(Closed) How important is the makeup trial? (and a bit of venting)

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

sipporah :  Personally… I think it’s reasonably important. You only have to look up trial disaster threads on this site to see a few examples of Bees who tried professional make-up artists but got less than professional results. 

That said, a lot of it depends on how fussy you are about these sorts of things. If you’re a perfectionist or have a really firm idea of how you like your make-up done, then it’s more important to have a trial. If you’re more go with the flow and happy to work with the artist on the day to change anything you don’t like until you get what you want (if need be), then it could work out fine.

I totally understand the frustration and lining up hair and make-up was one of my trickier wedding planning things too, which I found kind of weird! Is there any chance that the artist could come to you one evening after work? Or meet you somewhere between the salon and your place? I know having a trial at night isn’t ideal, but it may be better than nothing. 

Good luck!

Post # 3
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

For me, the make up/hair trial was helpful. For a person to doesn’t put on a lot of makeup on a daily basis, I honestly had no idea what looked good on me and what kind of look I wanted. At first I wanted the whole smoky eyes dramatic look, but after seeing it on myself, I knew it wasn’t me so now I am opting for a more natural look. The makeup trial allowed me to see the skills of my makeup/hair stylist so I don’t have be worried that on my wedding day, I will end up looking like a clown.

I basically just yelped wedding hair and makeup, found someone within my price range with good reviews and made an appointment. It doesn’t need to be as stressful and complicated as it has been for you. 

I thoug

Post # 4
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

A makeup trial is pretty important especially if you have never had this MUA do your makeup before. You want to make sure you don’t look like a clown and she can get the right shades and eye makeup that fit your vision. It’s easier to have her wipe it all off and do something different during your trial instead of on your wedding day when you’re on a time crunch. 

Post # 5
5156 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

sipporah :  It’s important. I’d take an afternoon off of work. Those are normal salon hours, you can’t be mad at them because your schedule is inflexible…you knew the locations and their hours before you booked. 

Post # 6
120 posts
Blushing bee

I skipped the hair and makeup trial stuff and just brought in photos of what I was looking for on my wedding day. I also was busy and frankly, just didn’t want to spend the extra money…


Honestly, it’s my big regret. My hair and makeup did not turn out at all like I wanted them to. They gave me a much more formal/evening look than I had requested (we had a simple afternoon wedding in a local park). 


Because of this, my makeup looks kinda harsh in many of our photos. Not BAD, per se, just….it didn’t fit the surroundings, you know?


I’m sure it will bother me less over time, but I do wish I had spent that extra bit of money and time to get a look that worked for me. 

Post # 7
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I looked like I was playing a major role in a drag show after my first trial. I ended up hiring someone else, doing a second trial with her, and being extremely happy with my makeup on my wedding day.

My regular stylist did my hair. We did two trials to get the look right. She was lovely and did my wedding day hair for free.

So, after my experiences, getting a trial is super important.

Post # 8
9672 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m personally not having a makeup trial and am only having a hair trial because my stylist really wants to. Part of this is because I have a sick sense of adventure and think it will be a fun organic surprise. However, both girls are professionals in their field and are personal friends as I used to work in cosmtology so they’ve both worked on me before and know what I like and dislike. Not to mention, i’m using all my own makeup products so I know the colors will compliment me already. I feel 100% comfortable trusting in their execution and that they will make me look as good as humanly possible.

Would I recommend this to you or any other bride? No, absolutely not. I think the trial is very important in almost all cases and would highly recommend you do one in advance. You won’t have time for do-overs on your wedding day so take this time now to make sure its what you want since these people do not know you or your taste.

Post # 9
490 posts
Helper bee

Trials are extremely important. Have you paid a deposit? I would look into on location hair and makeup (thumbtack is a great place to look). A lot of time the trials can take place in your home during the week after work. 

Post # 10
1351 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It’s important, or at least was for me. I’m particular about how I look and don’t want to hate my wedding photos because I didn’t do the trail. 

Post # 11
3810 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

sipporah :  For me it was really important because I didn’t really know how to describe what I wanted.  If my hair and makeup artist had just done what she did at the trial the day of the wedding, I would not have felt confident (I thought I “had” to have my hair up even though I’ve never liked updos and thought I wanted romantic makeup, but really wanted something more dramatic). 

That being said, several of my friends just sent a picture of what they wanted and were completely satisfied the day of without ever having a trial.  It definitely depends on your comfort level, the makeup artist’s reviews, and how confident you are in the style you think you want. 

Post # 12
9623 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think its important.  At the trial I had plenty of time to ask her to change this or that.. she redid my hair completely.  This meant on the day of she knew exactly what to do and made it look even better than it ended up looking at the trial, without the two extra hours of trying this or that. (Which, if we hadn’t had, I would have just been dissapointed with my hair and makeup).

Also.. you haven’t even seen the portfolios of these people, you have no idea if they know what they’re doing.

Post # 13
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

sipporah :  I just got married this past weekend and the makeup and hair trials were REALLY important. I’m so glad I did them. Seriously, make the time to do them. I hired a makeup artist that travelled to my location to make it easier for me to schedule. It cost a little extra, but was worth it.

I have to admit, the hair and makeup arrangements were one of the most difficult things to nail down during my wedding planning. I didn’t decide on my final hair stylist until TWO DAYS before my wedding. I had 3 makeup trials (and thank God I did, if I had just went with the first person, I would have looked like a prostitute on my wedding day). 

Because of this difficulty of finding a “wedding” hairstylist, I hired my makeup artist (who also does hair) to be my hairstylist as well. She came to my apartment for the hair trial the weekend before the wedding and my hair looked HORRIBLE. I panicked but hoped for the best. Then, on the Friday before my wedding, I went to my regular hairstylist to get my hair blown out before the wedding and I panicked and said: “OMG, I hated my hair trial, are you available Sunday to do my hair for my wedding?!” And my goodness am I glad I switched at the last minute. I ended up effing GORGEOUS on my wedding day (if I may say so myself 🙂 I felt like a princess. I cannot imagine how horrible it would have been if I had hated the way I looked on top of all the other stress going on on the wedding day.

Definitely go for the hair/makeup trials! You want to feel secure and beautiful on your wedding day!

Post # 14
287 posts
Helper bee

I skipped it. I trusted my hair/make-up artist after seeing her full portfolio and following her FB page, and knew that our taste was similar. I didn’t feel like spending $150+ just to try out a look that I knew she would nail. I also know my hair, what looks good, what works, etc… so I wasn’t worried about that either. I could tell she had very good sense of aesthetic and that she was very skilled. That’s all that mattered tome.

It turned out perfectly.

Post # 15
2398 posts
Buzzing bee

It’s important. You don’t have to do them both on the same day (I didn’t). You could also take some time off of work to get them done, or schedule a trial with a salon that’s more conveniently located. These don’t sound like insurmountable problems, and I would really encourage you not to skip the trials. 

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