• Ashley Alonso

How To Prep For Your Bridal Hair and Makeup Trial

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

Bad hair days and smudged makeup happen—but they shouldn’t happen on your wedding day. That’s why hair and makeup trials are so important. These practice runs make sure you’ll look exactly as you imagine when the big day comes around. To make sure those trials are worth your while, here are our tips so you can prepare for the best possible pampering experience!

How to Prep for Your Bridal Hair and Makeup Trial

Planning Ahead For Your Wedding Hair and Makeup Trials:



Buy your dress first. We always suggest buying your wedding gown first. 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 trials!).

It is important to know what style you are going for so that we can create a look uniquely for you and your dress.


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.


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 sport a pixie cut and just want a fancy headband for the big day, there’s no need to practice.


Go clean and product-free. For a 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.


What to Bring:


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.


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).


During the Trial:


Speak up. Don’t like something? Say something! That’s the whole purpose of the trial. Don’t be shy.


Run your stopwatch. 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. Has your lipstick totally disappeared? Are your curls starting to look limp? A little wear is expected—just note it and ask the stylist to add more hairspray or plan to touch up your lips often on the day of.

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