Bridal Trials

What are they and do I need one?

You’ve chosen your artist for a reason…because you love the look of their work.  Out of all the businesses listed on Google, the multitude of makeup artists on social media, the recommendations from family and friends, you’ve narrowed down your choice and you believe they are the right artist for you. 

Here’s a few things to consider if you’re thinking about having a trial:

  1. Getting to know each other – Trials are a great way for the artist and bride to get to know each other face to face.  Are these the people and personalities that you want with you on your wedding day?

  2. The finer details – An opportunity to discuss your wedding in detail.  The dress, location, timings, photographer, celebrant, flowers and just generally how the bride should expect the morning to run.

  3. Putting your hair and/or skin to the test – As artists, we can only choose products based on the information you provide us.  It’s a way for us to trial the best products on your hair and skin and ultimately get the absolute best result on your wedding day.  When we use the word trial, it’s not about our skills being put to the test, it’s actually seeing what will suit you best and how it performs over the course of the day.

  4. Understanding what you want – make sure you have a clear idea of what look you’d like to achieve. If you really have no idea, then let your artists best advise you.  If you have pale skin, then don’t choose inspiration images that portray a highly bronzed look. Don’t choose images of beautiful blonde up-styles if you have dark brown hair – all that beautiful detail is not as present in darker hair.  Don’t choose a model with huge big eyes and loads of lid space, when your eyes are hooded.  You will not get the same effect.

  5. You never wear makeup – if you are an absolute non-wearer of makeup, then it’s probably a good idea to have a trial.  Whilst the most natural of looks can be created, having dimension and colour added to your face can still be a little overwhelming.  I often find that once people continue to look at themselves in the mirror, the more and more they love their new look.

  6. Valuing others opinions –if you are someone who really values your mums or best friend’s opinion, then discuss your choices with them and bring them to the trial with you.  My studio is small; however, I can accommodate two additional guests.
  7. When – we generally suggest you contact us 12 months in advance to check availability for your wedding day. Don’t wait to the last minute. Wedding plans for some are commencing 2 years prior. The actual trial can then take place between 3-6 months prior to your big day.

Whilst we do our absolute best to ensure everything is perfect at your trial, you may not walk away with the look that will be created on your wedding day.   

Details can be changed.  So, if you specifically asked for a winged liner and hate it, don’t be afraid to say “I’d like that changed on my wedding day”.  Don’t rush off and have a trial with another artist because of one minor detail.

And lastly, please remember whilst you are ‘trialling’ our service, you are not putting our skills ‘on trial’. We are industry professionals and have been working with brides for many years. So just sit back, relax, try not to keep looking in the mirror and let us create your perfect look.

Feel free to read all of our wonderful reviews from the “Real Melbourne Brides” we’ve worked with.

Until next time…

Jane xo

Avalon Castle Styled Wedding Shoot 7.12.16



When I was invited back by Wedding Services Melbourne to do hair and makeup for another styled shoot, I of course jumped at the opportunity.  I was super excited when the location was revealed.  Avalon Castle in Cockatoo, Victoria.

Who knew a Castle only an hour or so from Melbourne’s CBD even existed.

As I was driving through the beautiful hills of Emerald into Cockatoo, I knew it was going to be a great day. The sun was shining and I was working at a Castle (like who does that!!) with  other amazing wedding suppliers.

The estate Avalon Castle is situated on is just breathtaking.  It truly was a Castle, tucked away in Melbourne’s beautiful South East.  The Castle boasts medieval styled architecture, a chapel with stained glass windows, grassed tiered outdoor amphitheatre, luxurious dining area, and stunning accommodation for the bride and groom.

I worked with some familiar faces again, and also a few new ones.  Everyone on the shoot was so friendly and down to earth and having the upmost professionalism and dedication to their craft.

Location | Avalon Castle

Hair + Makeup | Ava Jane Hair & Makeup Artistry

Photography | Amanda Kilbourn Photography

Dress | Thafnis Dress Making & Alterations

Shoot Organiser | Wedding Services Melbourne

DJ | Matt Jefferies Entertainment

Jewellery | Valerene Bespoke Jewellery

Flowers | Floral by Design

Videography | Post Film Productions

Cake | Langfords Patisserie

Celebrant | Sharon Kershaw – Civil Celebrant

A few highlights on the day were seeing our stunning faux bride emerging in her handmade princess gown by Thafnis Dress Making.  Also to our event organiser Matt Jefferies of Wedding Services Melbourne who bought along a dry ice machine.  Watching the smoke pour from the machine onto the dance floor, surrounding our bride and groom was mesmerising.

For this shoot I kept the makeup natural, fresh and glowing, bringing out all of our models best features.  Our beautiful bride Nola has the most amazing skin, so why cover that up!  We used soft purple and grey tones on her eyes and a one of my favourite lip colours MAC Viva Glam V.  For Nola’s hair, I curled it all first to create body and texture. Then it was put up into an elegant chignon, allowing the backless gown to shine.  One of the products I used in Nola’s hair was Batiste Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray.  It adds volume to limp hair and creates a gritty texture on the hair shaft, allowing you to create beautiful full styles.

A huge thank you to Matt once again for organising such an amazing day, and an extra special thank you to Amanda Kilbourn Photography.  The amount of work Amanda puts into each and every photo is amazing.  It’s always exiting receiving a file filled with stunning photos.

Jane xoxo