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Wedding Glam | How to Have a Great Trial

Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her big day! One of the best ways to make certain that this happens is to schedule trial runs with your hair and makeup team. But before you can schedule your trial runs, you must find the perfect glam team for you. When clients ask me how to approach finding hair and makeup artists, the first thing I tell them is to search social media. Pull up Instagram and search stylists’ usernames and local hashtags for beauty. It’s a great way to find real-life examples of what the artists can do for you.


Before your trial, ask your stylists how they would like you to show up to it. Do they want a makeup-free face with only moisturizer on? Do they want your hair freshly washed or semi-dirty? Every stylist has their own preferences when it comes to skin and hair prep and what works best for them. Try to follow their guidelines for the trial, because if you do, you’ll get a better feel for how you will look for the big day!


When you go in for a trial, be sure to have ideas of what you want, as well as examples to show. Cue the Pinterest searches! You should go to your trial with an open mind, as the artists may have ideas of how to enhance your features that you haven’t thought of. Remember that this is a collective effort between you and the stylists, and they are experts in their field and know what they are doing! One of my best pieces of advice when it comes to hair and makeup is to do something that represents you and your style. Your wedding day isn’t the time to try something new that you’ve never done. As much as you think you love a bold lip, it may not be right for your wedding day. You want to make sure your look is something that will not only photograph nicely but hold up well throughout the day without needing to have multiple touchups.


Make sure that you share the following details with your stylists so that they can properly prep and create a look that will work with the elements of your wedding day:

The color palette and vibe of the wedding – Is there a certain feel you want your look to embody?

  • Your dress – What does it look like?

  • Wedding location – Is it indoors/outdoors?

  • Your typical look – How much makeup do you normally wear? How do you typically style your hair?

If you have any concerns once your stylist has completed your look, be sure to speak up and let them know. Your happiness and confidence on your wedding day is too important and it is not the day to “settle” for things! They will be more than happy to accommodate any changes in the look that you may want. Don’t forget to go over all the necessary details of your big day –wedding timeline, getting ready timeline, when photos begin, etc. – so that they are prepared and arrive on time to get the glam going!