(Closed) Hair and Makeup – How did you pick the vendor?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I asked around for referrals and tried to look at websites.

I found the makeup artist online, and just went ahead and scheduled the trial. I figured if I hated it and couldn’t work with her, I’d just move to the next.

I’ve been dragging my feet on hair. I think I’ve decided to just book a trial at a popular salon (based on referrals) and hope for the best!

Post # 4
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

Look for a makeup artist that combines her trial run and deposit together! Do it at least three months before your wedding date, if not six if she’s busy! You can tell by her portfolio work/website if she’s worth risking a trial for. Good luck!!

Post # 5
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I used my normal hair dresser who happens to be a good friend. I would ask around and maybe find someone by word of mouth.

Post # 6
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i’m going to the salon tonight we’re considering booking to check it out and have my hair done to see what kind of a job they do. They have all good reviews and are relatively cheap compared to others in the area..which is important to me since i can not afford to pay for all 7 of my BM’s hair, i want it to be reasonable. Ask the salon if they will let you come in and look around, also some salons have offered that i can come in while they’re doing a wedding to look, so maybe ask about that?

Post # 7
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My normal hairdresses is doing our hair, and we are using a makeup artist that she recommended.

Post # 9
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@cutexkitty:i i had 2 trials for my own wedding – one is an artist I picked myself, and the other was selected and recommended by my mother-in-law. Initially I did not want to go to the second trial because of budget concerns…but my mother-in-law was very adamant about it – and I believe it was also the vendor she wanted to get her makeup/hair done so I tried it out and ended up going with 2nd one because everyone seemed to like the 2nd vendor more and it made my mother-in-law happy! ‘Traditionally’ in Korea, according to my mother-in-law, the mother-in-law plans MOST of the wedding, and since we were in LA, she didn’t get to participate and it made her feel very sad.  So of course I factored that into deciding which vendor I ended up with.  I already paid a deposit so I ended up using the deposit on my MOH/my mom. Actually the 2 vendors cost about the same, and they were both very very good so it was a tough decision.

What I recommend is requesting a copy of the contract beforehand and in person, it’s also a good opportunity to ask questions about policies and contract terms.  Hair/Makeup related questions is up to you – but one thing you should do is volunteer information you know about your skin/hair and questions you might have about that will come up. For example…I know I have oily eyelids and smudging is a huge issue for me – so I want to tell the artist that I have this issue and MOST brands I use will smudge since oil dissolves oil. In the end – both trials I smudged a little bit, so! I brought my own eyeliner~ lol but that’s besides the point – if you know things about your skin/sensitivities & allergies, then a lot of the questions you ask will target that.  Imagine if I didn’t do a trial…i’d have RACCOON EYES for my big day!!

Some things I can imagine people asking: “How long before should I wax my eyebrows?” “Should I exfoliate my body and my skin the day before?” “If I am getting a hair cut, will it affect the up-do?”  “When should I get my roots touched up?”

The trial is the interview. You are interviewing the vendor, but the vendor is also interviewing you.  You are doing the right thing by trying to decide in advanced.  Last summer, I received a voicemail from a bride who shared that she would like to schedule a trial with me and when I called her back, she shared that she already had 2 or 3 trial sessions and her wedding was 1-2 months away (that would almost be as expensive of the day-of cost!) I asked her why she was not happy with the vendors, and she felt like they didn’t address her concerns.  I then convinced her to go back to one of the vendors she felt MORE comfortable with and see if that vendor can address her concerns before deciding whether or not to have another trial session with me. And! She didn’t call me back which means she was able to resolve it and feel more comfortable with one of the vendors!  There are many artists in the East Coast that charge $600-800 for the trial and anyhow…one artist had a bride who also went through 2-3 trials because she didn’t want to pay $600-800 for a trial…and FINALLY after failed attempts, decided to have a trial with my artist friend…and when her parents saw her makeup/hair look, they got teary, and said: “Why didn’t you go with her in the first place!?!?” 

So what I’m trying to say here with this true anecdotes is that there’s nothing that can replace a trial session in terms of deciding your makeup/hair vendor. And not going to your first choice in the get-go might mean spending money on more than one trial – and that’s money you will not get back.  

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