(Closed) Hair & makeup trial: Necessary?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
11520 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

ophelia69:  I did a hair trial – which didn’t really seem to be worth the expense, but I’m glad I did it – it made the morning of less stressful as we had already discussed how certain things would work and made sure that what i wanted WOULD work in my hair.  My MOH/Sister hated her hair and ended up in tears and re-did it when we got back to the hotel (the BMs obviously didn’t have a trial and I wouldn’t have expected them to – but she thought she wanted something simple, thought she explained well, but it was a disaster).

I would DEFINITELY recommend a hair trial.


For makeup – my sister did mine (she’s trained but not a pro).  We did a half test – just to make sure we were on the same page for my eyes.  I’m glad we did.  The pictures that I liked felt too dark on me so we tweaked, she took pictures and wrote down exactly what she did so day of it took very little time and there was no stress.


In short – I wouldn’t skip either 🙂

Post # 3
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I did not have a hair or makeup trial and it was fine. I was very happy with how everything turned out. At least where I went they don’t exactly do trial runs for free and I did not want to spend all the extra money (~$150-$200 for both) on something that I would get all done up and then immediately take down the hair and take off the makeup. Maybe if I had an excuse like an event or party to go to where I wanted to look really made up I would have done it, but I really wasn’t that concerned or picky about how it turned out.

But I did go to my usual salon to get my hair and makeup done. I have been going there for years now and have seen many bridal parties getting made up since my appointments are almost always on Saturdays. I always thought they did a great job, so I didn’t bother with a trial.

Post # 4
2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wouldn’t skip it. My Future Sister-In-Law just got married and her first H&M trial was a disaster. She cried. She have driven almost 2 hours to the city she got married in for the trial, but she was so glad she did. She booked a trial with another salon a few weeks later and all was good.

Post # 5
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

ophelia69:  YES. For yourself, do a hair and makeup trial if you are hiring someone. The person my SIL hired was out of my control, and when she completed my makeup, I looked like a straight up clown. I looked like I had fallen asleep in my makeup after a night on the town. My eyemakeup was all blotchy and black. I promptly went home, washed it off, and did my own.

Don’t let that happen to you on your wedding day.

Post # 6
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had both a hair and makeup trial, and I’m really happy I did. Both my stylist and MUA took pictures for me with the different options, so I could see how everything photographed, with and without flash. It also made the actual process faster on the wedding day, because they both verified I wanted everything the same as the trial, and just got to work. 

Also,  it’s a great way to test the hair and makeup to see if everything stays in place. We went to eat BBQ after my makeup trial was done, went shopping afterwards, etc. After putting my hair and makeup through a whole day of going inside and outside, hot weather and AC and dinner, I was confident that it wasn’t going anywhere.

Post # 7
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

ophelia69:  I think it depends on how particular you are about your makeup and hair.  If it’s something that matters a lot, maybe you can bring your bridesmaids along and make a weekend trip out of it to make the drive a little more worth it.

That’s what I’m doing for my hair trial! My friend is a haidresser and she’ll be doing hair as my wedding gift for me, the bridesmaids, and moms, but she lives in NYC which is about 4 hours from me.  I was comfortable with not bothering with a trial since my planned hairstyle isn’t very complicated, but she insisted that it would be a good idea – not only for me, but so that she would know what tools and hair products to bring when she travels here for our wedding.  

I only had my makeup professionally done once before as a bridesmaid and it was super heavy and cakey, so I definitely wanted a trial to prevent that.  It turned out great and I don’t have to worry about it on the day of.


Post # 8
7646 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

ophelia69:  I am on the fence. On one hand, it is great to get a feel for the style. Just because you think you may look good in it doesn’t mean you will like it.

However, I got a trial run of my hair, loved it, and then found out my stylist was gone for my wedding, and she didn’t tell me. So I technically wasted that money on a lady who was supposed to be my stylist. However, I lucked out big time because the new stylist’s version of what I wanted was WAY better than I could have imagined.

Post # 9
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My hair trial was AWFUL.  It was even with my regular stylist and she did a horrible job.  Highly recommend it, even if it seems like an added expense.  

Post # 10
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

ophelia69:  I think it depends on how picky you are.

I’m definitely doing a hair and makeup trial, but I have really thick hair so I want to make sure we pick something that will actually keep! My hair ALWAYS ends up falling out after a couple of hours and I’d like to try to avoid that on our wedding day!

I think what is helpful about the hair and makeup trial is that your stylist(s) have an idea going into the wedding day what you want, what you don’t want, and there is time after your trial to tweak things. 

That being said, when my best friend got married, she had a hair trial (and tweaked the style after the trial) but no makeup trial, and her makeup turned out great!

Post # 11
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

ophelia69:  I definately would. My first trial the girl made me look like a hooker. (not that there is anything wrong with that) it’s just not what i wanted for my wedding. the second trial I did the lady was wonderful and did everything as i requested. I signed the contract with her the same night i did my trial.

Post # 12
910 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


ophelia69:  Totally worth it….. It made the wedding day a lot less stressful since the girls already knew what they had to do. I did a partial updo, so after the trial I spent time looking for the right hairpieces.  Without the trial, I would have been left with less than desirable hair accessories.

The makeup was even more worse it,.,… I wore the makeup the entire day and it gave me a great idea as to what would need to be reapplied throughout the day…. (which ended up being only the lipstick…..)

Post # 13
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am so glad I did a trial, because my first one was too heavy handed and I felt like I didn’t look like myself. We adjusted, and now I’m super happy with my look!

Post # 14
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State


ophelia69:  I would consider myself a not so picky bride, but I insisted on a hair and makeup trial…just in case. Plus I love getting a bit dolled up and I used the excuse of my bridal shower to do it:) Anyways I loved how my hair turned out, but when the day came I had actually found a different style and the hairdresser was okay with it and even mentioned “no probelm, I know how your hair works and this will be perfect!”. Makeup on the other hand, it was pretty, but did not wow me. And the next day, my skin was all broken out. So i took the money I would have spent getting my makeup done for one day, invested in my own products (with much research), and with the help of a few tutorials I learned how to apply and make makeup last. The day of it was great just chilling with all my ladies, butting on makeup and enjoying the time with them. I even surprised myself on how the makeup actually turned out! Its all personal preferance but I would rather do a trial and know a little bit on how it will turn out (that is the control freak in me) then not know at all. Good luck!

Post # 15
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I had my regular hair person do my hair for another event, and I found out that he’s a genius at cut and color, but not good at updos. Had I booked him without trying it out, I would have been really disappointed.

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