Picture the scene, you arrive at your hair and make up trial, excited, full of anticipation and a phone full of inspiration images. You've had a chat with your artist and they get to work on producing your dream wedding look. Now most of the time, you won't be sat in front of a mirror, especially if you're having makeup done. It can be off putting seeing the process happen and so most artists prefer to have you seated so that you can't see what's happening. I can't speak for all as some may choose to let you see, but in my experience this isn't necessarily the best plan. We know the planned end result and in a trial, there can be a little trial and error, and we don't want you to worry.
Your artist has now finished and you're shown the finished product... but it's not what you expected. Firstly don't panic. Breathe. Take a moment to take it in. Look at it in a few different mirrors and for makeup look at it in different lights, before giving feedback.
We want you to be honest, we're pretty thick skinned and a good artist wont take your criticism personally. We also know that sometimes our style isnt going to suit someone, it happens and that's ok. When it comes to delivering your thoughts, all we ask is that you tell us what doesn’t work for you. Try as hard as you can not to be rude. We understand that this is a very personal and important thing to you, but if you're rude then the likelihood is, you won't get the best from your artist in trying to alter the look to suit you better. Remember they have worked for probably up to an hour based on what you've shown them / told them.
One of the main things that happens on a trial is that you're dressed in your comfies and the look just doesnt look right. This is most probably because you're not seeing the whole package. There are a few things you can do to help avoid this issue.
Wear white, or at least close to the colour you'll be wearing on the day
Try to mimic your dress neckline
If you're having your hair done, but not makeup, then put some makeup on before. If you're having your makeup done but not hair, then have it in a style as close as possible to what you plan to do... i.e if its up off your face on the day, then do this for the trial too.
Pop your wedding jewellery on, if you have it.
Often the best solution is just to keep the makeup on / hair in for a few hours, get a bit dressed up, and just get used to it. If you're in your comfies then suddenly adding bridal hair and makeup can look a bit out of place, so you need to imagine the full package.
Try to consider what it is that you don't like. Is it that you always have your hair down but have chosen an updo, are you wearing eyeliner and never normally do, does the shade of lip colour over power or is your hair parted in a different place? It could well be a really simple change. Ultimately talk to us. We want you to be happy and we want you to want us to do it.
9 times out of 10, the second trial will be an opportunity to nail it, and they usually will. Knowing what you don't want, actually makes life so much easier, than knowing what you think you do want. This way we can steer clear of those things that you hate.
But sometimes the artist you have chosen, just isn't the right fit for you. This isn't your fault and it isn't theirs. If you have booked via me, then this is when I come in. Give me a ring or drop me an email and I'll guide you through what your options are (of which there are plenty). I'll also listen to your concerns and will manage what the artist hears. You can be open with me, and I can let them down and provide constructive criticism, without upsetting them. I don't have the emotional attachment to the situation that you often will.
Just remember your concerns are valid, we would rather chat them through on a trial than receive a random cancellation without the chance to rectify them. At the end of the day we're best placed to get it right on a second go as we know what didn't work the first time. 🤷♀️
Just remember, this is all part of the journey to get you to the look you will love and cherish forever. And just like love, it's not always a journey that goes smoothly, be ready for the odd bump in the road and you can't go far wrong.
I hope this is helpful reading.