Making the Most of Your Hair & Makeup Trial - part 1 - Wedding Compass

How to have a successful hair and makeup trial

A special thanks to our Contributor: Gina Ludwig,

Be sure to read the related article:
Making the Most of Your Hair & Makeup Trial – part 2

Hair Comes the BrideOn your wedding day, it is your day to shine and you want to look and feel more beautiful than you ever have in your life. You also want to make sure that your look represents your style and the style of your wedding. Here are a few pointers to make sure you have a successful hair and makeup trial and that you walk away from your trial appointment with the confidence that your wedding day will run smoothly and that you will be the beautiful bride you have always dreamed of!

Paint A Picture – It all starts with your makeup trial!

As I mentioned, your wedding day hair and makeup styles should represent your personal style as well as the style of your wedding, therefore, it is important to make sure that your stylist gets a clear picture of your event and your personal style. A good stylist should ask you questions about yourself and your event before they ever touch your hair and makeup but if they don’t, take the initiative and let them know yourself.



Here is a list of the bare minimum:

A stylist should know these in order to create the perfect hair and makeup style for you:

  1. The Location of Your Wedding & Reception: Are you having a casual wedding on the beach or a formal black tie hotel wedding?
  2. Time of Day: You may choose to have a slightly different style for a morning wedding than you would for an evening wedding.
  3. Your Dress: Have a photo if possible but at the very least, your stylist should take into consideration the style and cut of your dress.
  4. Your Flowers: The style and color of your flowers should be taken into consideration when deciding on your makeup.
  5. Your Bridesmaid’s Dresses: What color and style are your girls wearing?
  6. Theme: Is there a particular feel or “theme” that you are trying to create with your wedding? Vintage? Classic? Romantic?
  7. How much makeup do you normally wear everyday? When you go out?
  8. Describe your personal style? (casual, modern, classic, trendy, etc.)


Hair Comes the BrideAbsolute Do’s and Dont’s

When it comes to their wedding day “look” most brides are looking for at least some guidance from their stylist.

Some brides have a vague idea and some are completely clueless what style they want. Whichever one you are, that is ok. It is part of your stylist’s job to help you figure that out. Even if you are on the clueless side, most likely, you are going to have something that you absolutely do or absolutely do not want when it comes to your hair and makeup. Maybe you know for sure that you don’t want red lipstick or that you do want to wear eyeliner. Maybe you absolutely have to have fullness to your hair or maybe you know that no matter what, you don’t want to wear your hair in a bun. Whatever it is, have those absolutes ready for your stylist.
to be continued…

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Be sure to read the related article:

Making the Most of Your Hair & Makeup Trial – part 2

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