Post # 1
I’ve been a little confused about makeup trials! I don’t usually wear heavy makeup, if at all.. and all this trial stuff has got my mind jumbled.
I heard you want to do your trial relatively close to the wedding date due to hair length, skin tones, and just the artist remembering you. How far in advance do you have your hair/makeup trial? A month before the date? two months?
But then, when do you actually book the actual trial? I heard makeup artists book well in advance (6-8 months in advance). So if I book an artist 8 months in advance, then have the trial one month before my wedding and hate it.. am I out of luck? Getting another reputable artist 1 month before a wedding seems risky.
Also, many brides say not to book for the wedding date until you have seen the makeup trial and are happy with it. But again, if you don’t book well in advance and wait until the trial to book for the date… theres a good chance they’ll already be booked!
Seems confusing. How do brides schedule this?? I can only see a solution of booking multiple trials, but at about $70-100 a trial, I’m too tight on a budget to do that!
Post # 3
I have yet to even find a good makeup artist let alone schedule my appt for a trial and my wedding is a month away!!! I want to go to this one guy. He is 2 hours away (in Dallas) and he sells MAC products. He is very good. He is a side makeup artist… he even does his OWN makeup! But my aunt will have to get in touch with him and schedule a date for me to come up there and she has a busy schedule as well as I do.
Post # 4
My trial is about 3.5 weeks in advance of the wedding (it was 2.5 weeks but there was a scheduling conflict). That is what she suggested because she finds it gets stressful if it is any closer than that.
My trial and day-of are a package deal, I’m not shopping around to different artists. I saw pictures and video of their work and had a recommendation, and I trust that if I don’t like my trial, she’ll work to get it perfect. I see the trial as an opportunity for me and the artist/hairstylist to get on the same page, not as a chance for me to test them out.
BUT – if it was absolutely awful terrible horrible, I guess I would still have some time to try and find something else. But I agree with you, I wouldn’t plan on finding a new artist after your trial unless you are doing your trial like 6+ months out.
Post # 5
@lindseyl06: Thanks for your input! I love mac 😀
@NAvery: I’m jealous yours is a package deal. The artist I want, her trial is $80 and her hair trial is another $80 – thats a lot for me! Especially if I don’t like it, I’d have to pay another artist to do another trial (in theory). I’m just a little wary because I am asian and have monolids, which some caucasian artists have difficulty with so I want to make sure I have a trial.
Post # 6
The only advice I can give is don’t do the trial only a week or two before the wedding. I know a girl who stood in a friends wedding who did a trial about a week before the wedding (the whole bridal party had them done) and she broke out in some crazy kind of rash. She is a red head with very fair skin and the make up didn’t agree with her!
Post # 7
My co-worker does make-up artistry as a second job. She generally books 2-3 months in advance, but she ALWAYS has extra slots open!
Post # 8
my hair stylist and MUA recommended trials no further out than 2 weeks before the wedding. Mine will be 3 days before.
Post # 9
I did my trial back in november for my june wedding. crazy? maybe lol. I did this because i wanted to lock down my artist asap, because june is a super popular wedding month. My artist did the trial using my extensions i bought for hte wedding, and dont anticipate my hair being much longer, i trim it regularly. as for skin tones, she told me she matched the foundation day of. good luck!
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! I’m kind of crazy OCD ( if you haven’t figured that out already, lol ) so I wanted to get all my vendors locked down as soon as possible as I will be in school and working, I have more free time now to research and lock things down. I know the artist I want is a popular one, but my wedding isn’t for another year! So I really want to book her, but am unsure of how to proceed with the trial/wedding date booking and timings. gah.