Bridal Hair and Makeup Trial 101

Photography by Karissa Roe

Photography by Karissa Roe

I have met with hundreds of brides in my twelve year career and let me tell you gals, the questions are always the same when it comes to preparing for your bridal trial. Do I wash my hair? Do I come with no makeup? What do I need to bring? Don’t worry gals I’ve got you covered, here are the top 5 things you need to know when meeting with your artist.

1. Dry & Clean Hair- We have all the tips and tricks to dirty that hair up gals so come squeaky clean, air dry or rough blow dry and we will do the rest..

2. Prep your skin- I always suggest a fresh face, lightly exfoliate, moisturize and come bare face we have everything you’ll need in our kit. If you have sensitivities or have a product you can’t live without just chat with your artist before hand I’m sure they will gladly accommodate if possible

3. Find some Inspiration- Take a deep dive into Pinterest and Instagram I suggest finding images that resemble your features, hair length, hair color, skin complexion and send to your artist before your trial. This will allow you both to look over your inspiration boards and come up with a tailored look specifically for you.

4. Don’t be shy- This is your trial for your wedding, think of it like a practice before a performance. If you aren’t crazy about the winged liner that you had your heart set on, don’t be shy gal speak up! Your artist is there to create a look tailored just for you and we won’t take it personal if you want to change that red lip back to neutral or add a little more shadow for a soft smokey eye. We are there to guide you but making you feel your fabulous self is the ultimate goal.

5. Take a selfie- Snap Snap Snap away! Find your light, take a photo in every room, and every light you can find so you can see how your hair and makeup photograph, remember you are investing in a photographer to take photos that will last you a lifetime so your makeup is going to be a smidgen heavier than normal.

5 Tips for Hiring a HMUA

5 Pro tips for Hiring a Hair and Makeup Stylist

Wedding Makeup Nashville

1. Expertise

Although this may seem like the most obvious of tips let me explain. I have worked in the wedding industry for over ten years and have heard every horror story imaginable when it comes to getting makeup done. Do your research, social media is an excellent tool not only are you able to see what the stylist post but you can also see what they are tagged in. What type of vendors they work with, what style bride, follow their insta story for behind the scenes work.

2. Connection

Connection is major! This person is going to be in your private space with your most important people on your most important day. Don't hire someone solely on their experience, I love to bond with my brides but professional is key I'm there to provide them with the best experience possible. If the vibe isn't right in your consultation don't settle, its worth booking the right fit.

3. Investment

I completely understand sticking to your budget and I highly recommend putting your hair and makeup stylist on the same level as your wedding planner and photographer. I can't stress this enough, these are photos that will not only last your lifetime but will stay in your family for generations. Having a professional hair and makeup team who are experienced working with professional flash photography, weather elements ( especially in PNW) is crucial), and using the right tools to keep your makeup on all day is key. I've seen so many times when one bridesmaid goes rouge and wants to do her own, unless she is also a hair and makeup stylist I always recommend encouraging everyone to relax and get pampered together that day.

4. Referrals

When your Wedding Planner or Bestie has had fabulous experience working with a stylist trust me they want to share, don't hesitate to ask around. I've had the honor of working with so many fantastic brides through referrals. Wedding planners also know your style and vision so they are the perfect place to start your search.

5. Publication

I was on the fence about listing this as my fifth tip but being Published on a wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, Seattle Bride Magazine, or any of your favorite Wedding Blogs is a HUGE honor. This will also give you so much insight to the style of your artist, inspiration for your wedding, a chance to see other wedding vendors they collaborated with ; florals, calligraphy, dessert, photographer etc. and more.

What tips have you used when booking your wedding Hair and Makeup? I would love for you to share!