How To Prep Yourself For A Successful Bridal Hair & Makeup Trial


Congratulations!! You have booked your bridal hair/makeup trial with a Fancy Face Inc. pro artist and the scheduled trial date is fast approaching. This blog post is dedicated to properly prepping you in advance so that you know exactly the look you are going for in the trial and ultimately on your wedding day. Taking the time to research hair and makeup looks before your trial is imperative to having a successful trial with your F.F.I artist.  

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Here are some ways to properly prepare yourself before the trial: 

-Research looks. Take the time to scroll through endless Pinterest/Instagram/Google images of bridal hair and makeup looks. ONLY save the ones that you could see yourself wearing and that you feel would look good on you personally. If you save every look that you think is ‘pretty’, you will ultimately confuse yourself and your artist. 

-Follow our company Instagram page @fancyfaceinc for constant inspiration showcasing our current bridal clientele & also our pinterest page for regular pins of current bridal looks that are timelessly elegant and that the majority of our clientele are loving at the moment. 

-Become clear on your likes and dislikes with each makeup/hair look you’ve saved as a reference. Very often, our clients don’t love every single aspect of the photos they show us for inspiration. Know how to verbalize what you love about the photo, and what you don’t like about the photo.  

-Narrow the photos you love down to 2 hair photos and 2 makeup photos. Clarity is key. 

-Your trial is meant to help you choose a wedding hairstyle and makeup look. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful, as if it were actually your wedding day. You can wear a white, off the shoulder top, with lace, or off-white silky dress. Whatever you choose, try to avoid looking “edgy” or “comfy” on your trial date. Unless that’s the wedding look you’re going for! It can affect your choices drastically!

-The hard truth: Understand that your hairstylist/makeup artist is not a mind-reader nor can they dream up a look that you would like. For trials, we are meeting you without your hair and makeup done, so we really have no idea about what your personal style is. Therefore, it is whole-heartedly your job to come in and describe to us who you are and how you want to present yourself on your wedding day. The more you know, the more successful your trial will be because your artist can then seamlessly create your personal dream wedding day look.

Know the answer to the following questions your artist will surely be asking you in the trial: 

For makeup:  


*How would you like your skin to appear: Dewy or Matte  

*What kind of coverage do you want on your skin?? Do you want full coverage?, a sheer tint?, coverage in problem areas and sheer everywhere else??

*Do you want to want any eyeliner or shadow smoked out underneath you eyes? Yes or No 

*If yes, show us an image of how you like your eyeliner to look.  

*On the lids of your eyes, do you want your eyeliner winged, thin, thick, three quarters of the way across, etc? 

*Do you want your eyes to look dramatic, or soft & natural?

*What colours of eyeshadow do you want on your eyes? -Browns, Greys, Champagnes, Taupes, Mauve, Purples, Bronze, Black. etc. 

*Do you want your eyeshadow to be matte, shimmery, glittery or a combination of two or all three? 

*What kind of impact do you want your false lashes to have? Do you want them to look natural (if so, individuals are best), do you want them full??, long??, wispy??, not too long??, dark?? etc? 

*Do you want to look bronzed and have a JLO glow?? 

*Do you want more of a rosy cheek then a bronzed look? 

*Do you want ‘Kim K’ contouring? 

*How is your skin over the course of the day? Does it get oily? Is it combination? Is it dry?? 

*Do you like your brows filled in?? If so, do you like them lightly filled in? Do you like a bold brow? Do you want them thickened up?? Do you want them reshaped? 

*For lips, know how to describe the colour you are going after. You are more then welcome to test and try out different shades and tones in the trial however be sure to know how to depict the colours you like to your artist. For example, do you like pinks?? If so, pale pink? bubblegum pink?, peachy pink?, dusty rose pink? etc.  Refer to an image of a swatch of colour you like. Or show us a photo of a makeup look with a lipstick colour that you love. 


For hair:  


* Do you want your hair up or down?  

*If down, do you want it all down or half up/half down??  

*Do you want your ears covered in the style or does that not matter to you? 

*Which way do you prefer your hair to be parted?

*Do you want loose waves or do you want curls?? 

*What kind of volume do you want? 

*Do you like smooth curls/waves or do you like texture?? 

*For an updo, do you want a structured placed updo or do you want it to look undone?? 

*Does your hair usually hold curls or do they usually fall?  

*Do you want a side-swept bang?? 

*Do you want the updo to the back or to one side? 

How should you prep your hair for the trial? Here are some tips! 

• A clarifying shampoo should only be used once a week at the most, to remove product and oil build up.
• Invest in a good one, like Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo, and you can share it among you and your bridesmaids.
• Use this shampoo the night before your event.

• Some heads of hair take forever to dry. Like two whole days kind of forever!
• For your stylist to create beautiful, soft, long lasting looks, your hair need to be dry, 110%; even the back part.
• If you think it’s “dry enough”, keep drying it baby.
• Any dampness will add time to your hair service, making the morning run late, and the style may not last.

• No matter how tempting it is or how tangled/limp/dry you think your hair gets, avoid using any conditioner, oils, leave-in treatments and products (Conditioner /Oils /Leave-in treatments /Products).
• When C/O/L/P are used on the hair, it creates a barrier, which does 2 things: a) it makes it difficult for the heat to affect the hair, whether you’re curling or straightening, meaning a higher temperature needs to be used. And that’s not good thing! b) the barrier also makes it difficult for holding products, like hairspray, to actually work. Instead, it will sit on top of the C/O/L/P and you will have crusty, flaky, sticky, heavy hair.

• The best hair extensions to use for your wedding are clip-in hair extensions, and 160g-180g is the best weight to achieve a full look. Anything more than that weight will feel heavy and give you a headache.
• Double wefted-Remi hair that is 18″ or longer will be perfect for a full and healthy look.
• Choose a color closest to the color of your hair, or the ends of your hair.
• Before the wedding, start preparing hair extensions by spraying them with hairspray and brushing them. Repeat this every other day. Fresh extensions out of the box will not hold curl or volume, and they will look like hair extensions, rather than looking soft and beautiful.

Really take the time to think about all of the above before your trial & become clear on your answers. The trial is only an hour long per service so the longer you take trying to figure out the above questions while in the trial, the more time you take up from the artist being able to work their magic on you. The artist can certainly guide you in some areas, however most of the questions above should have an answer before you meet the artist on the trial date. Also, if you are clear on your answers, you will then have the chance to try out that chosen look to see if it works on you. If it in-fact doesn’t, then you will have time to make the alterations needed. The F.F.I. artists are here to make every bride happy. They want your honesty and they want to collaborate with you as a team to help you put your best face forward on your wedding day. 

We hope this helped you understand more about how to research and prep for your wedding hair/makeup trial!! 


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