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10 Tips For Your Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial: Wedding Wednesday

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You've been dreaming of your wedding and wedding day make and hairstyle forever and now it's time to actually book a hair and makeup artist and do some trial runs to find the perfect one for you! These tips will help make sure you get the most out of those hair and makeup trials.

1. Bring Inspiration

If you have a certain look or style in mind, bring along some photo inspiration for your hair and makeup artist. This will ensure that you both are on the same page and they can make sure they are doing the styles that you are wanting. If you have already picked out your dress, bring along photos of your dress as well so your hair and makeup artist can gather inspiration from your dress. If you are wearing a veil, make sure you bring that along to your hair trial so your hair artist can make sure the hairstyle will accommodate the veil.

2. Take Notes

Your hair and makeup artist will be taking notes throughout the trial so they know what products they used on you so they can replicate that on the wedding day. However, you should take some notes as well. Once your hair and makeup artist leaves on the wedding day, you may still need to do some quick touchups throughout the day. Taking some notes on the products and best way to go around touchups will help you feel less stressed on the day of the wedding.

3. Dress For Your Appointment

Button-down shirts or shirts with loose necklines are best for making sure you don't mess up your hair or makeup. This is especially true if you plan on going home and trying on your dress afterwards. You won't want to mess up your hair and makeup by trying to get your shirt off. You can also wear a shirt that's neckline matches your wedding dress so you can get a better feel for what your hair and makeup will look like with that style of dress.

4. Keep Track Of The Time

Keeping track of how long it takes your hair and makeup artist to do their thing will help you when you start planning the timeline for your wedding day. You will want to make sure you are allowing enough time for them to be able to do your hair and makeup. Also, ask them how long they think they will need on the wedding day so you can be sure to build that time into your timeline.

5. Don't Forget To Ask Questions

Ask lots of questions! Do you need advice on touchups or how to keep your curls in all day? Do want to know what the best makeup setting spray is? Should you wash your hair the night before the wedding or should you skip the shampoo? Your hair and makeup artists will be more than happy to answer all your questions and make sure you have all the information that you need!

6. Take Lots Of Photos

Your hair and makeup artist will more than likely take some photos so they can remember exactly what your trial hair and makeup looked like so they can follow along on the wedding day. You should also take lots of photos as well. This will help put your mind at ease and will allow you to show your bridesmaids or mother to get their opinion.

7. Don't Be Afraid To Discuss Pricing

I know everyone gets a little nervous discussing pricing in person but it's something that you need to know! Be sure you are getting the pricing for your hair and makeup styles so there won't be any surprises. Remember to ask about any travel fees that may be associated if they will be coming to you versus you going to the salon.

8. Consider Who You Bring With You

You may want to go your hair and makeup trial alone or bring one friend that you trust. Having a bunch of people present or people who have strong opinions may not be your best bet. You want to make sure you get a hair and makeup style that you love and not just one that someone may have persuaded you towards.

9. Destination Wedding?

Are you having a destination wedding and using a stylist at the destination that you won't be able to have a trial with? If so, you can still do a trail with a hair and makeup stylist at home. They can write down the different products they used and take photos that you can give to the stylist at your destination. This will let them get a better feel for what you are wanting and will help put your mind at ease.

10. Don't Be Afraid To Speak Up

If your hair or makeup isn't looking exactly what you envisioned, don't be afraid to let the stylist know. This is exactly what the trial is for. Speaking up now will make sure you are able to the perfect hair and makeup that you envisioned on your wedding day.


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