My Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Horror Story

4bw                                             Photo Credit: Kim O Meara Photography

Hello My lovelies,

Today is April 26th, meaning I got married two years ago! In the spirit of things I wanted to write a post about my experiences finding a salon to do my hair and makeup for the day of.
I was having a conversation with a friend a few weeks ago regarding wedding hair and makeup trials. She couldn’t believe that a bride would spend the amount salons charge on having a trail run for their big day. What could really go wrong, right??

Let me tell you my take on the situation. LOTS can go wrong! My argument was that if you are someone who doesn’t have a regular hair stylist/makeup artist you don’t really know the skill set of whoever you get booked with. Makeup is an art and there are many ways it can be utilized. If you don’t get your makeup done professionally very often and don’t have a regular person you know and trust there is so much room for error.

But the price of the trial, she says, is just about the same price as the real thing! Yes, it is. During your trial you want to work with your stylist/artist to get exactly what you need ahead of time. A trial isn’t meant to be a toned down version of your wedding day hair & makeup. If the place you go is doing it right it should be given as much attention and detail as the day of. Here’s my experience with trials and why I stand by getting one or two (or three) done until you are happy.

The first Trial
We planned our whole wedding ourselves, and I thought that hair and makeup would be the easiest thing to deal with. I called Spasation and I told them I wanted to book their wedding hair & makeup trial as I was getting married in a few months. I confirmed the location and also indicated that I would be taking the female members of the bridal party and immediate family to get their hair and makeup done on the day of.

So the day of the trial comes, and I show up. The lady at the counter literally has no idea why I’m there. It seems that my booking was never transferred to their system and they are booked for the day. I’m told I have to wait half an hour but they will squeeze me in. Fabulous huh? But I decide I’ll wait, mistakes happen and I’m already there.

Finally my name gets called, and I get into the makeup room and I’m asked what I want. I tell her that I want the look to be natural: light and fresh, clean complexion, not dark around my eyes. Maybe some pink tones for eyeshadow. This is for a wedding after all. The trial is supposed to take about 40 minutes. She makes me up in less than 15 (another red flag), and I look awful! My skin looks ghostly pale,  my eyes are rimmed in blacks and browns, and I have the most horrendous blush application I have ever seen. And my eyebrows! No love for my eyebrows lady! I wasn’t happy, and when I voiced my concerns she stipulated that I need to go heavy on the makeup to make it “pop” in the pictures. I disagreed with her, but she refused to change anything. I noticed that the makeup she did for me looked very similar to her own.


You can tell I was  unimpressed in the photo. What part of pink tones and light and fresh did she not understand!!

When I go to the front desk, I ask who’s doing my hair trial and I’m told “oh I thought you just wanted the makeup trial”. So I ask her what she thought I meant when I said I had booked a hair and makeup trial. I’m not an angry person, but I was getting fed up! Flustered she tells me it will be another hour before they can fit me in. I told her don’t bother, if they can’t even get my trials right I have little faith that they would do a good job for my wedding day, or that they wouldn’t “lose” the booking. (I swear I wasn’t a bridezilla, but this was ridiculous!)

My second Trial
I was so happy I did a second trial somewhere else, and even if my experience sucked at the first place, at least I knew not to book there! I can’t imagine how awful it would have been if I had actually stayed at the first place.

I booked at Eveline Charles and the whole experience was one hundred percent better. First off my booking was actually there when I came in. My hairstylist was wonderful, and made my hair look like something Sansa Stark would style. My makeup artist was amazing! She was very personable, and kept me involved in the whole process. She used the whole 50 minutes allocated to my time, and asked me questions about what I wanted for lip color, eyeshadow, etc. She spent time color matching and I truly felt beautiful afterwards. Instead of blacks and browns she went with lovely pink hues for the eyeshadow, and she listened when I told her that I didn’t really want mascara. She even took notes on the exact look she created for me and notated them on a diagram to use on the day of. I was so happy!

Here’s my trial look from the second place. (Before a blogger or a good camera! Hence the mac mirror selfie.)

Photo on 2014-02-20 at 5.18 PM

So my bad experience had a happy ending. If you really know your stylist then you should be fine, but if you don’t and are shopping around, you will want to pay more for a quality salon and GET YOUR TRIALS DONE. Trust me, it’s worth it!! You don’t need the stress of not knowing if the person or place you have picked will do a good job.  Also, if you are noticing that you don’t really like the hairstyle or makeup application of the people working in the salons, it’s a red flag that the place may not be for you. Trust your gut!

14Photo Credit: Kim O’ Meara Photography

Have you ever had a crazy awful salon experience?? Let’s talk about it!
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3 thoughts on “My Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Horror Story

  1. What an experience! The first place seems so unprofessional. I remember when I was a bridesmaid in my sister’s wedding, the lady caked the bronzer on so much that I looked orange!


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