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Tips for the Perfect Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial

We recommend having your Wedding Hair and Makeup trial in the three months leading up to your wedding. By this time you have chosen your dress, your colour theme and styling for the day and will have a clear idea of the look you are wanting to achieve. This also allows plenty of time before the big day should you wish to schedule a second trial or you change your mind. It’s also important to bear in mind that Wedding Hair and Makeup stylists are booked well in advance, particularly in the peak seasons of Spring and Autumn, so it’s important to get in early and secure your trial with a booking.

Here’s our best tip: it’s a great idea to co-ordinate your trial with a special event. Perhaps you plan to have an engagement shoot with your photographer, or your final dress fitting is coming up.

1We are often asked by our lovely brides, “what do I need to do for my trial session?”. In this post we share our best tips and advice to help you plan for the perfect trial experience:

Book your trial in advance

We recommend having your Wedding Hair and Makeup trial in the three months leading up to your wedding. By this time you have chosen your dress, your colour theme and styling for the day and will have a clear idea of the look you are wanting to achieve. This also allows plenty of time before the big day should you wish to schedule a second trial or you change your mind. It’s also important to bear in mind that Wedding Hair and Makeup stylists are booked well in advance, particularly in the peak seasons of Spring and Autumn, so it’s important to get in early and secure your trial with a booking.

Here’s our best tip: it’s a great idea to co-ordinate your trial with a special event. Perhaps you plan to have an engagement shoot with your photographer, or your final dress fitting is coming up. This is a great opportunity to ‘try out’ your hair and makeup in both the day and evening to ensure you are 100% happy.

Be prepared

To prepare for your trial, have your hair clean and dry (washed the day before is perfect as freshly washed hair is too slippery to hold the style well) and your face cleansed, moisturised and free of makeup. Bring your inspiration – put together a collection of photos of the hair and makeup styles you love. These may be magazine clippings, or better yet a Pinterest board where you can collate all the images to show when you arrive at your trial. It may be a lipstick colour you love, detailing of an upstyle, your favourite eye shadow colours…all of these elements help your stylist to complete your bridal vision and create your dream look. Don’t forget to bring your hairpiece or veil if wearing one so you can see how this will look with your chosen style.

Consider a little more than your ‘everyday look’

Keep in mind on your wedding day there are going to be hundreds of photos taken of you, from different angles and in different light. Your Hair and Makeup artist will work with you to create a look that you are comfortable with but consider being brave and wearing a little more than you would everyday. It’s important not to look washed out in your photos so your Makeup artist will want to use a little more blush, eyeliner, contouring and highlighting than you may be used to. Allow us to advise you on why this is needed and to work with you to find a happy medium to enhance your best features for photography and what you feel comfortable with. Trust us, we’ve attended hundreds of photo shoots and we are aware of what works and what won’t.

Don’t be afraid to speak up

It’s important to relax and have fun at your trial, this is your time to be pampered and play with ideas for your Bridal look. Be open and honest with us, let us know if there’s something you’re not sure of so we have the opportunity to adjust it for you. Remember Hair and Makeup isn’t permanent so changes can always be made and it’s important for both parties that you leave happy and excited!

See you soon!

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