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Wedding hair and makeup trials are a great idea for any bride who is hiring a beauty team for her big day. It will help you communicate to your team exactly what you want, and ease any uncertainty about how the look will come together on the big day. If you are planning on doing a hair and makeup trial before your wedding, follow these tips to get the most out of your session.
Include Your Trial In Your Budget
Keep in mind that you are getting a full-service makeup and hair session, so it will likely cost you extra to do your beauty trials. Some wedding hair and makeup artists include trials in their wedding packages, while others offer it as an additional service. Keep this in mind when establishing your beauty budget and looking into potential hair and makeup professionals.
Your hair and makeup artists each might have certain requirements for how you should be physically prepared for your appointment. For example, the hairstylist might prefer to work on day-old hair, or your makeup artist might want you to come in without skincare products on your face. Check-in with them a few days before the appointment to see what they require.
Also keep in mind that during your trial, you’ll want to look as close as possible to how you will look on the day of your wedding. This means having your hair cut and colored the same way, applying any fake tan if you plan on using it, and even getting your nails done. To really help you envision how the makeup and hairstyle will look on your big day, it is also best to wear a shirt or dress that mimics the color and neckline of your actual wedding dress.
Come In With Ideas
You’ll want to give your beauty team a general idea of your overall style and what look you are going for on your big day. Think of the aesthetic you are going for (bold, natural, glowy, etc.), and find pictures that show off what you have in mind. “Glowy” can mean 10 different things to 10 different people, so photos will be a huge help to really show your team what you are thinking!
At the same time, be sure to be open to ideas that the makeup artist and hairstylist have to offer. They will know what looks and products will work best with your features, and how to make you truly shine on your big day! Listen to their professional input, and work together to come up with a plan everyone is happy with.
Bring Any Go-To Makeup Products
Do you have a foundation that works flawlessly with your skin or lipstick in the perfect shade of red? Go ahead and bring them with you! If you have some personal experience with makeup, you likely have a few holy grail products that you turn to time and time again, and there’s no reason not to use them on your wedding day if they fit your look. Tell the makeup artist what exactly you like about these products, and see if they can work them into your look for your big day.
Don’t Forget Hair Accessories
Any veil or hair accessory you plan on wearing will have a huge impact on the hairstyle you are going to go with. Be sure to bring whatever hair accessories with you to the appointment, so that the hairstylist can expertly work it into your style.
Ask Questions and Speak Up If Something Doesn’t Work
This is your time, so take advantage of it! Ask your hair and makeup artists any questions that come up during the appointment. If something doesn’t look quite right, tell your team immediately so that they can fix it to your liking. Remember that you are working together to get your perfect look—you might need to make a few adjustments along the way. Asking questions and speaking up will help you feel fully confident in the look you create for your big day.
Test Out the Look Throughout the Day
You’ll want to make sure the look actually lasts, from the moment you walk down the aisle until the very last minutes of the reception. After your trial appointment, go throughout your day as you normally would (or make some fun plans—flaunt your professionally done look!), and check in periodically to see how everything is holding up. If you notice your hair falling out or your makeup fading, talk to your team about any preventative measures you can put in place the day of.
If you are a bride in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you to connect with wedding beauty professionals in Georgia and the Southeast. You will also have the chance to meet with wedding vendors of all talents who can help bring your vision to life!