with.

As with any vendor you’re considering for your wedding do your research!  Read the reviews, check on their licensing, credentials, and view their body of work. Then based upon what you like and after your conversation with the hair and makeup artist, you make your decision to hire them. When you talk to your hair and makeup artist, your conversation should be easy and effortless. If they don’t have time to talk to you before hand or the conversation seemed odd, chances are- they are not the hair and makeup team for you.

Now that you have a better understanding of the purpose of the wedding day makeup trial let’s talk about preparing for your trial(s).

Find and bring inspirational photos of hair and makeup along with an open mind.

Create an inspiration board of hair and makeup looks you tend to gravitate to and share it with your stylist so they have an understanding of what your preferences are.   You also need to be flexible and work with your stylist, while an updo might look beautifully elegant it may not be for you.  Thinner hair for instance might be better down or in a half up half down style.  The important thing is to keep an open mind, FIND YOUR VOICE and not be afraid to speak up.  You can’t hurt our feelings, honest and open communication is essential to the success of your overall look for the day of.

Bring your bling!

Purchase and bring accessories, extensions and your veil with your on the day of your trial.  Having your accessories with you will help you and your stylist plan for the best placement and incorporation of your accents into your style.

Dress for your appointment. 

We recommend a button down blouse preferably in the same color as your gown.  You can also choose a kimono styled robe or try this tip we stumbled on recently,  wear a white top and cut the neckline to match your wedding gown to really help you envision what your makeup will  look like on the wedding day. 

Arrive with a clean face and clean hair.

Make sure your hair is clean and dry blow dry if needed but NO FLAT IRON and with as little product as possible!  Once you put that flat iron to your hair your stylist won’t be able to curl it.  The same thing applies for your face. Arrive with a fresh face, moisturizer is  generallokay (check with your makeup artist first), but nothing else this will allow your artist to start with a fresh canvass.

Take lots of pics!

A picture is worth a thousand words, they don’t lie or hide anything.  Take plenty of snaps in a variety of lighting scenarios to get a real 360 degree look at your hair and makeup in all kinds of light.

Lastly, the absolute best advice we can give you is…. Have fun with your planning… there’s tons of inspiration out there.  Scour social media, bridal magazines and wedding planning sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire .  Try some of the elements that catch your eye in advance…. mix and match looks ideas, take some selfies, you’ll quickly rule out what absolutely doesn’t work for you. 

In the end it really comes down to this… after the cake is eaten and the guests have gone home the only thing that is left of this most amazing day are your memories and the photographs. 

Our makeup artists and hair stylists are well educated, highly skilled and extremely passionate, visit our Contact page and request your custom proposal…. We’d love to hear about your vision.


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