Successful Bridal Trial :: Bewildered Bride
July 30, 2016

Successful Bridal Trial

By Natalie Willingham – Bridal Makeup & Hair Specialist

You’re getting married! How massively exciting! Ok well you’ve booked your makeup artist and the next job is to arrange your trial. Your bridal trial should be a fun and joyous occasion. So here’s my top tips to make sure that your bridal trial goes brilliantly.

Successful Bridal Trial

Timing is everything.

Too early and you may change your mind, too late and you may not be 100% certain of your choices. I recommend scheduling your bridal trial 6-12 weeks before your wedding day. By this point you should have a good idea of what styling you would like and have all of the accessories to complement this. Where possible schedule your trial before your dress fitting so you can see how the whole look works together.


Choosing a hair and makeup style can be very confusing but its definitely a very personal thing. Whilst it may be tempting to try a completely new look, you should ensure that you incorporate aspects of your personality so that your groom recognises you at the end of the aisle. Theres little point in having a strong makeup look if you never usually wear it, as your groom won’t realise its you under there!


There are so many images out there, I could get lost in Pinterest for hours, and sometimes it can all feel a bit overwhelming. In that case ask your makeup artist what they think. They will have a lot of experience working with different brides and will keep an eye on the catwalk to ensure they keep up to date with current trends, which can then be incorporated into stunning bridal looks. Bring images of hair and makeup styles you like and those that you don’t along with a photo of your dress to your trial. It is so much easier to communicate what you like and don’t like if you are able to show your artist a photo, as your version of natural will be different to that of another bride.

Successful Bridal TrialBe realistic

Often ladies bring images of celebrities and say I want to look like that, and thats ok however, you need to understand that possibly the celeb doesn’t even look like that. Images can be retouched. Celebs will have a full glam squad available in between shots to primp and preen. False hair may be used. The list goes on. So if you have a photo of Beyonce and her huge mane of hair and your hair is short and fine and the total opposite of Beyonce’s then its unlikely that your artist will be able to work miracles. But what they will be able to do is use the image for inspiration, to create a look for you that feels like Beyonce but is 100% you.

Successful Bridal Trial

Wear white

I usually suggest that my brides wear a white or light coloured top to their trial. The combination of light and the white colour will provide the most accurate example of how your makeup and hair will look on the day. If you don’t have a white top then a white towel or pillowcase will work just as well.


Lighting is really important, so I prefer to schedule my bridal trial during day light hours to ensure that I get the best from our appointment. Lighting at home or in hotels can cast shadows, and yellow tones, which can change the look and colour of your makeup. Bring any accessories with you to your trial as these can also affect the look of your hair and makeup. Strong accessories may need fuller lashes or stronger colours to emphasise your look. Still haven’t decided? Then bring a couple of options with you so you can see which works best.

Successful Bridal Trial

Tell us what you think

And finally, be honest and open to ideas. Before I start any bridal trial appointment, I spend time building a relationship with my bride. I ask lots of questions to learn more about you, your usual hair and makeup style, your wedding plans etc. This helps us get to know each other better, after all having your makeup done can be quite intrusive and requires a lot of trust between artist and bride. Remember, this is our job so any feedback we get is really useful and helps us to help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.

Hopefully, this short guide will help you understand what to expect at your trial to ensure it goes brilliantly.

Until next time x

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