In our “Ask Sonia” email, future bride Caroline asks:
“When do I do makeup and hair trials for my wedding?”
Well Caroline, the answer depends on you!
Booking your hair and makeup team and doing a trial months ahead of your wedding date is purely a personal decision, but how do you know when to do your hair and makeup trials for your wedding? I hope this article helps you determine when to do your wedding day makeup and hair trials.
1. YOU WANT TO “TEST” THE MAKEUP ARTIST/HAIRSTYLIST BEFORE YOU SECURE YOUR CONTRACT
Some brides feel comfortable booking hair and makeup over the phone and doing their trials 2 months before their wedding. However some women want to be sure their hair and makeup team is someone they will like both esthetically and personally. If you want to be sure you “click” with someone and are nervous that you may not like what they do, have your hair and makeup trials soon after you get your dress.
2. YOU AREN’T SURE WHAT YOU WANT FOR HAIR AND MAKEUP
When you first get engaged, you find yourself gazing and drooling through wedding magazines dreaming of your perfect wedding dress. Sometimes however, when it comes time to trying on the dresses, you find that the dresses looked better in the magazine than it did on you. Drats!
As you are trying on dresses, your pesky sales consultant brings you a dress where you raise an eyebrow in uneasiness. When you try it on however, you fall madly in love with the dress! Well hair and makeup isn’t really much different. Sometimes you are pleasantly surprised!
Working with an experienced hair and makeup team can take into account your face shape, hair texture and wedding dress all to create the perfect wedding day look. In that case, doing hair and makeup trials months before the big day can allow you to try a few styles on to see which one you feel the most beautiful and comfortable in.
3. YOU ARE SUPER PICKY ABOUT YOUR MAKEUP
If you know you tend to be super picky about your hair or makeup (or both), then let your makeup artist or hairstylist know! Makeup and hairstylists are there to help you be the best version of yourself and keeping the lines of communication open is key. How they apply makeup on you is not how you will apply it on yourself. So always keep that in mind.
Makeup can easily be taken off. Hairstyles can be changed. Finding an artist & stylist who will listen to you and happily makes changes is really the number one thing to look for when looking for hair and makeup team. If you know you’re picky, find a gentle soul to guide you to put your mind at ease, and do your trials 6 months or more in advance.
4.YOU HAVE SKIN ISSUES YOU NEED HELP WITH
If you are having issues with your skin or hair, doing hair and makeup consultations as far in advance as possible is suggested.
>>Skin: If you are having bad breakouts, or generally just hate how your skin looks, consulting with your makeup artist and esthetician as far in advance as possible will give you the time to make any changes to clear up any issues. However, if you have pretty good skin overall, you can do your trials 6-8 weeks before the wedding day.
>>Hair: Are you growing out your hair? Do you have fine hair and want to try hair extensions? How about your hair color? All of these factors are important when working with your hairstylist. If you are thinking to grow your hair or you want to cut it all off, doing hair consultations far in advance is important as well.
If you want to make big changes before your wedding day, do it as far in advance so if you end up changing something and not liking it, you have time to let it grow out.
And last but not least,
5. TOO MUCH INFORMATION FLOATING ONLINE..AND YOU’RE CONFUSED AS HELL!
Girl, I don’t know about you but there are way to many “non-experts” giving advice to brides. Ignore those beauty checklists you see slammed all over the wedding websites. Most of those beauty checklists are from the 80’s and just regurgitated to fit our modern lifestyle. HA!
Each and every one of you have different styles and different needs. When determining when to do your hair and makeup trials, be sure to find a hair and makeup team you trust-someone that has your best interest at heart. We love to see our brides happy and smile from ear to ear. That is something you can’t find in a makeup brush.
I hope this helps!