Photo Credit: Kim O Meara Photography
Today is April 26th, our second wedding anniversary! In the spirit of things I’m sharing my experiences finding a salon for my wedding hair & makeup. 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 for a trial run of the big day. What could go wrong, right??
Let me tell you my take on the situation. LOTS can go wrong! If you aren’t someone who has a regular hair stylist or makeup artist you won’t know the skill set of the stylist or artist you book. If you’re someone who doesn’t get your hair or makeup done professionally very often and doesn’t have a regular person you know and trust there’s a lot of room for error.
Why Get A Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial
During your trial you’ll work with your stylist/artist to get exactly what you want ahead of time. A trial isn’t meant to be a toned down version of your wedding day hair & makeup. The place you go should give your trial 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.
My First Salon Trial
Mike & I 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 a wedding hair & makeup trial for my wedding that was coming up in a few months. I confirmed the location and indicated that I would be taking bridesmaids and immediate family to get their hair and makeup done on the day of.
The First Red Flag
On the day of the trial I braved a busy mall parking lot on a Saturday to get to the salon. The lady at the counter had literally no idea why I was there. The booking for my trials weren’t ever transferred into their system and they were fully booked for the day. I was told I would have to wait for half an hour but they could “squeeze me in”. Fabulous, right? I decided to wait, mistakes happen and I was already there.
The Second Red Flag
Once my name was called I went into the makeup room. The MUA asked what I want and I, not knowing a lot about makeup at the time, tell her that I want the look to be incorporate pink tones and be light, fresh and not dark around my eyes. I thought she would understand that since it was a wedding trial I should look like a bride. The trial was supposed to take about 40 minutes and she made me up in less than 15 (another red flag). I looked horrible! My skin was ghostly pale, my eyes were rimmed in black, and I had the most horrendous blush application I have ever seen. And my eyebrows! No love for my eyebrows lady!
When I voiced my concerns she insisted that I needed to go heavy on the makeup to make it “pop” in the pictures. I disagreed, but she refused to change anything.
I look very unimpressed in this photo! What part of “pink tones” and “light and fresh” did she not understand!?
The Third Red Flag
When I got to the front desk, I asked who’s doing my hair trial and the lady said “oh I thought you just wanted the makeup trial”. I asked 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 told me it will be another hour before they can fit me in. I decided right then that I wouldn’t bother. If Spasation couldn’t get my trials right I had little faith that they would do a good job for my wedding day, or that they wouldn’t “lose” the booking.
My Happy Ending
I went to Eveline Charles afterwards and the whole experience was 100% better. For starters my booking was actually there when I went in for my trial! The hairstylist was wonderful and made my hair look beautiful on both the day of the trial and on the wedding day.
My makeup artist was also amazing! She was very personable, and kept me involved in the whole process. My trial lasted the entire 50 minutes allocated to me, while she asked me questions about what I wanted for lip colour, eyeshadow, etc. She also spent time colour matching and I truly felt beautiful afterwards. Instead of blacks and browns she went with the lovely pink hues I had wanted. She even took notes on the exact look she created and notated them on a diagram to use on the day of! That’s what you should be getting from a wedding hair & makeup trial!
My bad experience had a happy ending. If you know a stylist then you should be fine, but if not please make sure to pay 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 salon you picked will do a good job.
Photo Credit: Kim O’ Meara Photography
Have you ever had anawful salon experience and did you get wedding hair & makeup trials done?