How To Have A Successful Trial

I recently booked a bride who told me that she had trials with two other artists before she came to me. While, in this case, the bride was great and incredibly vocal about her vision for her bridal beauty look, there are other times where I feel that the bride may or may not  know how to actually make the best of her trial – after all, this is probably the bride’s first time having to do a hair or makeup trial for her wedding because this is probably the first time that she’s getting married! In my opinion, the trial is what sets the tone for the wedding day. The trial is usually the first time, or one of the first times, that the bride and the artist are actually connecting in person. You’re actually building the hair and/or makeup look that you will be wearing on the wedding day, and you’re pretty much creating an “action plan”. The trial is the time to voice your vision for how you see yourself looking, and essentially, how you’d like to see yourself looking years from now in all of your photos that will most likely be passed down through generations. As a Bridal Beauty specialist, it is always my goal to help my brides leave their trial feeling that they love their look and all of their questions, concerns and needs are addressed, But, before they can leave feeling that way, its important to let them know how to prepare.

Here are a few tips that I’ve put together to help the bride have a successful trial:

1. Arrive On Time. No matter where you schedule your trial, the artist that you are working with does not have unlimited time. Be sure to get to your trial on time, or even a few minutes early, so that you and your artist will have the full amount of time that was scheduled for your trial. That way, you can be as thorough as possible, and hopefully even try a few different looks if you feel the need.

2. Come Prepared. Bring photos to your trial, or better yet, pull up your Pinterest board (or check some of ours out!). Show your artist photos of hair and/or makeup that you like, as well as what you don’t like. This is very vital information for your artist. In addition to pictures, if you are having your hair done, bring your veil or head piece that you will be wearing on the wedding day. Your artist needs to know how to perfectly incorporate your hair accessories into your style.

3. Speak Up. This is your trial!! Its important for you to be vocal with your artist in creating your look. After all, YOU are the one who is paying for the service, and you are also the one who will be wearing the service and being heavily photographed with the look created during your trial. If you’re not used to seeing yourself with heavy eyeliner, let your artist know. Not loving the lipstick color that was chosen for you? Let them know that too. As artists, we see what we think will flatter you, but at the end of the day, you are the one who needs to be comfortable with the look. Definitely be sure to speak up during your trial and let your artist know how you’re feeling about the look being created for you.

4. Be Realistic. We all love Kim K.’s makeup. Yes, its great! But, it doesn’t look great on everyone. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be realistic about your hair and makeup expectations for your wedding day. While we might love the way a certain celebrity wears their hair or makeup, that look might honestly just not be the best for you. When we are shown a photo, we simply are using those photos as inspiration and to figure out your level of comfort. Your hair may not be able to style the exact way that you see in the picture, or your features may or may not support the makeup look that you’ve shown your artist – BUT if you have a great artist that you are working with, they should be able to create a look, based off of your inspiration, that works for YOU.

5. Keep An Open Mind. If you’re working with a Bridal Beauty Specialist or a seasoned artist, you should feel confident in the fact that your artist works with brides on a regular basis (hopefully they do, anyway!). Your artist knows how to make a bride look their best. They know what will look great in photographs and how to enhance features that you want to focus on, or even hide features that you’d like to be less prominent. Trust your artist and keep an open mind. You may be surprised that you actually love the berry toned lip color that they chose for you since you’re so used to just wearing Carmex. Or, you may be shocked at how the touch of plum in your eye shadow selection has made your gorgeous blue eyes stand out…heck, you’ve been playing it safe with browns all these years! Be open to suggestions, but if all else fails, refer back to #3 and speak up lol.


These are just a few tips to help brides get the most out of their trial, and hopefully avoid having to schedule numerous trials. I hope this helps!