If you are tying the knot sometime soon, you've probably started plotting out your hair and makeup looks for your wedding day. Although you've probably already found a few stylists and makeup artists whose work you admire, there are some key questions to ask before making any commitments. We've compiled a list of must-asks for your beauty professionals—browse our guide and don't be afraid to ask, ask, ask before booking an appointment!
1. Will you do a trial run with me before my wedding?
Your beauty professionals should absolutely agree to a trial appointment before your wedding. The trial should take place at least a couple of months before the big day in case you don't work well together and you need to find a different hairstylist or makeup artist. Ask your professionals if they're willing to test out more than one look at the trial run, and find out when you will be expected to pay a deposit.
2. Do you want to see photos of hair and makeup looks I like? What about photos of my wedding dress, decor, venue or other inspiration?
To help hairstylists and makeup artists get a sense of the wedding style you want to achieve, ask if they'd like to see your pin boards before they begin plotting out your beauty look.
4. If I change my mind about my bridal beauty look, is there a charge for a re-trial?
You may fall in love with a hair or makeup look you've never seen before just a month before your wedding. Ask your stylists if they're open to doing re-trials if you change your mind and note whether or not they charge a fee.
5. Should I bring my veil/accessories to the trial? What if I don't have them yet?
If you've already picked out your big-day accessories, you'll want to bring them to your trials to find out how they fit in with your beauty look. Ask your hairstylist if they will show you how to attach and remove your veil or tiara at your trial. If you plan to purchase a headpiece but don't have it yet, ask your hairstylist if they have accessories you can borrow to get an idea of the overall look.
6. What kind of prep do I need to do before the trial? Before the wedding?
Your hairstylist may want you to have freshly washed hair; your makeup artist may want you to prime or moisturize your skin, or may want you to come fresh-faced. Be sure you find out what kind of preparation you need to do before your trial run and before your wedding, as they sometimes differ.
7. Are you familiar with my particular skin or hair type?
If you have sensitive skin, super curly hair, or any other beauty quirks that require a skilled professional, mention them to your hairstylist or makeup artist before booking a trial run. You’ll want to work with someone who knows their way around your hair or skin type.
8. What happens if you are ill or otherwise unable to make it to my wedding?
It happens: Professionals of all kinds can fall ill or face family emergencies that prevent them from being able to fulfill their roles on your big day. Ask your hairstylist and makeup artist if they have contingencies plans should an emergency arise; if they have backup artists who will fill in, ask to meet them before the wedding.
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