5 Ways to Prep for Your Hair and Makeup Trial

For a smooth run-through, check out these five tips.
by Maddy Sims

All eyes are going to be on you at your wedding, so you want to make sure that you look and feel your best. How can you guarantee that happens? By scheduling a hair and makeup trial before the day of. Whether you're going full glam or keeping things more natural, a test run is always a good idea to make sure you and your beauty pros are on the same page. Try to schedule your beauty run-through about six months before your wedding day so that you have time to make any changes if you need. To make sure you get the most out of the meeting, it's best to be fully prepared. The Knot taps Brittany Lo, CEO and founder of NYC-based beauty services company Beautini, for the five best bridal hair and makeup trial prep tips.

1. Bring Your Makeup Bag

If there's a foundation that sits perfectly  on your skin or a certain product you wear every single day, bring it to your hair and makeup trial.  Even if the artist does a beautiful job with their products, it's more important for you to feel comfortable with your makeup so that you can enjoy the day. Share this tip with bridesmaids who are nervous about getting their makeup done or have sensitive skin.

2. Find Inspirational Photos of Hair and Makeup

When it comes to hair and makeup, it can be hard to figure out the exact look you want. Lo suggests creating an inspiration board of beauty looks you like. Maybe you gravitate towards chic, classic styles, or maybe you're a fan of boho vibes. Whatever looks you pick, explaining what you like about them to your stylist will help them understand your preferences. It's also totally fine if you like something in photos but don't like it on yourself—that's what a trial is for!

3. Take Note of What You Didn't Like About Past Looks

Have absolutely no way to articulate what you like? Another helpful way for you to communicate what you're looking for is to describe what you don't want. Have you been in a wedding party where you disliked how you looked? Tell the stylists why you felt that way, Lo says. Your trial will be much more efficient if your stylists know what to stay away from,  and you won't need to wait until each look is finished to figure out what you don't like about it.

4. Arrive With a Clean Face and Hair

This one may seem obvious, but it's so important. Come to your hair and makeup trial with clean hair and no makeup on so that your pros can start with a blank canvas. You'll also get to see exactly what you'll look like on the day of your wedding.

5. Purchase Accessories and Hair Extensions Beforehand

It's important for the stylists to know exactly what they'll be working with on the wedding day, so be sure to bring any accessories to your trial. If you're inspired by photos with long, thick hair, but have thin, short hair, consider investing in clip-in extensions. They blend easily into your own hair and create a fuller look. And if you decide you want to wear a hair piece after your trial? Just let your stylist know so they can think about how to incorporate it into your style.

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