How I ensure a successful hair & makeup trial…

After having a quick chat over a nice cup of tea – I like to really get to know my client’s personal style to be able to conduct a successful hair, and or makeup trial.  Asking a client to show me any images of looks that have caught their eye, or by showing me a picture of their wedding gown and general look for flowers, really helps to gauge what I think they like and are drawn to.  Are they a classic soft feminine bride or a wild bohemian trailblazer?  Do they love the feel of a full face of makeup, or are they a minimal makeup kinda gal?

We’ve had a bullet-point sess and seen plenty of images.  What’s next?  Well, I firstly like to discuss what I think will suit the vibe of the day, realistic expectations (no one really likes this bit!)  And what colours and products I will use to achieve that look.  If the client is happy with all of this then I will begin.

After I have finished creating the design – I always get the client to have a good thorough look in the mirror, firstly in part-shade and then I allow my client to freely move around and see the makeup in a different light.  This is especially important if the wedding is going to be an outdoor ceremony, as often this will be in very contrasting lights.

As the trial is an open forum which I fully encourage, I get the client to tell me what they do and don’t like about the hair, and or makeup design.  This is SO important as often I won’t get it fully right the first time.  Something which is quite surprising to clients and which I feel isn’t fully discussed openly enough by professionals.  Sometimes I get it terrible wrong on the first attempt!  This can happen when a client has got a particular image in mind of exactly what they want, but reality versus the internet is often hard to swallow.  Also, whilst a client has been looking at different images and kind of knows what they want – the trial is the first time we would have met and so I need to get into your head and pluck out your hidden ideas.  Bear with me though as I will get it right next time!

But how do I do this if a second trial isn’t an option?  Well I rely on good old fashion notes!  By noting down how the client’s skin reacts to makeup application and what suits them best, along with the different products I have used provides a clear client history.  And after the client has advised of preferences, or changes to the design it all goes into the note book for next time.

So don’t panic if your first trial hasn’t gone to plan!  Trust me, next time it will be bang on groovy x