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Bridal Hair and Makeup Trial: What to Expect and How to Prepare


Preparing for your wedding day involves countless decisions, and one crucial aspect is your bridal hair and makeup. While our skilled hair and makeup artisans can certainly create the look you desire without a trial, we strongly recommend that the bride participate in a trial session. This allows the client to explore different styles and find the one that suits them best. Whether you're working with a professional hair and makeup artist or doing it yourself, a trial is an opportunity to fine-tune your bridal beauty vision. In this blog post, we'll discuss what you can expect from a bridal hair and makeup trial and provide tips on how to prepare.



What to Expect:

  1. Consultation: The trial session usually begins with a consultation. This is your chance to discuss your ideas, preferences, and any specific concerns with your hair and makeup artisan. Bring along at least 2-3 pictures of hairstyles and makeup looks you like to help convey your vision clearly. This is crucial in achieving the look you desire. We will customize this look to suit your facial attributes, skin tone, hair texture, and/or hair length.

  2. Testing Different Styles: During the trial, your hairstylist will experiment with various hairstyles to find the one that complements your face shape, dress, and overall theme. Similarly, your makeup artist will try different looks, focusing on enhancing your features and ensuring it matches your desired aesthetic.

  3. Communication and Feedback: Effective communication is crucial during the trial. Speak openly about what you like or dislike, and don't hesitate to provide feedback. Remember, it's your special day, and your artists want to create a look that makes you feel confident and beautiful.

  4. Time and Duration: A bridal hair and makeup trial is approximately 3 hours. Be prepared to invest time to ensure everything is perfect. Use this opportunity to discuss the schedule for the wedding day and plan the timeline accordingly.

How to Prepare:

  1. Research and Inspiration: Before your trial, gather inspiration from magazines, bridal blogs, or social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. Create a mood board or collection of images that showcase your desired hair and makeup styles. This will help guide your stylists and ensure you're on the same page.

  2. Clean Face and Hair: Ensure your face and hair are clean and free from any previous makeup or products. Arriving with a fresh canvas allows your hair and makeup artists to work efficiently. For optimal results, we suggest using one-day-old, completely dry hair for your bridal hair trial. However, it is crucial that the hair should be free from any product buildup or grease.

  3. Bring Your Accessories: If you have any accessories such as a veil, tiara, or hair clips, bring them along to the trial. This will help your stylist incorporate these elements into your hairstyle and ensure everything blends seamlessly.

  4. Wear a White Top: Opt for a white or light-colored top similar to your wedding dress. This will give you a better idea of how your hair and makeup will look against the color and style of your gown.

  5. Communicate Clearly: Clearly communicate your expectations, preferences, and concerns to your stylists. Remember, they are professionals who can offer valuable advice and suggestions based on their experience. Be open to their recommendations and work together to achieve your desired look.

  6. Take Photos: Our hair and makeup artists will take multiple pictures after each look throughout the trial. We will send these pictures to you within 24 hours. Capturing different angles and lighting conditions will help you assess how they appear in photographs. Reviewing these images later will assist you in making any necessary adjustments.


The bridal hair and makeup trial is an essential step in preparing for your wedding day. It allows you to visualize your desired look, make any necessary adjustments, and build confidence in your artisans' abilities. By following these tips and being actively involved in the process, you can ensure that you'll look and feel stunning on your special day.



-Danielle Leighton

Diva Me Bella LLC








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