(Closed) how necessary are trial runs of makeup and hair?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would highly recommend them!

I was positive I was going to book a make-up artist I found by her profile gallery. I went ahead with the trial because she said if I booked her the trial would be free.

Sooo happy I went to the trial, because I did not like the makeup!! 

I showed her pictures of what I wanted and she did nothing I asked.

It looked like the makeup I do on myself normally…

She told me she did what she thought would be more “bridal”. Ugh…

 

I lost some money, but atleast I know I will feel beautiful for my wedding and not completely disappointed with my makeup.

I paid for 3 trials with 3 different makeup artist.  The last one was finally amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@tessa9876: I feel like they are VERY necessary. The hair trial I had looked good, but I realized that 1) it did not stay in very well throughout the day and 2) it wasnt exactly what I wanted. The same with the make up! I actually had a different woman do my make up because I did not like how the first one did it with me showing her pictures and everything. I can show you before and afters if you would like?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m really glad I did both trials. We ended up paying quite a bit of money for a photographer, and I didn’t want to have to stress out over whether I would end up hating my hair or makeup in all of the photos. Plus, both hair and makeup went really smoothly on my wedding day, which meant our day-of schedule proceeded as planned.

Post # 7
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1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Definitely recommend doing them! Seriously, you don’t want to be surprised on the day of your wedding with what your makeup and hair are going to look like. Even a talented stylist might have a completely different idea than you do as to how you look best. That kind of understanding can easily be worked out during a trial.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Before hair and make up:

 

AFTER hair/makeup

Post # 9
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751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I didn’t do one for either hair or makeup and I LOVED my hair and makeup on our wedding day.  I just gave each person a TON of pictures of what I wanted (it’s important that your pictures are consistent and you really know what you want) and they I let them work their magic. 

Post # 10
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have mixed feelings about paying for hair/mu trials.  I paid $120 for 3 hrs of hair trails and was one of the biggest wastes of $ ever!  I have been told many times my hair looked so much better when I did my own trial.  My 1st mu trial was at BB and thank goodness I didn’t pay for it (although I bought about $450 of product!)  I looked like a 20 yr old going out to a club-not good.  I had a 2nd mu trial at BB and it was much better.  I definately recommend trials though-even if you do it yourself, especially mu, bc it photographs so different than what your used to.  I have been taking pics of my mu every day for about 2 wks now to perfect it-it’s trial and error… Good luck!!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would love to have a trial, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen, since I live in a different city. How do you arrange a trial if you’re out of town? Do you do it a day or two before the wedding?

 

Post # 12
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414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i would highly recommend it

i paid for trial for 1 artist for $140, and even put deposit.  then i thought about it and looked at the pix i took of my trial, and i didn’t like her style

i ended up hiring another make up artist and paid for her trial.  my wedding is not here yet but i’m hoping i made a better choice by replacing artist #1. 

it’s worth it

 

Post # 13
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7489 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I never even considered not doing a trial.  It’s too special of an occasion to risk having a stylist who didn’t make me look good or I just flat out didn’t like.  It is expensive but I felt like it was a necessary expense.

Post # 14
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think they are a good idea BUT not always an option!! Im having a Destination Wedding so no trials for me!!  Im planning on bringing plenty of pics so my “idea” is clear!!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had my first makeup trial the day of my engagement pictures.  I wanted to see how it looked on camera and I HATED it.  This person came very very highly recommended on the Knot so I was surprised I didn’t like her style.  She got my coloring all wrong and put way too much on me.  I’m really happy I had a trial with her because I would have booked her blindly.

I booked another trial for a few months later and have been really happy with them so far.  I would definitely recommend going for a trial if you can.  Mine were $40 each, but maybe you can negotiate if funds are super tight.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@pebble:

 

Oh, that is a problem.  Maybe you can get referrals/recommendations from other brides in the area where your Destination Wedding will be?

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