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Wedding beauty: To trial or not to trial, that is the question

By Andrea Claire · September 19, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


Image source: Soo Kee Jewellery / photography: Tommy Morris / hair & makeup: Andrea Claire (aka: Moi)

The Bridal Beauty Breakdown

Often I receive email requests for prices of my bridal packages; a fair question as some artists have packages; I don't. My rates are pretty black and white. I have rates for brides whether you want me to follow you around all day touching you up like a Princess or just hit & split - getting you dolled up once and then you kick me (and my sense of humour) out of your salle de beaute.

Before you commit to an artist and/or a trial ponder this:

Are bridal trials free? *sigh* No, they are not free. I have heard that many bridal artists don't charge for trials; this does not fall within my artist peer group; in fact, I don't know of any hair & makeup artists who do not charge for trials. But, in my opinion, generally I find trials to be a waste of time and money. Read on...

Before you embark on the cost and time of a trial, decide what is your end game.

Are you uncertain about the hairstyle? Up? Down? 1/2 up? In this case, I recommend while in your dress fitting you do a quick snap of 1/2 up, all down and all up; this gives you the idea of what looks best with you and your gown's neckline. If this doesn't help you then a trial may be in order.

Smoky eye or bare eye with a red lip or wing-tip liner? Princess for the day should still have you recognizing the face in the mirror - so think, you only a little more glamorous not: Holy crap who is this Glamazon staring back at me?! If this doesn't help you then a trial may be in order.

 Images various works of mine as seen in: You & Your Wedding (UK), Style Weddings (Singapore), Wedding & Travel (Singapore)  

Are you testing out the hair & makeup artist? Since many editorial artists have an established style and extensive portfolio you would be hiring them for a combo of their resumes and style and of course kits with high end products. But, if this doesn't help you then a trial may be in order.

Do you want to make sure you like your artist? Sure, you want to be the only Diva for the day but don't you already have a BFF? You aren't going to pillow fight with your makeup artist, so as long as she is professional, who cares if you are going to have giggle fits together or not. But, If this doesn't help you then a trial may be in order.

A pre-wedding (free) consultation may only be what you need. A quick pow-wow on what you like and don't like for your special day. Generally, most artists don't charge for a consult. Ask questions, peruse their portfolios.

Repeat after me: But, If this doesn't help you then a trial may be in order.

Apres the trial:

You're all dolled up; now what? When I do a bridal trial I like to suggest that after, you take in a little night on the town or perhaps book your trial when you have an engagement party. Adjust the hair and makeup a little so you aren't giving away the big reveal before the wedding day.

*I have heard that some artists will do half your face... I kinda don't understand this nor do I recommend it. How can you tell if you like it with only half a face? Commit to your trial. If you are booking a trial - book a trial. You will never be partially pregnant - don't be partially made up.

Beauty Checklist

Brides-to-be need to be prepared. Over time collect a file folder of hair and makeup that you love and that you don't love to bring to your trial and/or consultation. Both sides of the love/hate spectrum shows your hair & makeup artist(s) your style.

Step out of the box a little. While you don't want to look into the mirror and shriek 'Who the hell heck is that??' you need to look better than say hanging out at Sbux with your G-friends.

Ask your artist what to tote for your touchup kit. Hairpins, lipstick, purse size hairspray, tissues, blot film etc

I know I said I feel that trials are a waste of your money but that being said upfront - if you want to book a trial with me I am happy to do it and I will even snap photos and take notes for your big day.

In Singapore? Me, Andrea Claire (ps: I am Canadian)

Other beauty peeps I love:

In Canada - Check out my bridal beauty friends at the Jackie Gideon Beauty Bar

In New York - Patrick Melville Salon

In Austin - Rae Cosmetics


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