Do I really Need A Bridal Trial?

This question if I need a bridal trial is the number one question I get asked.

Brides usually have a tonne of questions but as a professional hair and makeup artist, there is one question that I always get asked and that is “Do I really need a trial?”

The reason I get asked is because in most cases wedding budgets are tight and the bride doesn’t want to spend on a trial or they think it’s a way for artists to try to make more money.

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Here are here I will give you 5 reasons as to why my response to that question is always “YES!”
A trial is an opportunity Wedding day schedule:
All wedding day schedules are very tight so knowing exactly what look is desired and how long it takes to perform can save a lot of valuable time.

Why A Bridal Trial Is Needed

Things happen, people run late and so on. I hear brides say “but I only want a natural look”so it shouldn’t take long.
That may be the case but one lady’s natural look is another’s full blown Instagram Kardashian look.

Working out all the details (for your own look as well as your bridesmaids) is absolutely essential to ensure you’re happy with the look.
It will allow you to prepare your skin for the big day and that that things run smoothly on the day.
Also it gives the bride the opportunity to wear the makeup look for the day or night.
This is an important part of knowing if your makeup and hair will last for your wedding day ceremony and your reception.
Some brides may need a touch up service to freshen up their hair and makeup and this particularly happens if a bride has oily skin.
No makeup can last an entire day and night on skin that is oily.


Wedding day look and style:
This follows on from the above.
The wedding day is not the time for us to working out what your bridal style should be!
There is no time to be on Pinterest or discussing your preferred style (vintage, glam etc).
Nor it is the time to be deciding on colours, whether or not to include a winged liner or a red lip or a chocolate smoky eye.

Professional Hair And Makeup Artists


As wedding professionals, we will always try to please the client but sometimes, the desired look is not always possible depending skin type or face shape.

A trial run is a good time to discuss your options and to try different looks that will work for you.

Wedding Hair Trials

Having a through hair trial will give you the chance to order the extras that you will need to achieve the hairstyle or makeup look that you want.
At a hair trial we will discuss if your hair is going to be:

  • Will it be long enough to create the hairstyle you want?
  • Do you need a haircut with extra layers around the face to create softness.
  • Does your hair need a relaxing treatment to prevent it going frizzy?
  • Will the hairstyle you have chosen, work in with your veil?

A trial run is more than just a practice run for hair and makeup. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know your artist’s personality and their skill level.
This will determine if they are the right fit for you.
You want to be comfortable with your artist.
Being comfortable with their expertise and able to answer your questions and execute your makeup look.

Avoid Wedding Day Dramas!

While most professional makeup artists try to work with mostly hypoallergenic products.
It is possible that you may be allergic to an ingredient in a cosmetic.
Your wedding day is definitely not the day you want to discover you are allergic.
Common allergies we see are to the latex eyelash glue or the mica in an eyeshadows.

  1. A trial run gives you the opportunity to test out not only the final look, but also the products used.
  2. The key to awesome makeup is starting with a great canvas. Makeup applies differently based on how healthy your skin is.
  3. The trial is when we undertake a full skin assessment and recommend a regime (either skincare, treatments etc) to ensure that it’s in the best condition on the day.
  4. Skincare and treatments take time to work so starting well ahead of time is highly recommended.
  5. A trial run is also a great opportunity to discuss any details such as the number of attendants and services. A timeline can be created for the day.
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Running On Time For Your Wedding

A trial gives the bride a full understanding of the timeline.
Allowing plenty of time to get ready and setting the expectation on her and her bridal party.
When there is a schedule, It gives both the bride and the artists piece of mind that timelines are understood. A schedule will also mean that nothing has been left to chance.
Trials can make or break a successful wedding day look and are important part of the bridal makeup process.


Trials do take time for the artist (and the bride). Yes they are an expense and whilst they may add to your budget, they are well worth it.
We always suggest to have the makeup trial on a day that you are going to an event so you can make the most of your makeup!

Every bride wants to feel beautiful and confident on her wedding day.
By knowing exactly how the day will go and exactly how you will look, both you and your artist can be confident that you will look and feel your best!
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Feel free to contact me if you have any follow up questions.
Best regards
Peggy xx

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