make-up and hair trials

All You Need To Know About Your Make-up and Hair Trial

Make-up and Hair trials give you an opportunity to try out a preferred look or two in advance so you know what to expect on the day. It will also help you to see how it works with your dress, make up and any accessories you want to add. I run through four steps to tell you all you need to know to make the most out of your trials.

Wedding hair trial
Photographer – Melanie Barnfield Photography
Full supplier credits at bottom of page

Step 1: Consider Your Options

As soon as you start planning your wedding, I recommend that you think about how you want to look on the day. What hair colour do you want? Do you want your hair long or short? What style of dress do you see yourself in? And what accessories do you like the look of? Having an idea will help you to determine what style you will go with.

If you want a fringe and a different colour, now is the time to start booking in appointments to get your hair to exactly how you want it. The sooner you do this, the more time you have in the lead up to your wedding day to change it back if the new colour just isn’t for you.

Same goes for your make up. Do you think you want to go for a more glamorous look on your wedding day, but its not something you tried before? I recommend trying out glamorous looks for any upcoming parties. But make sure to take photos! See how you look in the different lighting and compare photos from different parties to see what you liked/disliked. You might decide that you absolutely rocked a red lippy, or you might find the eyelash extensions might be too much for you.

Step 2: Book Your Trial

Hair and make-up trials typically take place 2-3 months prior to your wedding date, but it could be as close to a month prior. By which point you should have your hair cut and colour nailed, and managed to narrow down your desired looks. If you aren’t sure on your first trial, you will also have a bit of lead time to rebook a second trial to reconsider your preferred look.

Plan your trials on a day where you are likely to go out that evening. This means you can test your hair and make-up in a similar environment to your wedding day. Organise the trials so you get your make-up done first, and then hair. MUA’s (make-up artists) need the hair pinned out of the face when working, so this way round means your hair style won’t get ruined.

Step 3: Prepare Yourself

Contact your MUA and hair stylist to find out what you need to bring with you and also what they recommend you do to prepare for your trials.

Depending on your style your hairstylist may advise you to prepare your hair differently. If you are having an updo, washing your hair the night before will help to keep the hair in place. If you are having your hair down, you might want to wash it that day to keep it fresh for the day. Share your style with your hairstylist and see what they recommend. 

Take images of what you like – and dislike about certain hairstyles! The images you dislike are particularly helpful if you are not sure what style you want but have a few set styles that are absolute no no’s!

Step 4: Trial Day

This is a moment for you to relax and enjoy the process. Get to know your MUA and hair stylist and make a special day out of it. Show your MUA and hair stylist your images and speak up if you are unsure about anything. Finally, take pictures so you have something to refer back to in the lead up to your wedding day. This is also helpful as you can see how it will look from different angles and how it might look with your dress.

If you need any help organising your trial’s or haven’t booked your suppliers yet, do get in touch with me at Kept Weddings to see how I can help you. I offer one-off planning consultations to help you get wedding day ready!

Photo credits:

Concept, Styling & Coordination – Kept Weddings with Laura , Photographer – Melanie Barnfield Photography , Venue – Polhawn Fort , Videographer – Luna Media Video , Hair Stylist – Bridal Hair by Rhian  , Cake Artist – Claire’s Sweet Temptations , Make-up Artist – Lashed by Nat , Wedding Dress – Amica Bridal Boutique , Jewellery & Wedding Rings – Isabella Day Goldsmith , Bridal Bouquet – Flower La Vita , Stationery – Kept Weddings with Laura

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