What Should I Do If I Don't Like My Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial?

hair and makeup trial etiquette

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As your wedding day gets closer, you'll want to book your hairstylist and makeup artist for a trial run-through. (Some couples schedule the beauty trial to coincide with the engagement photo session—that way, you'll be hair-and-makeup ready for the shoot!) But what happens if you're unhappy with the results of the trial? Should you try again, or look for another vendor? Our etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding hair and makeup questions in our daily post.

I wasn't happy with my wedding hair and makeup trial. Can I ask the makeup artist and hairstylist to do another trial for free, or should I just find someone else?

To have a successful hair-and-makeup trial, it's important to clearly communicate what you're looking for from the get-go—bring inspiration photographs and magazine tear sheets to help illustrate what you're talking about. And during the trial, it's important to speak up and ask for adjustments along the way, if what they're doing isn't quite working for you. Wedding makeup artists and hairstylists are total pros and know how to take direction, so it's up to you to pipe up (even if it may feel a bit awkward because you don't want to step on their toes!). In your case, going forward, it's impolite to request a second trial for free. If you think they will be able to nail it with a little more direction on your end, then offer to pay for a second trial (and maybe they'll offer a discounted rate). But if you feel it's just not the right fit, then it's smarter to part ways now and look for someone else.

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