Are hair and makeup trials really necessary?

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 16
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206 posts
Helper bee

If you can afford it, without a doubt yes. I had a young, gorgeous family member rush to the alter looking the worst I have ever seen her!

Turns out she hated her hair and tried to redo it herself… despite all the product to keep the first style in place. She was visibly upset, which made her look more a mess and went around complaining about how she looked!

Post # 18
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2820 posts
Sugar bee

I found it really helpful to do the trials because what looks good on random models doesn’t necessarily work with your face shape/hair type/skin tone. 

It’s good for them to get an idea of what your skin and hair are like so that they can adjust accordingly. For example we realized that my hair doesn’t hold a curl well so she made changes on the day to accommodate. I also wore the lashes for a while after the trial to make sure I was comfortable in them. 

ETA: just saw your update! Smart to do the trial. If the person is with a company then I would tip, but if he/she’s an independent contractor you don’t necessarily need to. 

 

Post # 19
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1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I did a trial and I’m so glad I did. My make-up was SO awful that I cancelled with that company and found a new make-up artist. And then did another trial with her. ha! 

I did tip at the trials – they still provided a service.

Post # 20
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3837 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

For me it was necessary! My trial was horrible so I did not go with that salon, and I also learned that professional updos really hurt my head so I changed styles too!

Post # 22
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1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

girl. i just had my trials this past saturday. hair was awesome. makeup was a MESS! im very into makeup so i thought maybe i was being too picky but no, i just didnt like it. i didnt like some of the products she used and i didnt enjoy the end result. so she offered to do another trial (for free) to make sure i like it. had i not done a trial, i would have been walking around NOT feeling beautiful at my own wedding! i am in the same boat as you, maybe just doing it myself. and i might, if she doesnt do a better job at the second trial. i dont think youre crazy at all. alot of brides do their own makeup. if you know how you like to look, id say to do it yourself.

Post # 23
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1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

emeraldbee :  same. and im shocked. the place im using is a 4 year in a row “the knot winner” so i thought i was golden. no. no. no. my makeup was terrible. im alittle stressed

Post # 24
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512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I’m still really glad that I did a trial for both.  I found out that my hair doesn’t cooperate the way I thought it would, so I was able to take the time in my trial to find something that worked.

Post # 25
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Santa Barbara, CA

Was the hairstylist the one that did the makeup?  I feel like most of the time if you go with a hairstylist that does makeup, you don’t get the same quality/detail of a makeup artist.  I work as a makeup artist and I’ve had so many people tell me this.  I don’t see anything wrong with doing your own makeup, as long as you take a few extra steps on your makeup for that day. Primer under your foundation & eyeshadow, heavier color on lips & cheeks, highlighter/contour and eyebrow pencil/powder.  The benefit of having a makeup artist do it is usually the longer wear time & more polished/heavier than your everyday look.

Post # 26
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Santa Barbara, CA

NikkiBee18: Also, did you tell them you weren’t happy with the hair/makeup? They should have fixed/redone it.  The whole point of the trial (at least when I do them) is to try different things and see what you like.  

Post # 29
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Santa Barbara, CA

NikkiBee18 :  o

Oh I see.  I mean it’s good that you did a trial with them instead of just booking them for your wedding day! Imagine being stuck with that hair/makeup on your big day😱

Is your skin dry or combination/oily?

For eyeshadow primer you can’t go wrong with either Mac Paint Pot in painterly or Urban decay primer potion

Post # 30
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291 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s worth it. I did just a hair trial since I wanted to make sure I liked the style with my dress. 

I don’t typically wear much makeup and knew I’d just go very natural looking on my day. I brought my foundation and fave palette to my MUA so I knew the colours would work on me and I would just have a more professional application which worked out well. I would have done a trial but the timing didn’t work out (we planned our wedding in a very short time frame) 

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