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Top Hair and Makeup Trial Tips for a Flawless Wedding Look

Planning a wedding is a thrilling yet intricate journey, especially for brides aiming for a picture-perfect look. As a professional wedding and events planner in New Jersey, serving New York and Pennsylvania, I understand the importance of every detail. From the wedding venue to the wedding makeup, each element contributes to the magical day. This blog will guide you through essential hair and makeup trial tips, ensuring you achieve your dream look for your destination wedding.




Should I Have a Wedding Hair or Makeup Trial?


This is an important question to think about. If you're planning to have your usual hairstylist or makeup artist for your wedding and opting for a familiar look, a trial might not be necessary. Similarly, if hair and makeup aren't a priority for you, and you're either doing it yourself or trusting the professionals on the day without worrying about it, that's perfectly okay as well.


However, if you have specific preferences, strong likes and dislikes, or are trying a new hairstylist or makeup artist for the first time, a trial is definitely a wise investment. It's especially crucial to have a hair trial if you plan on wearing a veil or headpiece.


You don't want to find out on your wedding day that the updo you envisioned won't work with your hair's texture or that the makeup artist's preferred foundation doesn't suit your skin. A trial allows you to address any issues beforehand, ensuring you'll look fantastic on the big day. Plus, you can ask questions about doing touch-ups.





1. Schedule Your Trial Early


Why Timing Matters

- Booking your hair and makeup trial 3-6 months before your wedding allows ample time for adjustments.

- Early trials help in planning around your wedding timeline, fitting perfectly into your wedding checklist.


Key Considerations

- Align your trial with other pre-wedding appointments, such as dress fittings or engagement photo sessions.

- Ensure your wedding photographer captures a few trial shots to see how your makeup and hair look on camera.


2. Get pinning!


Gather Inspiration

- Create a vision board with wedding hairstyle ideas and makeup looks that resonate with your wedding theme.

- Bring bridal magazines, Pinterest boards, and pictures from wedding blogs to your appointment.


Share with Your Stylist

- Discuss your wedding gown style, wedding colors, and overall theme (e.g., rustic, glamorous, vintage) to align your look with your wedding decorations and venue.





3. Communicate Clearly


Open Dialogue

- Be vocal about what you like and dislike during the trial.

- Discuss any skin concerns or allergies with your makeup artist.


Feedback is Key

- Take notes during the trial to remember specific products and techniques used.


4. Replicate Your Dress Colour & Neckline


It might sound trivial, but if your wedding dress is white or off-white, try wearing a similar color to your makeup trial.


This helps you see how your complexion appears and photographs against white, which isn't always the easiest color to work with.


For your hair trial, try to mimic the neckline of your dress. Whether it's backless, strapless, or off-the-shoulder, this will give you a clearer idea of how your hairstyle will look and complement your dress, ensuring your gown is showcased beautifully.





5. Bring Accessories


Incorporate Your Wedding Jewelry and Veil

- Bring your wedding jewelry, hairpieces, and veil to the trial to see how they complement your overall look.

- Experiment with different hairstyles that suit your veil and accessories.


6. Test for Longevity


Durability is Crucial

- Assess how your hair and makeup hold up throughout the day.

- Plan your trial on a day when you can wear the look for several hours to test its endurance through various activities.


7. Capture the Look


Photographic Evidence

- Take photos in different lighting conditions to see how your hair and makeup look in various environments.

- Share these photos with your wedding planner to ensure continuity in your wedding photography plan.





8. Be Open to Adjustments


Flexibility is Key

- Be prepared to make tweaks based on your trial experience.

- Schedule a follow-up trial if necessary to perfect your look.


9. Consider Your Destination


Destination Wedding Specifics

- For destination weddings, consider the climate and how it might affect your hair and makeup.

- Choose products and styles that withstand humidity, wind, or other local weather conditions.



A successful hair and makeup trial is essential for achieving a flawless look on your wedding day. By following these tips and collaborating closely with your wedding planner and beauty team, you can ensure every detail, from the wedding venue to the wedding makeup, is perfectly aligned for your special day. Whether you're planning a luxurious New Jersey wedding or an exotic destination wedding, these tips will help you shine as the beautiful bride you envision.


For more wedding inspiration and tips, explore our wedding blog and connect with top wedding vendors to bring your dream wedding to life. Happy planning!


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