(Closed) Did you do a hair/makeup trial? Why or why not?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I probably won’t do a hair trial as I am doing nothing fancy but I will probably get a make up trial because it is my first time ever being with this make up artist so I would like to see what her plans are for me. I am being charged $85 for the trial.

Post # 3
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

I haven’t done it yet but I definitely am. We are trying to schedule it in the next month. I let someone do my hair and makeup one time for prom and I hated it! I don’t wear alot of makeup so I need to make sure that I don’t look like a clown, or feel like a clown. I’m not so worried about my hair but definitely the makeup.

Post # 4
1594 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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KatJoy227:  Yes, I did and I’m glad I did.  I would have been very unhappy with the hair and makeup if it was on the wedding day.

Hair: I showed her a pic and she copied it exactly but when I finally saw it on me, I didn’t like it at all.  Told her what I liked/didn’t like and she was able to make my hair perfect on the wedding day.

Makeup: I wanted “natural but still done” but it was a little too made up for me still.  We switched out the lashes and the foundation and went lighter on the eyeshadow and I was very happy on the wedding day.

Don’t get me wrong – she was really, really talented and she honestly gave me the EXACT hair in the picture I showed her – it was me that couldn’t communicate what I wanted effectively.    

I think it was 1/2 price for the trial (I paid maybe $60 or something? – don’t remember) and totally worth it for me.

EDIT to add: I also wanted to see how I reacted to the makeup (airbrush).  I’m allergic to random makeup things, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t have some sort of reaction or rash to the airbrushing, mascara, eyelash glue, etc.  She actually used her mascara on me during the trial and it made my eyes puffy within a few minutes, so on the wedding day, I had her use mine to prevent the reaction. 

Post # 5
2065 posts
Buzzing bee

I did both.  I did them because I wanted to make sure that the style I picked was something that I liked.  I also wanted to kind of get a general idea of what I would look like on my wedding day.  I am glad I did the trials because I did end up tweaking some things around and it would have been hard to do that the day of the wedding.  So the day of I was super relaxed and calm because I knew what the end result was going to be.

Cost I think it was $85 for each.  But really the price depends on your area and your salon.

Post # 6
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I did. I actually had to do two makeup trials because my skin had a bad reaction to the foundation the MUA used the first time, so I’m really glad we did a trial. Both the hair & makeup trials were included in the overall cost ($350), and she did the 2nd makeup trial free of charge.

Post # 7
102 posts
Blushing bee

I had a hair and makeup trial, and I am beyond thankful that I did.  I had my wedding at a town about three hours from where I live, so I knew I would be going to a new place. I had decided on this particular salon because they advertised a really fun experience for all the bridal party on the morning of, and the distance was about right.  Well at my trial the girls in the salon were completely unfriendly and acted disinterested in anything except for gossipping with each other.  I may have been able to live with that if I had loved their work, but the girl who did my makeup did the worst job I have ever seen.  I told her I wear my makeup pretty natural, so she chose a blue smoky eye with zero blending.  I wanted to try airbrush, because I had never had it done, and the girl said she could do it.  Well, turns out she lied as she was reading the directions on box the entire time.  Needless to say, I ended up looking like a clown.  I had to scramble to find replacements, but the hair stylist and makeup artist I ended up with were both wonderful.  I can’t even imagine how miserable I would have been had I not done a trial and gone with the first salon.  So unless you know the individuals at the salon, or personally know someone who has used them I would definitely advise you to do a trial. 

Post # 8
3458 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t. I had a destination wedding. And even though I flew in my makeup artist, I know her work and she’s very experienced with people with my basic coloring, etc. The closest I came was that she did my makeup for the rehearsal dinner. It was then that I learned I didn’t really care for how she did my eyebrows, so I simply did my own for the wedding and she did everything else. Couldn’t have been more pleased.

I was supposed to stop in MIA on the way to the wedding in order to get my extensions applied and then I was going to pin it up myself the morning of the wedding. I ended up missing my flight, so I was lucky to find someone to do my hair on the island (the one who did my nails had a colleague from the same salon hook me up). I also couldn’t have been more pleased with how that turned out. 

Post # 9
5538 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I wish I had because I didn’t really like my hair or make up at my wedding.

Post # 10
1991 posts
Buzzing bee

BOTH. I’m not leaving it to chance that I like how I’m going to look on MY wedding day 🙂

I already had one makeup trial and it was awful. Luckily my shitty “pro” MUA bailed on me and now I’ve found another great one. We just did my trial 2 weekends ago and it was great, just need some tweaking for the big day.

I contacted a hair salon for my wedding day hair and she recommended doing the trial one month before the wedding.

Post # 11
1320 posts
Bumble bee

Ohhhhh my gosh do it. My first trial went so horribly, I’m so glad I did it so I could find somebody else and have a second trial. 

Post # 12
578 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I did both hair and make-up trials and I am SO glad I did. The first hair stylist I trialed with was decent but the style fell apart within 2 hours. And the make-up artist did not get me at all. I looked a mess.


The next trial I had was a combo hair/make-up artist and she was so awesome at both that I ended up going with her and could not have been happier. 


Hair Trial 1: $50

Make-Up Trial 1: $75


Hair & Makeup Combo Trial 2: $90 for both


Do the trial! 

Post # 13
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I am not doing trials only because my wedding is in Mexico and there’s no time before. I am 2.5 weeks out and FREAKING OUT. What if I hate it? What if they have no idea what they’re doing? I asked my hair stylist and makeup artist to come to the hotel as early as possible in case I hate it and we need a do-over. So while I’m not sure yet how it will turn out, the stress alone is terrible so definitely do the trials if possible!

Post # 13
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I would def recommend that you do a trial. I recently did a trial and my hair looked like a cross between dolly parton and little house on the prairie and I was pretty upset about it. My fiance made a good point though, imagine if that had been on my wedding day!!! I would have had a panic attack.

Post # 14
167 posts
Blushing bee

I won’t be, but only because 1. I’m a hairdresser and 2. I have a pixie and look like Justin Bieber 

were doing nails instead for the relaxating morning portion 😄

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