Can't afford a Hair/Makup Trial :( (with inspiration pics)

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If you normally don’t wear a lot of makeup, you may feel that the makeup artist puts it on too heavy and not like it.  I would only be ok with it if I have seen a lot of their other work.  I might consider doing makup yourself. 

In terms of hair… I think it would probably be fine as long as you aren’t super picky.  I would ask if she has a portfolio to look at, just because that might ease your mind.  My friend got married and the night before her wedding her makup artist and hair stylists quit.  Luckily another salon was willing to help her out last minute, but obviously she couldn’t have a trial.  She did her own makeup, and her hair turned out beautiful (she actually liked it more than the trial with the original salon).  

Post # 3
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Gwendolyn88:  I think the hair should be fine, it’s not a difficult style- I’ve tried it before and it was pretty simple but I don’t have that hairdresser’s polishing ability so it was a bit messy… 

for the makeup, that’s a bit tricky. If you are not going to be using foundation why not try to do it yourself? It wouldn’t hurt to give it a try and you could spend the $$ you would have spent on the one-day application to get some quality products you can actually re-use… I did my own makeup and was hesitant, but did trials 3-4 times before the wedding day and it came out great!

Post # 6
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I didn’t do a hair trial, and it was fine. My usual hair dresser did my wedding hair, and she knows me well enough that I trusted her to pull it off. It was great on the wedding day!

I did do a trial for make up, and I am so glad I did! I don’t usually wear much makeup – a touch of foundation and mascara, usually – so I was afraid of not looking like myself if she put on too much. She nailed the eyes at the trail, but the airbrush foundation was too orange. We also tried on several lip colors before I found one I liked. We discussed the makeup after the trial, and through that, she was able to nail it on the wedding day. My makeup was perfect.

So I do think you can skip the trial. If it’s nothing crazy complicated and you’re not super picky, then save your money. I’d definitely consider a makeup trial though – I think since you aren’t big on makeup day-to-day, a trial will really help you look your best but still look like your normal self.

Post # 7
1499 posts
Bumble bee

You know, I would almost say skip the pro makeup altogether! I would much rather see you put even half the price of the pro makeup into some new makeup for you to use and keep after the wedding! A nice light powder for shine control, a pretty blush, a good quality eye liner and good mascara. You could visit sephora, where they give you free makeup lessons with purchases over $50, so you could get someone to show you how to use the products you are buying!

Post # 8
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Gwendolyn88:  I think the hair will be fine without a trial, but I would consider doing a make up trial at least.  Going without foundation is fine, but just be aware that it may not translate as well in photos.  I use foundation daily but sparingly, so I was worried that my MUA would apply too much and look cakey.  I’m so happy I did a trial because she did a fabulous job where it felt and looked like I wasn’t wearing anything on my skin, yet provided enough coverage to be camera friendly.  

I think $85 is a little steep, but it may be worth it to see if she can give you a look that will be a little extra special for your big day, but still be comfortable wearing.

Post # 9
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think the hair will be fine. I would really suggest doing the makeup trial or just doing it yourself. My first trial was with a girl that came highly recommended from multiple people, and I HATED it. I understand they want it to be heavier so it shows in photos, but I looked like a freaking corpse. My second trial used Aveda makeup which I had an allergic reaction to, and I had to get a steroid shot in my hip after my face blew up like a balloon and I had a rash all over my upper body. Not fun.

Post # 10
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I didn’t do a trial, and I loved the way my hair and makeup turned out. I would definitey send the sytlist a pic beforehand and make sure she can accomplish the hair style you want…I almost was out of luck, as the person who was scheduled to do my hair couldn’t braid the style like I was hoping for. Luckily another woman stepped up to do it. 

Post # 11
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Gwendolyn88:  I am a little surprised that she doesn’t include a trial with your wedding hair payment — I guess I thought that was just how it went? I could be totally wrong and my hairdresser was just being nice since I have given her lots of referrals over the years and now we are buds I suppose. 

My hairdresser for the past 10+ years did mine too (flew her up to my venue and paid for plane ticket and invited her and her hubby to stay for the wedding so hair was free, with a tip of course). The trial was included and she did my trial one day after highlighting my hair, rather than a separate trial. If you are having a hair cut or color prior to the wedding, can she just do your trial then for much less or no cost rather than the usual blow out? Something to consider… Wouldn’t hurt to ask a quick, “hey I am having a hair cut on x date, would you be able to do a quick up do then, rather than taking another time/day to do it? How much would that be?” See what she says…

or if you are having engagement photos, make that your trial run for both hair and makeup (I did that for MUA). That’s assuming you would already pay for hair/MU for it, or are doing engagement photos. 

There is also another option for MU. Go to a place with great makeup you are willing to buy, have them do your MU for free and buy a couple lower priced items your MU can use on your big day, such as a foundation –which to me was most important to “perfect.” That way you get a free trial of some kind and a guarantee that the foundation or whatever item you think is vital, is perfect for you, and you can use it again on your wedding day. 

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