How to have a Successful Bridal Trial


Now that you have your hair and makeup team chosen, it is time to book your trial! A trial is helpful not just to you but to your artist. Your wedding day is a day that should be beautiful, just as your makeup and hair should be. A trial allows you and your artist to talk through your inspiration and find exactly what you like and what will suit you the best! We will make sure you look and feel exactly how you imagined when the big day is here! To make sure you get everything you want from your trial, h

ere are a few tips and tricks to make your bridal trial successful.


1. WHEN AND HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY TRIAL?

Most of our brides book their trials and wedding day at the same time. We do recommend this for all our brides, if possible. This ensures the date and trial are reserved, but if you would like to try your artist out before committing you can always book your trial as soon as possible. When planning your trial we always recomeend booking it no sooner than 3 months out and no later than 4 weeks out from the big day. It is always best to plan a hair trial after you have decided on your gown. This allows you to take into account the neckline and what will look the most flattering.


2. HOW SHOULD I PREP FOR THE TRIAL?

Prepping Your Skin - It is best to do your basic skincare regimen the night before including mild exfoliation. Exfoliating the night before will make sure we have a nice smooth canvas to work with. Be sure your skin is hydrated as well, this will affect the longevity of your makeup. Each artist will do their own skin prep regimen at the start of the trial but we still encourage you to do your own skincare regimen the day of.

Prepping Your Hair - I'm sure you have heard the myth that hairstylist love dirty hair for updos. We actually love only second-day hair at the most. We can make your hair "dirtier" with texturizing products if necessary but never cleaner. Washing your hair the night before is the best rule of thumb. This allows your hair to be clean but still have time to renew its natural oils. If your hair tends to be extremely flat you may add a small amount of volumizing mousse at the roots of your damp hair. We suggest to not use any hot tools to style. 

3. HOW DO I DECIDE ON MY LOOK AND INSPIRATION?

Hair Inspiration - With Pinterest, we have access to pretty much any style you may imagine. The most important thing we like to remind our brides is to keep their hair in mind when choosing an inspiration photo. If you are a brunette and have only pictures of highlighted blondes, remember your hair does not have as much color dimension and usually does not show off certain techniques and styles as vibrantly.


Also, if you find your hair to be short or fine and want a look that is full and voluminous it will probably be best to look into purchasing hair extensions for the day of to achieve that look. We love recommending to brides to try a simplified version of the style (half updo, updo, down, etc) you are imagining so you can make sure you are comfortable with that style.

Makeup Inspiration - The first thing is to take into account your everyday look and what makes you feel beautiful. We, again, have Pinterest at a click of a button, so take your time finding photos and have a variety of photos. You may like the lip color in one photo, the complexion in another photo, and the eyes in a completely another photo. We will always ask you "What exactly do you like about this photo specifically?".


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4. WHAT SHOULD I BRING & WEAR?

Your Outfit for the Trial - We always suggest wearing a white shirt (or the color closest to your dress) on the day of your trial. This prevents any color reflection on your skin that may affect the results of the look. Light reflects colors and based on the color shirt you are wearing our color choices may slightly vary. Wearing white will allow us to choose a color palette that will work well with your beautiful gown on the big day.


Accessories - If you have a veil, hairpiece, earrings, etc be sure to bring them! Adding these items after we have completed the trial will give you the full picture.

Bring a Friend or Mom - It is always nice to have someone with you. Be sure that you bring someone who supports your vision. Having a second opinion is always a great option and will allow you to have a little bit more fun during your trial. 

Your Inspiration Photos - Be sure to bring your inspiration photos so you can review them with your artist!

4. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE TRIAL?

Speak Your Mind - We will check in with you as we go along and be sure to speak up and let us know if something isn't what you envisioned! We want to make sure everything will be perfect for you. If it isn't something we can fix at the moment we will always make note of this so we can execute it on the day. 

5. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE TRIAL?

Keep an Eye On It - After the trial, be sure to wear your hair and makeup for as long as possible. Take note of anything that you may not like (i.e. curls falling, any breakthrough oils, etc). 


Take Photos - The best way to show your artist how everything held up is to take photos before you take everything down and remove your makeup. Send these over to us in your Honeybook portal and we will make sure to send it to your artist. This will allow them to take your notes and also make ones of their own. So your look will be absolutely flawless!

Now with your tips and tricks, you are ready to have an amazing trial! 

Photography Credits

Lauren Rae Photography - www.laurenraephotography.com

Sydney Bruton - www.sydneybrutonphotography.com

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