Important tips for your Wedding Trial Makeup & Hairstyling

A trial for your bridal makeup and hairstyling is a must in my opinion, especially if you are not used to wearing makeup most of the time. It is after all one of the most important days of your life and you will want to look your very best.

There are a lot of considerations when planning for the perfect wedding look and you will want to be fully prepared for the trial makeup session with your makeup artist to make it a fruitful session.

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When to do your trial makeup and hairstyling ?

This is one common question we get asked very often - when should I do my trial?  It is a very good question and should be addressed. There are two purposes to a trial makeup session and the purpose determines when you should be doing the trial.

The first purpose to a trial is to find out if a particular wedding makeup artist’s style fits what you are looking for. If this is the case, you should do this as early as possible to decide if the makeup artist’s style fits your liking.

If you are certain of the makeup artist you want to hire, then your purpose will be the second category, which is to determine the kind of wedding makeup and hairstyling you desire for your wedding actual day. For this scenario, trial is usually recommended to be done two to four weeks before your wedding day. Reason for this is that you would have confirmed your gown, your hair length and your face condition will be similar to your wedding day.

Now, here are some tips for your wedding makeup and hairstyling trial session:

Research and communicate your likes and dislikes

It is best to do some research on your preferences on the kind of styles you like. Are you looking for a minimalist style, a boho-chic or a hollywood glamour style? Do you prefer more clean & sleek looking hairstyles or romantic braided wedding hairstyles?

These are questions you will need to consider and communicate with your makeup artist. With the ease of access to abundance of images on social media, it is best to illustrate your preferences with pictures.

Wear a color and neckline similar to your wedding dress

Sometimes clients come for a trial makeup session in a T-shirt and it is very hard to visualise the whole look. It is always advisable to come in a top that is close to the color and neckline of your wedding dress so that it is easier for you to visualise. If your wedding gown and evening dress are ready for collection, you can bring them along for your trial session. You can get a very good feel of the overall look.

Prepare pictures of your wedding gowns and evening dresses
In order for us to give better advice on the kind of bridal makeup and hairstyling that is suitable for you, it is very helpful to show us pictures of your wedding gown and evening dresses.

Theme of wedding

The theme of your wedding determines how we would advise on the looks. For example, if it is a beach wedding, we would recommend a let down romantic hairstyle whereas for a solemn church wedding, it will usually go well with a clean updo with veil. So do share with us the theme of your wedding, the venue as well as the programme for the day.

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Come with cleanly washed hair with no conditioner

While you may be tempted to come with very smooth and silky hair, you might be surprised to know that it is actually the least ideal for styling. This is because hair that is too soft and silky is hard to style and curls doesn't last long. As such, it is recommended not to use any conditioner, hair oil or serum. It is not necessary to cut or color your hair before the trial as our makeup artist will advise on what cut is suitable for the hairstyles you have chosen.

Come with a bare face

Do come bare faced with your contact lenses on if you intend to wear them on the day of your wedding. It is fine to come with sunblock on.

Choose the right person  for your trial

If you intend to bring someone for your trial makeup to give you a second opinion, we encourage you to do so. However do choose someone whom you think has similar taste as you in terms of styling. And do not bring too many people as you might end up with too many opinions and eventually find it hard to decide.

Give some thoughts on the accessories and veil

Before coming to the trial, do also check with your bridal studio on the selection of bridal veils available for use on your wedding day. This will be part of the consideration when we are proposing a wedding hairstyle too.

We do not recommend purchasing hair accessories before the bridal hair trial unless you really fancy certain pieces. Moreover, we will work your wedding hairstyle to complement the hair accessories. We work closely with Gioielli ( in coming up with the perfect style. Clients can choose from ready made pieces in our studio or have their hair pieces custom-made by Helen herself.

Leave your makeup on

We propose for you to leave the makeup on for a period of time.

This is to test how long the makeup lasts, how long the curls stay in this humid Singapore weather. Take mental notes of areas that you would like the makeup artist to make adjustments and communicate with your makeup artist. This will ensure your makeup stays fresh and more lasting on your big day.