When To Book Hair And Makeup For Wedding

When To Book Hair & Makeup For A Wedding: Full Guide

Last Updated on February 24, 2024 by Kimberlee Johnson

When preparing for your ideal wedding, there are many choices to be made, with one crucial area being your hair and makeup.

As someone who has gone through the wedding planning process, I know how important it is to get your bridal look right. 

Today, I’ll share my experience and give you practical advice on when to book hair and makeup for a wedding. 

Whether you’re a bride-to-be or a helpful bridesmaid, get ready to discover the secrets to a stress-free and beautiful wedding day.

When Should You Book Hair & Makeup For The Wedding?

Make up Artist applying Foundation on a Woman

When planning for your big day, it’s important to book your hair and makeup professionals roughly six months to one year before the big day.

That way, you’ll have a wider selection and more time to discuss your style with them and ensure you feel confident with the final look. 

Additionally, an earlier booking will give the professionals plenty of time to customize a look for you that represents your unique style and personality. 

Find out when you can book a wedding venue here.

Should You Do A Trial Run Before Booking A Makeup Artist?

If you’ve decided to book a makeup artist for your wedding, it’s best to schedule a trial run approximately 6-8 weeks before the big day. 

Doing a trial allows you and the makeup artist to work together and explore how different looks can highlight your natural beauty and fit with what you have in mind. 

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” 

Yves Saint Laurent, French Fashion Designer

This time also helps build trust and allows you to make adjustments, provide feedback, and let the artist know what you love or want to be changed. 

A trial run ensures that you are completely comfortable with the look on your special day and won’t have any surprises.

How Important Is A Makeup Trial Before A Wedding?

A makeup trial before a wedding is a must because it’s the chance for brides to define their look on their special day – deciding what styles, colors, and techniques will look best for them.

Secondly, it’s possible to make tweaks during the trial, so there are no surprises or disappointments on the big day. 

Lastly, the trial is a good opportunity to ensure the chosen makeup [1] stays in place all day. This way, the bride can feel confident she will look great throughout the wedding.

How Long Does A Trial For Wedding Makeup Last?

On average, a bride’s makeup trial will take one hour and forty-five minutes to 2 hours. 

It allows the bride and makeup artist to discuss her preferences, explore different looks and products, and customize the makeup to get the desired result. 

The length of the trial may vary based on the intricacy of the style, any modifications that need to be done, and how precise the makeup needs to be. 

How Long Should A Makeup Session Last?

Person Applying Lipstick on a Woman

Generally, a standard makeup application can last around 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. 

Remember that the time spent on a makeup session can vary based on the desired look, the artist’s level of expertise, and the reason for the appointment. 

“Let your hair and makeup be the crowning glory of your wedding day. Secure your artists in advance, and bask in the confidence of timeless beauty.”

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Communicate with the makeup artist beforehand so you know how long the session should last and have time to prepare for other commitments.

Also Read: How Far In Advance Must Wedding Cakes Be Ordered?

What To Do Before Going To Your Makeup Appointment?

  1. Clean Your Face: Arrive with a clean and moisturized face. This helps the makeup artist start with a fresh canvas, ensuring the best results.
  2. Avoid Sunburn: If you’ll spend time in the sun before your appointment, use sunscreen. Sunburn can make your skin sensitive and may affect the makeup application.
  3. Moisturize: Apply a lightweight moisturizer [2] suitable for your skin type to hydrate and prep your skin. It helps create a smooth base for makeup application.
  4. Wear a button-down or loose-fitting shirt: To avoid messing up your freshly done makeup, it is advisable to wear a button-down or loose-fitting shirt that can easily be removed without pulling it over your head.


Should you give tips at makeup trials?

It is generally polite to tip your makeup artist at a trial, just as you would for a full-service appointment. But how much do you tip a wedding makeup artist?

What should you wear to your makeup appointment?

When going to your makeup appointment, wearing a strapless or off-shoulder top, button-down shirt, or a top with a wide or low neckline is best to avoid messing up your makeup when you change clothes later. 

How does wedding makeup last all day?

The key to achieving a long-lasting wedding makeup look is to make your skin nourished and hydrated. 

You can do that before having makeup, ensuring that the makeup will sit on your skin evenly. 

Bottom Line

Timing is key when booking your hair and makeup professionals for your wedding. Drawing from my experience, I recommend securing their services roughly six months to a year in advance. 

It allows you ample time to research and find the perfect artists who align with your vision. Remember to schedule a trial run about 6-8 weeks before the big day. 

This trial allows you to experiment, make adjustments, and ensure everything is perfect when walking down that aisle. 

Following these guidelines will alleviate unnecessary stress and guarantee a flawless and enchanting bridal look. 


Kimberlee Johnson
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