Are hair and makeup trials a must?

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
  • poll: Pay for the trials?
    ABSOLUTLEY : (39 votes)
    91 %
    Skip it : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Makeup trial only : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Hair trial only : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    9521 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would for sure do the makeup trial at least.

    I hated my first makeup trial. It was AWFUL. I looked like a corpse! This girl was so highly recommended, but she did not listen to anything I wanted at all.

    Second one I was allergic to the makeup…puffy face and urgent care visit…super fun.

    My hair trial was meh, but if you have difficult hair to work with it might be a good idea.

    Post # 3
    600 posts
    Busy bee

    I recommend doing trials. I didn’t do any, cause I thought how hard is it to do a nice up-do. Apparently it can be very hard. I made the lady redo my hair 3 times and it still looked so bad. I went home and had to re-do it myself! 

    Post # 4
    351 posts
    Helper bee

    I didn’t do a hair trial because I chose a simple style and used my usual hairdresser. 

    So happy I had a make up trial though! The trial made me look horrendous – so garish and not on trend at all. I ended up ditching that make up artist and using the same one my best friend had for her wedding. She’d done my bridesmaid make up at my best friend’s wedding and made my skin and eyes look fantastic. 

    Post # 5
    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    Month twin! Yay!

    I don’t know about anyone else, but if I was going to cut costs for a wedding, hair and makeup trials would be the LAST things I would avoid. 

    Cut costs with your DJ or dress or something. I have never met someone who regretted having hair and makeup trials. 

    Post # 6
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I wouldn’t skip them. My hair is pretty cooperative so I could’ve skipped the hair trial but I’m quite pale so definitely needed the makeup trial. It sounds like you probably need them, particularly with curly hair. 

    Post # 7
    1619 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    I didn’t have one because I had to travel and arrives the say before so no time. If I had the option I probably would do it. 


    I’m so lucky my hair and makeup turned out amazing, just what I wanted! So it’s not always necessary, but you never know….

    Post # 8
    11612 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    ohdarling :  I think you should, bee. There are so many things you might want to tweak or even have bigger issues with. It’s just not worth messing with. I know it sucks but in the end it will give you a better result! 


    Westwood :  omg you poor thing! That sounds awful re the allergy and urgent care visit. A good example for why it’s worth a trial. 

    Post # 9
    3887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    My first hair and makeup trial was awful, I looked like a cross between the Queen and a child beauty pageant contestant. My sister actually laughed when she saw me! So yeah… super glad that was only a trial. I didn’t book with them… 

    Post # 10
    875 posts
    Busy bee

    I definitely would. I hated my makeup trial and based on it, decided to skip a MUA. So it actually saved me money!

    Post # 11
    7049 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I did not BUT I’m also in the wedding industry and the vendors I hired are all vendors I work with on the regular so I knew them all well and was very familiar with the quality of their work.

    If you’re at all concerned, do the trail. Here’s the thing I tell my couples (I’m a wedding photog)…when it comes to their wedding day beauty – don’t scrimp. You are the ONE person who is literally photographed the entire day. I can’t tell you how many girls I’ve had over the years who ended up unhappy with their wedding day look because they scrimped on their own personal care – be it hair, makeup, or dress/alterations. 

    Post # 12
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I would definitely do both.

    Luckily, my makeup turned out perfectly during the trial, but it would have been really unfortunate had I not done a trial and been unhappy on the wedding day.

    I recently had my hair trial and I’m so happy I did it! I went in with a pretty clear idea of what I wanted. The stylist executed the design perfectly, but I realized once it was actually done on me that I didn’t really like it! I was able to work with the stylist to tweak the style into something that I really loved.

    I agree with PP that this is definitely not a place to cut costs! If you don’t do trials and end up being unhappy on your big day, then unfortunately that’s the hair and makeup that will be in all your photos!

    Post # 13
    3166 posts
    Sugar bee

    For the love of god, pay the extra money and do the hair and makeup trial. You don’t want to find out on your wedding day her favorite things ever are eyebrows as thick as batwings, foundation 4 shades lighter than your natural skin tone, and more highlighter and contouring than all the Kardashians put together. 

    Post # 14
    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Definitely do it as I loved my trial on the day but now looking back at photos (did trial for hens night) there are things I want to change or tweak to get the look exactly right.

    Post # 15
    754 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

    Depends…. The style I want in hair and MU is so simple Inliterslly coukd do it myself but If rather not to ensuring lasts so I’m happy to pay a professional, but don’t feel it’s easy to screw up.

    If I was looking for something technical or had difficulties to be discussed or inwas a picky then yes if it’s in budget 

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