When working with brides, we always recommend a hair and makeup trial ahead of your wedding day. It’s the best way to try a couple of different styles and design a look that’s perfect for you, as well as ensure that everything works well together. But alongside this, it’s also a chance for you to get comfortable with your hairstylist and makeup artist (whether it’s the same person or two different professionals) and discuss important details.
When Best to do a Hair and Makeup Trial for a Wedding?
Scheduling the trial around 1 to 3 months before the wedding should provide you with enough time to get everything perfect for the big occasion. It may be worth waiting until AFTER you have your dress chosen. This will allow for the makeup choices to fit with the style of dress and avoid unfortunate clashes.
How Long Does a Makeup Trial Take?
You should allow between 1.5 - 3 hours for your makeup trial. Your stylist will come with a variety of colours and shades to try out for the wedding, and you should come prepared with some ideas of your own. Most makeup artists may have a set amount of time to do the trial, so don't expect to try every makeup look under the sun!
What to Ask your Hair and Makeup Stylist Before your Wedding
Asking the right questions will allow you to get the best results and will help everything go smoothly on the day. But what ARE the right questions? We’ve listed the ten most important below – and why you need to know the answers!
Are you Able to Travel or Will I Have to Come to You?
Most hair and makeup professionals will be able to work on-site at your home or wedding venue, However, there may be an additional charge. If you’re planning a destination wedding, it may be best to hire a local hair and makeup artist – remember, you can search our directory by location!
How Long Does Bridal Hair and Makeup Take?
It’s essential to nail down timing at your trial so that you can factor this into your wedding day timeline. You don’t want to end up in a situation where your hair and makeup is rushed because you haven’t allowed enough time, or where you’re running late and miss out on pre-wedding photos. Find out
Are you able to Accommodate Hair and/or Makeup for Other Wedding Party Members?
If you want your bridesmaids, mother, and mother-in-law to be professionally styled, you’ll need to ensure your artist can accommodate them. They may have a team of assistants to help them or may be able to recommend additional artists for you to contact.
Will you be the Person doing my Hair and/or Makeup on the Wedding day?
This question is especially important if you’re working via a salon. You want to ensure that the look you get at your trial is the look you can expect on your wedding day!
What is your Backup Plan in Case of an Emergency?
Despite the best-laid plans, things can go wrong. It’s important that you have a Plan B in case of emergencies like illness or transport issues. For example, your hair and makeup artist may have an assistant they can fall back on, or another artist who will be able to replace them.
Which Products Do You Use?
This is an especially important question for your makeup artist. Most of them will have specific brands that they use. These should be high quality and allergy tested. Some artists also only use vegan or cruelty-free products. Now is the time to ask and to let them know if you have any special needs like hypoallergenic products. You may also have a favourite product you would like them to incorporate – if so, be sure to mention it.
How Long Will My Makeup Last?
A wedding day can be hard-going on your makeup, especially in summer with heat and humidity. You’ll want to look good all day long, so discuss the longevity of your makeup and how you can make sure it stays put. It’s also always a good idea to go out after your hair and makeup trial so you can see how both stand up to wear.
Which Products Will I Need to Buy?
Some hair and makeup artists offer touch-up services, but it’s always a good idea to have spare products available like lipstick in your colour.
What are your Requirements in Terms of Space and Facilities?
Artists will need some open space and ideally natural light to work with. They may also have additional requirements like mirrors, lights, electrical sockets, etc.
How Should I Prep my Hair/Skin before the Wedding day?
For example, if you’re having an updo, your hair stylist may prefer you not to wash it on the wedding day. Your makeup artist may also have some skincare recommendations for the weeks and days before the wedding. If you’re planning to use a product like fake tan, that may affect the look of your makeup, this is the time to discuss it with them.
Still looking for your perfect professional hair and makeup artist match? Be sure to check out the talented artists in our directory!
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- What to Do if You Change Your Mind After Your Hair and Makeup Trial
- Do I Need a Wedding Hair or Makeup Trial