The importance of a bridal hair and make up trial

Why is it so important to have a trial when it comes to hair and make up for your big day?

Planning a wedding can be the most exciting time of your life but it can also be extremely stressful. There is so much planning that goes into a wedding – Flowers, your cake, favours, location, picking the perfect dress, bridesmaids, photographers, videographers and of course, your hair and make up.

Most experienced professional hair and make up artists take bookings a year before your actual wedding. Personally, I don’t secure a bride’s actual wedding date until she has had a trial with me and is 100% happy. I will then take a deposit to secure the date and time allowance for each person.

It’s advisable to book your trial well in advance and you can even arrange to have it on a day that you’re already going out. Why not make the most of your hair and makeup?!

How long does it take?

Most trials take around 2-3 hours for the bride alone, and this all depends on the style you are after. For bridesmaids, it takes around an hour and a half although this isn’t necessary, just personal preference.

Having a trial and feeling happy with it will completely put your mind at rest for your big day and of course, it’s one less thing to worry about!

What happens at the trial?

For me, the most important thing is that all of my brides and bridesmaids feel comfortable in their own skin and still feel like themselves! I like to think that the make up I do is an extended version of what they might do themselves, so will ask them what their normal make up routine is (if they have one) so that I can get to know them better.

During a make up trial, I always start off with a natural look and build this up until my client is comfortable. I feel it’s best for both the artist and client to be honest with each other about how they feel about the look and I like to give advice on what I feel could make an improvement. I find that lipstick colours can be very personal and this is something you will also need for your big day. If you don’t have a colour that you love, I can always advise you on colours and where to get them from.

It is also really important for an artist to see their client’s skin beforehand. The most important prep for creating the perfect, flawless skin look is to make sure that you have a good skincare regime and that I am already familiar with your skin type. I advise all clients to wear something white or ivory during their trial. This way, you can get a better feel of how your hair and make up will look on the day.

During your trial, we will also discuss timings for the day. Your actual wedding day won’t take as long to get you ready as your trial will, but I also like to leave extra time just to be on the safe side. I also recommend that you to save any hair and make up pictures that you’ve seen beforehand, so I can get a better idea of your desired look.

Where will the trial be?

I work from home in Chislehurst on trials but I’m also happy to visit you at your own home if you prefer.

Please feel free to email me directly with any further bridal enquiries you may have.