Are hair and makeup trials a must?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Pay for the trials?

    ABSOLUTLEY

    Skip it

    Makeup trial only

    Hair trial only

  • Post # 16
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    822 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I had a hair trial. I loved the back (and used it for my real wedding), but didn’t like the front (it was well done, but not ‘me’). The hairdresser did a different front on the day and I was soooo much happier.

    I did my own makeup, but if someone else had done it then I would definitely have wanted a trial as I have a lot of friends who didn’t like the first attempt (usually because it was thicker than they were used to).

    Post # 17
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    1203 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I did not have a hair/make up trial (didn’t want to spend the extra $200+) and it worked out fine for me. I loved my hair and makeup!

    Overall, I’m not fussy though. I found some pictures of past work she had done and pointed out what I liked and also trusted her judgement on what would be good for me.

    Post # 18
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    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I only did a makeup trial BUT that is because I was very confident in the skills of the hairstylist that was going to be doing my hair.  Makeup trials are absolutely necessary because depending on the look you want, it is time consuming and you need to be sure that you are going to look like you envisioned.  there is no time to change it on the day. 

    Post # 19
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    88 posts
    Worker bee

    I am so confident in my makeup artist that I am not having a trial done. This is a unique situation though because I planned to have one done with my original makeup artist until she flaked 2 weeks before my wedding. I have very long, thick hair and I felt I needed a trial for that because nobody is ever ready for all this hair the first time around haha she needed to be prepared. I would say that if you have no worry at all, just skip it. However, if you are second guessing styles and what will look best I’d do a trial.

    Post # 20
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    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

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    ohdarling :  I didn’t do any trials but I try the hairstyle and make up for an event (I was going to see a show), and my engagement photoshoot. I didn’t like my make up for the show, so I did differently on my engagement and love it. So that the one I used for my wedding. They charge me the regular price which was 80$ for me and my mother.

    I don’t count it because it was so cheap but i did do a trial for make up, she was highly recommended among my friends. She just started her business in wedding and charge 20$ since I was the first. I tried it and hated it. It was all cakey.

    Post # 21
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    614 posts
    Busy bee

    I definitely thought they were helpful. I walked out of the trials loving everything and, after a few hours of looking at it in the mirror, I realized there were things I wanted to tweak about it for the wedding. 

    Post # 22
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    120 posts
    Blushing bee

    I would say yes if you’ve never used the stylist/makeup artist before. I did a trial with one girl before my engagement photos the following month. Honestly I hated what colors she used, hated my hair, and I knew it wasn’t going to work out for the wedding. I still used her for the engagement photos, but I knew what to ask her for this time so I would still feel like me.

    For the actual wedding photos I used another makeup artist that I loved from when I hired her for a boudoir shoot. She was way more expensive and I had to pay a huge travel fee that I didn’t know about. But in the end it was worth it. Her makeup skills were way better.

    Post # 23
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    335 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m glad I did trials for both – mind you, they weren’t even close to how expensive yours are!

    My hair trial turned out horribly. I wanted hollywood waves so my regular hairdresser, who is awesome at her job, washed, blow dried and put my hair in rollers then was going to brush them out – brushing them out just turned into a frizzy mess and I had never felt so ugly. I have very thick hair and it doesn’t respond well to blow drying. She felt terrible and only charged me $20. We agreed I would come in on the day of with freshly washed and air dried hair and she would use a curling iron then brush it out. I was so happy and loved my bridal hair!

    My makeup trial was just a mess. Ignored my skin tone, undertone, skin type, and eyebrows. I was a too deep warm-toned, oil slick mess with no eyebrows and sad lashes. I’m usually the lightest foundation shade, cool-toned, matte AF (I love my powders, I have such oily skin) with wicked brows and lashes. She charged me $80 and I told her I was going to do my own makeup. I have no regrets about doing my own the day of, I felt like myself and so beautiful.

    If your confident in your artists, I say skip the trials. But if you’re not, it’s worth the money.

    Post # 24
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    430 posts
    Helper bee

    I had a makeup trial and was super happy with it … I originally thought I’d go with the artist who did my makeup for my engagement photos but she was much more expensive and I wasn’t toatlly happy with the result. I did a trial with another artist at it was so great! I’m not bothering with a hair trial because I’m going with a simple style and my usual stylist – I’m willing to take a chace and save the $$.

    Post # 26
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    2060 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

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    ohdarling :  I think I’m going against the grain saying no but I guess it’s because my hair and MUA had done my hair on a regular basis prior to my wedding so I had full faith in her without a trial. If it’s just someone you found for the wedding I would probably do a trial.  It would have just been wasted money for me because I knew what kind of work she did. Needless to say my hair and make up turned out amazing and everyone asked me who did it. 

    Post # 27
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    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2019

    The thought of not having a hair and makeup trial gives me anxiety LOL!

    Post # 28
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I think it definitely depends on what you think you want! I knew I wanted something very simple and I didn’t get a trial done, ended up absolutely loving my hair and makeup. But if you have specific ideas or know that the look you want might be more complicated then I would absolutely go for it! The last thing you want is to be stressing about hair or makeup on the day of the wedding.

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