2018 bridal season is beginning and brides are now meeting with their makeup and hair stylists for their makeup and hair trials.
First of all let me just say that makeup and hair trials are not free though some artists and stylist will run *specials*.
These are "full service" appointments for you and we are using our time and product, and if anything we are spending more time with you for your trial than we are on 'day of'.
But here’s a suggestion… you might want to book your trial for the same day as your engagement shoot, bridal shower or any other event. However, depending on when these special days are, you might not want to wait that long to book a trial with a favorite stylist as your wedding date may not be available if you wait too long.
Please ask your vendor how many people you are allowed to bring to the trial. Some have a 1 person only requirement…others will allow you to bring more than one. It is up to you whether you want to go to your trials alone, or to bring a mother or best friend. Whomever you decide to bring, please bring someone that will calmly help offer advice and suggestions and not add extra stress…and leave the fiancés at home. They have no place at hair and makeup trials and seeing you all made up for the first time should be done on your wedding day.
Now, it is important for you to be prepared for your meetings and this includes finding images of makeup and hair styles you like.
Saying to your stylist ..."I just want to look pretty" isn’t really helping us help you look your best and how you envisioned.
I know you aren’t a makeup artist and you have no idea what you want to look like on your wedding day. But there are thousands of photos to choose from on Pinterest and many brides now start their own Pinterest boards for hair and makeup looks they like.
I dont want to sound mean, but if you provide absolutely nothing to your vendors to work with then you have no right to be disappointed if you don’t get the' look' you hoped for.
Be realistic though, you do want the looks of the model’s in the photos you choose to have similar features as you, coloring, similar eye shape, hair type and ethnicity, etc.
It is important that you arrive on time for your trial!
Your trial time is 90 minutes long and when you are late you are not only jeopardizing your beauty services for your wedding by now rushing the trial session, but you are also causing other clients who may follow your appointment time to be off schedule too!
Be mindful of your grooming prior to your makeup and hair trials.
This includes grooming your eye brows and other facial hair.
Failure to exfoliate dry and peeling skin only hinders the makeup application and you won’t see the flawless look you hope for.
Please don’t arrive to a makeup trial with makeup on, and please make sure you remove all traces of eye makeup. No one wants to waste time trying to remove 4 layers of caked on waterproof mascara.
And please be respectful and put your phones away during your trials.
There is nothing more annoying that a bride that is constantly moving and looking down while someone is trying to apply makeup or style her hair.
You want your liner on straight?? and your eyelashes on properly?? …then put the phone away.
Hair trials are usually best done when hair is not freshly washed for better hold so discuss this with your stylist prior to trial.
Make sure you have all hair extensions if these apply to the style you would like, and any tiaras or adornments with you.
For best results you will always want to book your Hair and Make-up consultations on the same day. This allows you to get the full visual on your desired look.
You will always have the option of booking your day with your makeup/hairstylist right after your trial. But should you wish to go home and get others opinions and think about it please note that a signed contract and retainer is required to secure your event date.
Wedding dates are not held just because you came for a trial.
You should discuss with your stylist how long you have before your wedding date will be released and available for other bookings.
So please follow up with your stylists if you choose to not sign right then and there.
Many makeup/hair stylists will contact you a day or so after your trials or will ask you to contact them to see how everything held up and any issues that have arisen afterwards that need to be adjusted before the big day. If you provide them with no follow up information, they are likely to assume everything is OK, and your wedding day is not the time to discuss changes or any concerns.
If you are uncertain or change your mind of your ‘look’ please get in touch with your stylist a.s.a.p.
Most things can be adjusted without another trial if they are small matters. But it is worth the price of a full retrial for a whole different look to better assess your new ideas and options compared to the first. Chancing it to the day of can lead to a disaster.
Please be open minded to your artist’s recommendations and suggestions for you.
Remember, wedding day makeup is not ‘every day’ makeup and your stylists are professionals and do this all the time. They know about color intensities and how things will read on camera and in different lighting situations. What you may see and what a photo sees are two completely different things as well.
You are paying a small fortune for this wedding of your dreams, don’t leave your makeup and hair to chance by not choosing a professional for these services, not being prepared, and not being open minded enough to try different things, stepping out of your comfort zone to try a new ‘look’.
Your wedding photos are the only thing that will be left over for years to come to preserve these memories.
You want to make sure you look your BEST in them.
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