(Closed) Should I do the hair and make up trial?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would personally definitely want a trial, just to ensure that you are on the same page. It would totally suck if you didn’t have the trial, and the look she does on your wedding day is not what you had in mind.

If you choose NOT to have a trial, I would definitely allow a bit of extra time, in case she has to start from scratch, and/or be prepared to do your own makeup if you hate it!

Post # 4
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would.  I thought I was asking for the right thing but if I got the trial hair and trial makeup done for my actualy wedding day, I would not be happy.  It was nice but my interpretation of “curls and some volume” was WAYYYYY different than than her interpretation of it.  Again, it was super cute but I would not want that on my wedding day.  

Same with the makeup – the natural look she normally does on brides made me look like a Toddler and Tiaras pagent kid.  


SO glad we did the trial.  wedding day was fast and easy and perfect. 

Post # 5
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

From my experiences, makeup trial is 100 PERCENT necessary. It can actually be really hard for the MUA to exactly match your skin to a foundation that doesn’t look orange, and figure out the right level of bronzer, etc. My first trial was a nightmare – I looked fine in person but as soon as someone took a picture of me (especially a flash picture) my skin turned bright orange and my discreet light eyeshadow turned blue! I looked like a clown!

Thankfully we figured out the problems (slightly wrong foundation, too much bronzer, switched eyeshadow from silver undertone to gold) and I looked great on the day. But if I hadn’t had that trial I would have been crying every time I saw the pictures.

I didn’t bother having a hair trial but since I was flexible on the look and had lots of pictures it came out fine. So hair trial might not be necessary, but do NOT skip the makeup trial!

Also, just want to reiterate: DO NOT TRUST YOUR EYES! USE A CAMERA WITH AND WITHOUT FLASH TO TEST THE LOOK! It can make a huge difference.

Post # 6
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012


If I didn’t go for a trial and used the lady my venue recommended, my husband would have run from that alter.

Post # 7
5 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes, yes and yes!!

I  LOVE my hair stylist and had been going to her for over a year before my wedding, but I still did the trial. It was a GREAT thing too, since it took 2 trials to get my hair right, and 2 trials for the makeup. With my case, they actually didn’t charge for the 2nd times because it was them who didn’t get it right not just me being a picky bride. Makeup is MASSIVELY important since you want to make sure they KNOW what foundation color and other colors to use on you. You don’t want to waste time on the wedding day washing off your face and starting over! That also won’t make you feel confident in your makeup artist. It is costly, but I definitely say go with the trials.

Post # 8
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, you absolutely need to do the trial first.  The first place I did a trial, my hair did not come out at all like I wanted, it looked much more like a prom do than a wedding do, and from the front it just looked like I had pulled my hair into a pony tail. Hideous!  I did another trial somewhere else and they nailed it.  If I’d had to go to my wedding with hair from the first place I would have been devastated and probably would have been late because I would have had to go home and do something better with it myself before showing up!

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