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5 Essential Bridal Makeup & Hair Trial Tips

While the venue, your dress, the florist, DJ, etc. are all important elements in the organizing of your beautiful wedding day, it's also crucial to take the time to plan out and trial your wedding hair and makeup. I understand how much time and energy goes into the prep for your wedding day. But as a bridal hair and makeup artist, I cannot mention enough the importance of a bridal wedding trial enough. After all, you wouldn't book a photographer without first checking his or her portfolio, would you? The same should go for any hair and makeup artist(s) you use on your wedding day.

It gives the bride and her artist the opportunity to get to know one another. It's the perfect chance for the bride to evaluate the make up look, and also gives a good impression on how well we will work together to match the timing and mood of the big day. This is the time when the bride can share her vision and her hair and makeup preferences, so that she feels 100% confident on her wedding day. It also allows me to get familiar with the bride's facial contours, skin texture, hair type, etc. Trialing your bridal look takes away a possible source of stress on the big day, as you will know exactly the look you are getting beforehand.


The wedding trial allows the bride to adjust and perfect her final look beforehand.


This might be finding the right eye look, whether we do a winged liner or we dont; determining whether or not the bride wants to wear false lashes, if they are weightless and comfortable for her; testing out the longevity of the hair and makeup. Ironing out those details during the wedding trial allows the bride to be confident that she is going to look and feel her absolute best on her most cherished day.


If you decide you'd like to book a wedding trial with Alfheim, it's always smart to come prepared with a little bit of research. Whether it's sharing a board on Pinterest, or taking screenshots of a couple of Instagram looks, coming in with a vision will help your artist visualize your final look, and is also a great icebreaker!



1. Time! Wedding day schedules tend to be pretty tight, so knowing exactly what look is desired and how long it takes to create it can save a lot of valuable time, and you are welcome to relax and have a hot drink instead of think about how the makeup is looking.


2. What's your style? This isn't the time to go overboard with something new that will drastically change your look-- Bear in mind that the photos will be in your family for years and years. I always try to make sure that I have a clear picture of your event and your personal style. If you send me a message about booking a trial, you are welcome to include any of the details below:

The Location of Your Wedding: Are you having a wedding in City Hall or a wedding in a church near the Beach up North?

Your Dress: Send a photo if possible!

How much makeup do you normally wear? Everyday and/or when you go out?



3. Do's and Don'ts I have discovered that many bride-to-be's are looking for at least some guidance from me as their stylist, when it comes to their wedding look. Some brides have a good idea and some have not been styled by an artist before and want to leave it up to me to create their perfect look. It is part of your stylist’s job to help you figure that out. Even if you are on the inexperienced side, you might have something that you absolutely do or absolutely do not want when it comes to your hair and makeup. Maybe you know for sure that you don’t want red lipstick or that you do want to wear eyeliner. Maybe you absolutely have to have fullness to your hair or maybe you know that no matter what, you don’t want to wear your hair in a bun. Whatever it is, make sure that I knows your "absolutes"!


4. Send Pictures to Communicate! Pictures are a good way to clearly let me know your desired style and your likes and dislikes. We can start the trial by having a coffee or tea and looking over and discussing the images you have prepared ot show me. Bear in mind though that everyone has different hair and every look is going to be different on everyone. If you bring photos (even if they are similar to your own face or hair), they should be considered "inspiration" not "instruction", it is best to use them to show the different features of particular makeup looks or hairstyles that you love (or don't love), not as an exact blueprint for what you want, which may be unrealistic. If you need a little help creating a style that needs a little bit more volume or length, you can consider adding clip in extensions!


Beautiful Elena, for her City hall Wedding. Styling by Tina Alfheim


5. Be Prepared! When preparing for your hair and makeup trial make sure that your face is clean of makeup with a decent layer of moisturizer. If you are coming to your trial directly from somewhere else and you don’t have time to go home and wash your face, it is a good idea to take your own moisturizer with you just in case. If you are also having a hair trial, you should wash and blowdry your hair in the morning or the night before.


I hope that these tips will help you to have a fun and successful bridal hair and makeup trial! You are always welcome to give me a call on my Whatsapp for any questions regarding styling in Copenhagen.


My Whatsapp number is: 004748203049


Thank you to my wonderful photographer who contributed to this blog post; Elena Belevantseva www.belevantseva.com

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