(Closed) Did you do a makeup trial after picking your MUA?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2853 posts
Sugar bee

I had my trials after I signed the contract for my MUA.

She books up fast so I had to lock her in well over a year in advance.  I didn’t want to do a trial that far ahead, incase I changed my mind on the look I was going for.  I knew my MUA did amazing work based on her photos and the recommendation of my planner as they’ve worked together many times.  I had my trial 3 weeks before my wedding.  As it turned out, I already knew what I wanted so I showed her a photo and she got it spot on.

IMO…the point of a trial is to do a practice run after you’ve agreed to do business.  It is not an audition..

Post # 3
1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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saradiana32 :  Trials are normally booked after you’ve picked the MUA and are an opportunity to make sure you get the exact look you’re hoping for on your wedding day.

I would highly recommend doing a trial, even if you’re confident in your MUA’s skills and previous work. After my trial, I took a lot of photos and found a bunch of small things I wanted to change before the big day, such as the lip colour, amount of eyeliner etc. I feel like if I hadn’t had the trial, I still would have had beautiful make-up on my wedding day, but it wouldn’t have been the exact look I wanted. 

Post # 4
10210 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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saradiana32 :  

Most definitely.  Your makeup trial is your chance to make sure you will be happy with the MUA’s work on your wedding day.  That’s not the day you want to experiment.

You will also be able to play around with it at your trial to get a look you love and that will photograph well.

Post # 5
1415 posts
Bumble bee

Yep I did two trials with two different MUAs. The first one, her products did not sit well on my skin, so I had to search for another MUA. I would recommend doing a trial.

Post # 6
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I highly recommend doing a trial. My makeup & hair are being done by the same person, and to make the most out of my trial I got it done before taking our engagement photos so I got to see how the look worked in photos and what needs to be changed for our wedding. I loved my look, however now I get to tweak some things (eg. different colour lip, bolder brow, etc) to have exactly what I want on my wedding day 🙂

Post # 7
206 posts
Helper bee

I have my makeup done quite often, for evening events. On the night, I always feel amazing. But when I see the photos later on, I can spot her mistakes/room for improvement. because of this I am switching MUAs, I think she’s too heavy handed.

Hindsight is 20/20. Do the trial, go out, take lots of photos (early on and when you’re sweaty and drunk!) and review them two weeks afterwards. You may change your mind.

Post # 8
1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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saradiana32 :  Did my trial after I chose my MUA. 

Post # 9
5521 posts
Bee Keeper

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saradiana32 :  I booked my trial after booking my MUA. The main purpose of a trial is to try out different looks, not select the MUA. The going rate for I am for a trial is £70+ so I wouldn’t have wanted to shell out lots of money doing trials with different MUAs to check their work, though if I hadn’t been happy after my trial I would have swallowed the loss and gone elsewhere. I was fortunate though in that I found mine at a wedding fair and she was doing live demos and had loads of examples of her work.

At the trial you need to try different looks; it’s good to have some idea of what you want though. It gives you the chance to make sure it suits you and you can make any changes as needed eg I asked mine to go lighter on the eyebrows. Also agree with PPs to take lots of photos; if you can combine with your engagement shoot this would be ideal.

Post # 10
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’ve done it the same way, booked my MUA as i saw her photos look amazing and she has years of experience. I probably won’t get a trial until closer to the wedding. 

Post # 11
661 posts
Busy bee

I had my trial after I booked. It was to get an idea of what I wanted for the actual wedding day, so we weren’t wasting time trying a bunch of things the day of. She kept notes of what I wanted so she was more prepared the day of. It actually worked out really well because I booked the trial the day of my engagement pictures, as others have mentioned, so that the look wasn’t “wasted”.

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