Post # 1
I was looking up prices for hair and makeup to enter into my budget. I am getting married in Scotland. The dollar is super weak against the pound, and it’s looking like hair and makeup will be about $200… And the same for a trial. $400 on hair and makeup is brutal, especially when we are having a very intimate, low budget wedding.
I searched weddingbee before posting this and everyone really recommends trials. I am not super picky (and quite frankly, any makeup will look better than what I can do!). Is it possible to skip hair and makeup trial? If I only do one, which is most important?
Post # 2
i say try and do it yourself… Depending on how intricate you need your hair to be … Play around with it or have a friend that will be with you try to do it and just see .
Post # 3
That is crazy priced. I had my trial yesterday only because I have never had an up do before. Cost me $25 and looked beautiful! No makeup though. It is all preference.
Post # 4
Where have you been looking? I got married in the UK and in a few places I checked out, they deducted the cost of the trial from the price of your on the day hair and makeup. Mine actually didn’t do that, but I didn’t pay anywhere near that much, Im sure you could find it cheaper.
Post # 5
Actually, I paid $175 for both trials & the same for my day of.
How are you wearing your hair, OP? Is it a style you could do on your own or as the PP suggested, with a friend?
I would want a pro doing my make up, especially since I knew I wanted airbrushing.
Post # 6
Would you be interested to do a cheap trial? Atleast for make up. Go to the make up counter in the mall, they give free trials if you buy a product or two. You can do the same the morning of the wedding or have pictures taken along with a product list to recreate it.
Post # 7
I didn’t do either. With my hair, I got a few extensions sewn in the week before. On the day of my wedding my sister curled my hair using a curl wand. I always wanted a simpler style, but from the moment I got engaged, I still had it in my head that a trial was a must. By the time the wedding got close, funds ran low, and my time even lower. It just didn’t seem like a priority anymore, so I decided to wing it.
With the makeup, At first, I planned for my DH’s cousin to do it. She does make up professionally for MAC and I’ve seen a lot of her work, so I was extremely comfortable that she’d just be able to create a beautiful look for me the day of. I knew we couldn’t do a trial because she lived a few states away, so that wasn’t an option. Well about a month before my wedding, she tells us that she can’t make it (nevermind the fact that her son was supposed to be in the wedding, and I offered to pay for her hotel). Well after that I had to quickly find someone else. I didn’t have the money or time (would have required me to drive 2 hours to the area of my wedding) for a trial. So I just hired someone who had a decent portfolio, good prices, and an opening, and I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. One of the things I did do before the wedding day was send the MUA photos of me and photos of make up looks that I liked on other people. I did this so she’d have an idea of my style, my skin tone, and facial features. It may not have been necessary, but I thought it might help with no trial. I was honestly extremely impressed with my MUA on our wedding day. All of the ladies in my wedding party raved about her. I guess I got lucky.
Post # 8
I know how you feel, I’m in England and these services are very expensive. I paid £365 for my trial and day of hair and make up girls combined which included travel. That’s $570! I also paid for my sister to have hers done on the day, so it was another £100 on top of that.
If you’re going to drop one then usually you would drop make up. We tend to do our own make up on a daily basis but our hair is much more difficult to get right.
I’m glad I did my trials though, I was able to ask for heavier made up eyes and a bolder lip for the day. I would have just gone along with it if I’d met the MUA for the first time on the day!
I’d say if you go for both then get a girl who specialises in both hair and make up. I had different which naturally pushed the price up. But, of the combined beautician I saw online, one always preferred to do one of the services and let themselves down on the other.
Post # 9
Of course it’s possible. I didn’t do trials, and I was happy with the end result. I would recommend finding a hairstylist and makeup artist who you really like, and whose previous work reflects your vision. My makeup artist had tons of costume makeup shots on her page, but also some really beautiful, natural looks that were what I wanted. Her portfolio showed me that she was skilled and had experience with the kind of look I wanted. On the other side, I passed on several MUAs who were not very friendly in our initial exchanges, or provided incomplete answers to the questions I asked right away (about products and pricing), or whose work didn’t seem up to the quality I wanted. I would not recommend going to someone without a trial if you haven’t seen examples of their work.
IMO, trials are essential for people who have a very specific vision. I knew what I wanted, but I also knew that if my hair wasn’t quite as wavy as I’d imagined it, I wouldn’t mind. So I skipped the trials without any drama.
Post # 10
If you are located in the US then your’re lucky! Go to the closest Ulta or Sephora and get everything done dirt cheap. Makeup at Ulta costs $40 and they also have a hair salon, so you can get everything done for about $100 total. Makeup at Sephora is free but you have to buy $50 worth of product, which is a great deal because you get free makeup and but some great high end product that you can try and return if you don’t like it. So I’m not sure where you are looking at getting your stuff done, but the price you got quoted is obscene
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2014 - Maui
I don’t understand the suggestions to get a trial at the makeup counter or do it yourself. Isn’t the whole point of a trial to see how that particular makeup artist handles your makeup? Anyway, I got married in Hawaii, destination elopement, so I didn’t have time to schedule a trial. Plus it would have been really expensive, so I did without. The makeup artist did an amazing job on the day. I’m also not so fussed and was happy to leave it to a pro. I did show her some inspiration pics though.
Post # 12
I had a hair and makeup trial. The hair was amazing but the makeup was a disaster! I hated the look of myself in the mirror when the artist did her ‘ta-dah’ moment. When I said I didn’t like it, she asked me which bits and I was like ‘all of it’. I would have cried most of it off if it hadn’t been stuck to my face like superglue. I don’t even want to comtemplate what I would have felt like if that had been my wedding day and not just the trial. That is 100% why people recommend trials. It takes an element of stress/worry/uncertainty out of your wedding day. I know lots of Bees had perfect experiences with their hair and makeup artists right from the start, but I just knew I was not going to be that lucky (and I was right!)
Post # 13
I didn’t do a trial for my makeup nor my hair. I hired someone to do it for the day of, and saw enough of her work that she posts regularly on FB. I decided I trusted her to do a good job, and that I didn’t need to do a test run. It worked out great! I think it helped that I generally know what looks good on me, and I didn’t ask for anything too out there. I chose a look that she seems to be very familiar with.
I would just say to schedule enough time of the day of to make sure there’s some time to make changes in case you’re not 100% happy.
Post # 14
I’m in Canada… So the dollar is super weak. The quotes I got were £50-55 for hair and the same for makeup. Most were the same cost for a trial or make £10 less. My Future Sister-In-Law actually got a quote for me, the bridesmaids, and MOB/MOG and it was almost $900 Cad. That’s almout 1/10 of our wedding budget. I nearly had a heart attack.
Post # 15
FWIW- I am not a picky bride. I honestly don’t care. I don’t have a particular vision… If the artist did something else that they thought would look better I wouldn’t care. In my head right now, I see a low, loose updo (I’m useless at doing hair and definitely couldn’t do it) and a soft, lighter smoky eye with simple face and lips. I think it would be hard to get wrong.