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How to Prep for Your Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial

A Hair & Makeup trial is so important for a bride. This practice run makes sure you’ll look exactly as you imagine when the big day comes around. To make sure the trials is worth your while, here are our tips so you can prepare for the best possible pampering experience!


Buy Your Dress First

If you haven’t already picked out a wedding gown, stop right there—there’s no use in scheduling a hair and makeup trial appointment just yet.

Your dress will dramatically affect the style you choose for hair and makeup.

A ballerina bun would look a little off with a boho-inspired dress, and a stunning back might call for an updo instead of cascading curls. (Be sure to bring a photo of your dress to the trial!)

Give yourself plenty of time

And we mean that in more ways than one. First of all, you need to give yourself enough time before your wedding day. After all, if the trial doesn’t end well, you could need time to schedule a second one. Three months before your wedding date should give you enough time.

Since you might be testing out a few different styles, the trial will take a little longer than an average appointment. Typically 3 hours is ideal!

Know what you want

Your trial will go much smoother if you have an idea of what you’re looking for. Know what you don’t want, too—that can be just as helpful!

Plus, this knowledge can help you decide if you even need a trial.

If you are unsure about what you want, just create a pinterest board with a different ideas and your beauty expert will help you nail down the right look for you.

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When you leave your trial, you’re going to be all primped—so don’t just sit around the house. Try to plan these appointments for the same day as your dress fitting, engagement photos, bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just a fun date night!

When scheduling these appointments, also consider if you’ll do them both on the same day. If only one stylist is doing both, one appointment will be easiest. But if you’re working with two separate stylists, meshing schedules might be a little trickier. It’s worth it, though, so that you can see the whole look together! If it’s just not possible, do your hair or makeup (whichever appointment you’re not going to) a little better than usual so you get the same effect.


Clean & Product Free Hair

For your hair trial, wash your hair the night before (so it has time to regain its natural oils) and don’t put in any product. If you need to do a little taming with a straightener or curling iron, that’s OK—just don’t overdo it.

You want your hair to be as natural as possible.

For the makeup trial, continue your typical skin-care routine. Don’t put on any products before your trial. A clean face will hold makeup better.

Bring Photos

And lots of them. If you like elements of a couple different hairstyles or makeup looks, bring photos of all of them, so your stylist can use them to build one cohesive vision.


Bring along photos of what you don’t like, too, because your definition of a “smoky eye” might be much different from the makeup artist’s definition!

Pick the right outfit

If you plan to repurpose your look for the rest of the day, wear clothes that are easy to change out of. But choosing an outfit carefully can make your trial that much more enjoyable.

Select a top that has a similar neckline to your dress—you’ll get a better picture of your big-day look.  And wearing white will not be a bad idea.


1. All of your accessories. Veils and other headpieces should be a given—your hair wouldn’t look the same without them! But don’t forget about jewelry. Bring any earrings and necklaces you plan to wear.  If you do not have any yet, do not worry, we carry hair pieces and jewelry you can choose from!

2. A camera (or your phone). Aren’t you dying to know what you’ll look like in your wedding photos? Snap a few pics at the salon to get a sneak peek!

But don’t limit it to the salon. Take photos outside and in other settings to see what you look like in different lighting.

4. A friend. What’s better than having someone there to compliment you when you’re looking your best? A friend or family member can offer much-needed support and encouragement (and some tough love if needed).


Speak Up!

Don’t like something? Say something!

That’s the whole purpose of the trial. Don’t be shy.

We want to get it right, so we need you to be as open and truthful as possible with us, we are here to make you look like a star and we certainly want you to be completely satisfied.

Run Your Stop Watch!

Timing the appointment can help you plan your wedding-day schedule later on.


If the stylist takes an hour to do your hair during the test run, she probably will on the big day, too.

Pay Attention!

Keep tabs on how your hair and makeup are holding up.

Are your curls starting to look limp? A little wear is expected—just note it and ask the stylist to add more hairspray.

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