How to get the most out of your wedding hair and make-up trials

We all know that we should book wedding hair and make-up trials before the big day, but what exactly is involved? Katie Bletcher finds out…

Bride having her wedding hair and make-up trial


Once you’ve chosen your hair and beauty pros (our Scottish hair + beauty wedding suppliers section in the online directory is an ideal place to start your search), check their availability and book a trial.

Heather at Circles Bridal Hair & Makeup advises booking your trial four to six months before the big day as your hair and skin aren’t going to change too much within that timescale.


Give yourself a head start. Kerry from Kerry Anne Bridal Hair recommends switching to a silicone-free shampoo and conditioner to reduce excess weight and product build up, leaving you ready for any style.


Hair and make-up trials are great fun, so don’t go it alone. Bring a bridesmaid or mum with you; make sure it’s someone who will give you honest feedback without being too pushy!


Go to your trial wearing something similar to the colour of your wedding dress, says Sharon from Make Up by Sharon Cuthbert. If you can’t do that, then go home and hold something against you of a similar colour. It really helps you to visualise the final look.


While you may know the finer details of your wedding gown, your glam squad won’t, so Mandy at Hair Ups asks her brides to bring in a picture of her dress. She also says to bring along any hair pieces, tiaras or veils so that she can try a few options.

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There’s no point in asking for a natural look if you’re found 24/7 in heavy khol, so make sure you have some idea of what you’re after. Alana at Alana McCrae Makeup advises her brides to look through her page for ideas that they like. Communication is key!


Moodboards can be a great help so that your MUA or hair stylist knows what you like. Make-up artist Natalie Mackenzie thinks this is a great idea, but suggests also keeping an open mind and listening to the professional, who’ll be able to tell you what will make you look best.


Even the most seemingly natural bridal make-up looks can get a real boost from false lashes, and your trial is the perfect time to give them a whirl.

Lesley of Pamper and Polish always carries her own stock, but if you have a favourite brand then she’s happy to apply those. If you’re not keen on falsies, Lesley recommends a lash tint of LVL lash treatment, which lifts the natural lashes from the roots.


Your hair trial is similarly the perfect time to discuss whether or not hair extensions are required. These can make a big difference whilst being very discreet.

Bride getting her hair done on the morning of her wedding

IMAGE | Struve Photography


We’ve all been guilty of enthusing about how gorgeous our new hairdo looks while crying inside. However, now is not the time for niceties.

Kirsty of Kirsty MacPherson Hair and Makeup Artist says that she wants her brides to be honest with her. Don’t leave your trial until you’re happy; give the professional the chance to solve the problem there and then and let them know exactly what you’re looking for.


Once you’re happy with your finished w-day look, it’s time to make a big day plan and figure out timings.

This is important, especially if you have bridesmaids and mother of the bride to fit in. Your hair and make-up artist will be able to advise you on how much time you’ll need, but make sure you have all the details of the day at hand.


Don’t be surprised if you leave your trial with a shopping list.

Natalie Mackenzie advises brides to buy the lipstick decided on in the trial to have on hand for touch ups during the day. Sharon Cuthbert also recommends products for brides concerned about shine such as blotting tissues or translucent setting powder which she’ll teach them how to apply.



Some top picks for wedding hair and make-up, from prep to on-the-day!

bridal beauty products for hair and make-up | 1. Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day setting spray (£16) | 2. Reverie sulphate-free shampoo (£31) | 3. Benefit Hoola matte bronzing powder (£25.50)

4. Huda Beauty Giselle eyelashes (£12.50) | 5. Illamasqua Beyond Veil primer (£34) | 6. Ouai Haircare oily scalp supplement (£26)

7. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk (£24 – matching Pillow Talk Lip Cheat lip liner also available)

8. Illamasqua powder blusher in Lover (£23) | 9. Blotterazzi by Beautyblender Pro (£17) |


Ready for your wedding hair or make-up trial?

Read reviews of fabulous Scottish wedding hair + make-up professionals in our online directory!