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January 16, 2018

How To Make The Most Of Your Hair and Makeup Trials

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Most women know that uncomfortable feeling when you’re having a bad hair day, or you ran out of time in the morning to do your makeup, or even when you’re wearing an outfit you don’t feel 100% in. It kind of throws your whole day off! This is exactly why make up and hair trials are so important for a bride! You’ve spent so much energy to make every last detail perfect, don’t neglect this last little step to ensure you’ll feel like yourself on such a monumental day!

Add It To The Budget

The cost of hair and make-up trials are not cheap! Depending on how many trials you want to do, these types of things could end up costing a few hundred dollars. But they are so worth it!

While you are looking into stylists and makeup artists, be sure to ask them what their fees are for trial runs. Adding these smaller details into your wedding budget upfront will save you from scraping your pennies at the last minute!

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Have Pictures Ready

Bringing pictures to your hair and makeup trials is going to be the easiest way for you to convey what kind of looks you are going for! With that being said, if you hand your hairstylist 10 photos all of 10 completely different styles, you’re going to leave them confused on what it is you really want. So bring a few different looks for both hair and makeup to try out what works best for you! But be concise with each look so your stylist can help you perfect the look!

Schedule On The Same Day

If you are not using the same person for your hair and makeup, make sure you schedule the trial runs to be done on the same day! Being able to see the full finished look is way more beneficial than doing the two separately. You’ll be able to see if having a heavier face of makeup and your hair down is too much going on around your face. Or if your favorite from Pinterest up-do makes your head look funny. Its always better to get those kinds of things out of the way before the morning on the wedding!

Bridesmaids RobesBring Your Accessories

By the time you’re doing make up and hair trials, you should most likely have any accessories you’re wanting to sport of the big day. Nows the time to try them out! Things like a veil, hair clips, or jewelry that you would be wearing to complete the look, bring! This will not only complete your look, but allow you to get a feel for the functionality of your accessories.

Also consider bringing your own makeup. Your make-up artist can see what types of finishes and colors palettes you typically gravitate for!


Ask your hair stylists and makeup artists what you need to do before the trial runs! For instance, some hair stylists may not want you to wash your hair the morning of, or maybe they do. Your make up artist may want you to do your normal facial care routine in the morning, while others may not want you to moisturize. Everyone has their own way of doing things, so ask them what you need to be prepared!

Not only do you need to come prepped for the stylists, but also for yourself! Do you plan on tanning before the wedding? Do this before your trial. If your skin tone is going to be 3 shades darker then it was on the test run day, your make up artist will want to know! Are you getting extensions for the wedding? Again, do this before the trial.

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We all know beauty is a process that takes time and in this situation, its no different. Keeping track of the time your looks take to complete will be beneficial to know how long it will take for you to get ready on the morning of. If your bridesmaids also decide to have their makeup done, you can plan accordingly. Pushing your timeline back is never ideal, make sure to pay attention during the trials!

Be Honest

This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give you. The purpose of a trial run is for you and your team to figure out what works, and what doesn’t. If you are unhappy with how something looks during the process, speak up! You’re doing yourself and your stylists a disservice by settling for something you aren’t 100% satisfied with. The hair and makeup stylists want you to be happy with their work, so be open and honest! If you’re working with good people they will take your words and put them to use!

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