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Leonardia
Dedicated June 2021

Makeup Trial

Leonardia, on July 13, 2020 at 11:20 AM Posted in Hair and Makeup 1 22

Just wanted to see, is anyone else having problems with scheduling trials for makeup before you book the artist? The few places I've been talking to seem surprised that I want to book a trial before signing a contract. Even when I let them know that I want to pay for a trial they still seem hesitant. Is that the norm? I just find it odd because you do tastings for food, you tour the venue, you try dresses on...so why would makeup be different?



(Full disclosure: I'm also pushing for trials before booking because most artists in my area don't have people that look like me in their online portfolios...so how can I trust you to color match lol)

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Latest activity by Leonardia, on July 14, 2020 at 11:34 AM
  • Margaret
    Master October 2020
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    Yes, trials are essentially a no-no right now. Most states have bans on cosmetologists applying makeup because you can't use a mask.

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  • Leonardia
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    Thanks! I do understand the mask requirements, but my issue came from some companies telling me they only do trials with contracted clients, which was odd to me lol
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  • Margaret
    Master October 2020
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    I can't really explain that, because most of the companies I've reached out too all offered trials first. Must be the area you're in?

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    Most places I contacted didn’t offer a trial first, they only did a trial closer to the wedding date. I booked based on reviews and recommendations.
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  • Leonardia
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    Ahhh possibly, I hope not though! I'll probably reach out to some more people and hopefully be able to book something further out, thank you for your input!
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  • Leonardia
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    Yea, I'm starting to think most places are going to be like that. I just get uncomfortable booking without seeing first. Makes me tempted to just do my own makeup lol
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  • Christina
    Dedicated January 2021
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    It's the norm in my area to book first and do a trial later. It is an odd way to go about things.

    If you can find some bride/wedding Facebook groups from your area you can ask about makeup artists working with your skin tone specifically and hopefully end up with some recommendations.

    My area is full of a lot of white makeup artists that appear to only be doing makeup on white women which seems odd.

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  • O
    Dedicated October 2020
    Osha ·
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    I think most MUA's have you book first then they will do the trial later. Maybe an option would be to just book with the MUA you're interested in and pay them what ever their normal fee is so that you can see if you like how she does your makeup.

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  • Leonardia
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    Thanks! Hopefully I can find a group on facebook to help find some options.

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  • Leonardia
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    That is true, I could just book a regular face appointment to see how they apply and match, I might have to do some investigating, thanks for the idea!

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  • Jmz
    Expert July 2022
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    The Philly area also only offered trials after a contract, but a lot had clauses that you can cancel after the trial if you didn't like it.
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  • Cheryl
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    If you're willing to pay for the trial, I don't see what the problem is, contract or not. If i'm a makeup artist and I know my work is good, regardless of skintone, then I'd be happy to have someone come in for trial, but I would also have to charge for my time and materials. Were they thinking you wanted free service? Or is that what you were trying to imply? I don't know so that's why I'm asking.

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  • Leonardia
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    Ahh, thats good to know!

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  • Leonardia
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    Leonardia ·
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    When I talk to them I've let them know I'm more than willing to pay for it since they do have to use materials and it takes time. It's honestly a roadblock I just wasn't expecting lol

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  • Cheryl
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    The girl, I don't know what's wrong with them. But I see that someone else made the suggestion I was going to make next and that was to just book an appointment. period. See what they're about and how they work and go from there.

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  • Leonardia
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    Yea, I'm thinking that might be the best way forward!

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  • MrsD
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    I contacted about 10 hair & makeup artists and all allowed trials before booking as long as I paid for them.

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  • Fany
    Devoted October 2021
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    Yes, I had the same issue. I'm highly considering going makeup free because of this. I never wear makeup anyway and only own a small tube of lip balm lol.
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  • Leonardia
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    Lol I feel you there!
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  • Mrs.a
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    IDK, I never really thought about scheduling a trial before booking a MUA because I’ve had such a hard time finding someone available for my date, so I went straight to booking one because no one was available. She was also recommended by a friend and professional who works in the industry so I feel I can trust her work.

    I can see it from your point of view wanting to make sure that you like their work before hiring them, but what if you schedule and do the trial, and by that point they no longer have your date available? I’m assuming they can’t hold a date without a deposit and a contract.

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