To ensure your big day flows easily, and to make any changes, trials are a great way to see how beautiful you will look in advance. These can take place one month to 2 weeks prior. Usually only the bride decides to have a trial but sometimes the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids also request a trial. The trial cost is the same as the charge on the day.Look at pictures of make-up and hair styles that appeal to you and send it to [email protected]
It will give me a good idea of what your style is and preparations can be done accordingly. I like my brides to arrive at the trial with their veil, and/or hair accessories so that we can ensure that everything is perfect. No last minute surprises, yes there can be!
The trial gives both you as the bride, and me as the artist the opportunity to get to know each other and this creates a calm atmosphere on the wedding day; so yes, I suggest having a trial is a good idea”!
Make sure your trial is booked between 9:00-16:00 in the day as I need the best light possible. When you book your trial, I suggest to have it on the same day as a dress-fitting. Then you can put the desired look together and get even more excited for your special day.
Have your hair clean and washed the night before. Rather use a professional shampoo from a salon. Some cosmetic shampoos coat the hair with silicone and curls won’t stay as long. Make sure you do not put an elastic band in your hair before you arrive for your trial. The best is to just wet your hair in the morning and blow dry as per normal with your hair hanging forward. If you will be using any hairpieces/flowers in your style, then this is always ascertained at the trial appointment.
Exfoliate your skin the night before with a good enzyme exfoliator.
Please make sure you book for a brow shape before your trial, as makeup does not take on a waxed area straight afterwards. Most people go quite red when their brows get shaped and that will influence the look of the makeup.
To bring with:
- Your checklist of what you DO NOT want.
- Have in mind what your fiancé likes and dislike.
- 3 hours of your time.
- A camera/phone to take pictures.
- If you only feel comfortable with one lip colour, make sure it is in your handbag.
- Your veil, if possible.
- A clean face. If you can, please arrive at the studio without any makeup; not even mascara.
Look at pictures of makeup and hair styles that appeals to you and send it to [email protected]. I will then have a good idea of what you want and can do preparations accordingly. Also send me a rough idea of the look and feel of your wedding and also your dress, so we can do the style of your hair and makeup accordingly.
With 16 years of experience I normally suggest that you do not bring too many people along to the trial because of too many opinions and if you do not have something specific in mind and everyone gives their likes and dislikes you end up being confused and emotional. I will assist to get the perfect style for you!
Looking forward to spend this exciting time with you!
Trials are done at my house in Somerset West or the location you would prefer. Transport fee will be applicable.
A deposit of 50% is charged to secure your day. The deposit can be done electronically and confirmed by proof of payment. Please note, deposits are non-refundable.
Unfortunately not, we work on first deposit paid system.
R5.50/km from Somerset West
Timing for the wedding day is arranged at the trial. Who is having what and when, with the option for change of course where possible.
The make up takes a minimum of thirty minutes per person for the bridal party. Hair can take about fifty to sixty minutes per person depending on the style chosen.I need two hours for the bride’s hair and makeup.
I like to have the bride finished third out of a four party wedding so she can dress and prepare. The bridesmaid chosen to help her getting dress should be done first or second.
To ensure you get to your ceremony venue in a calm state, hair and makeup should be done at least 60min prior the start of your wedding.
The wedding days that I have been involved in have always been calm and happy – because they are well planned.
I recommend brides book 9-12 months in advance, especially between September-May. The day is then confirmed and they can relax.
The trial can be booked 1 month to two weeks before the time.
If cancelled within 24 hours of the trial appointment then the trial fee is payable.
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Madeleen stood out from the rest. In today’s world- where things are ruled by the internet and email, she took the time to call me and make personal contact. Something about Madeleen’s emails, phone calls, brochure and website made me feel very at ease.. She understood exactly what I wanted and we chatted like old friends. I am so thankful that I chose Madeleen to be a part of my most special day! - Amy van Niekerk
Ek wil ook net van die geleentheid gebruik maak om vir jou dankie te sê vir jou baie professionele diens wat jy gelewer! My hare en grimering was puik en het my so spesiaal laat voel. Jy was stiptelik en georganiseerd Jy het met jou saggeaarde benadering en geselsies my so op my gemak laat voel. Ek sal jou verseker aanbeveel! Dankie ook vir behandelings en pamperlang!Bo alles wil ek dankie sê dat jy my lewe gekruis het op so n spesiale tyd en dat ek nog vriendin bygekry het! Elouise Vivier
Madeleen is ‘n baie profesionele skoonheidsterapeut. Sy het ‘n kalmerende invloed op al haar kliente en laat elke klient op haar gemak voel. Op my troue het ek soos ‘n prinses gevoel en dit is grootliks aan Madeleen te danke. Dis ook baie lekker om saam met haar te werk. Sy luister presies wat die klient wil he en maak jou droom ‘n werklikheid. Dis werklik ‘n fees om saam met haar te werk. Celeste Oliver
Tydens my “trial” het ek tjoepstil gesit en kon nie wag om die eind resultate te sien nie. Toe Madeleen my draai dat ek in die spieel kan kyk was my reaksie “WOW”!!! Van my hare tot by my grimering was alles perfek tot op die laaste “detail”. Madeleen stiptelik daar met haar vriendelike en sagte geaardheid! Alles was weereens perfek! Wat vir my wonderlik was is die feit dat die grimering so lank gehou het. “Madeleen, Dit was die beste besluit gewees om jou te kies! Philine Strauss
I just want to thank you again for doing Ginette’s and the bridesmaids’ hair and make up and my hair as well. Ginette really looked too beautiful and happy. I did not even want her to wear her veil long as her hairdo really looked stunning. Thank you! Anni Tregoning (mother of the bride)
Even though I didn’t really have a clear idea of what I wanted you very helpful in guiding me, by asking simple questions. After the trial, I was ecstatic,it looked exactly like I wanted, in fact, even better than I had thought possible!
On the morning of the wedding, I was fairly nervous, but Madeleen took my mind off all the craziness! She is very professional, yet very relaxed at the same time. We had a good chat while she was busy – it felt like it was my sister! Jolene van Wyk
Ons almal wil net weereens baie dankie se dat jy ons Saterdag so pragtig laat lyk het!!! Die troue het baie mooi verloop en Rochelle het ongelooflik pratig gelyk. Yvonne van Niekerk
Wil weereens vir jou dankie se vir jou moeite om my dag spesiaal te maak. Jy is ongelooflik goed in jou werk, vriendelik en baie professioneel. Chantelle Swanepoel
Madeleen renders a service that is not only professional, but also personal. She is a warm-hearted person, that makes you feel at ease from the first time you meet her. She has a passion for what she does and it shows in her way of doing things. Despite her busy schedule, she always made me feel as if I were her only client and number one priority. My hair and make up was perfect. High quality and professionalism, complimented with a special personal touch of warmth. Maryna van Wyk
Ek het van Madeleen gehoor by ‘n vriendin wie se troue ek ook bygewoon het. Toe ek die natuurlike aanwending en die gevoel van my vriendin, Michelle se hare en grimering sien, het ek dadelik geweet dat ek Madeleen wil gebruik en ek was nie teleurgesteld nie. Ek kan werklik getuig dat Madeleen se werk haar passie is en sy het my so op my gemak gehad terwyl sy gewerk het, dat tyd vinnig verbygesnel het. Madeleen is professioneel en stort haar persoonlike touches ook in elke bruid se dag! Grethe
Madeleen is an absolute perfectionist and an extremely talented bridal make up artist and hair stylist. Extremely warm-natured, and we chatted non-stop during the trial and I felt like I had known her for years. On my big day, I felt extremely comfortable in her hands as she worked with extreme concentration. I loved all the products she used on me, and I have actually bought some of them since. I personally think that my make up looked flawless in the professional photos. Charisse Orford
Meeting you plus our chats felt really special, as if it had to be like this, as if it was not just a coincidence… as if God was at work here! Thank you so much for guiding me to our special day, I felt great and Madeleen I can still remember the moment I walked into the Chapel, thank you for this! Thank you for your listening ear, your patience and giving me confidence! My skin starts to look way better and I have hope it will be soon fine again! Margeret Heurkens
Sjoe waar begin mens om my ervaring te beskryf. Om dit in 1 woord op te som, kan mens nie anders as om te sê “onbeskryflik” nie. Nog voor ek my kerk of rok gehad het, was Madeleen al bespreek. Ek het dood seker gemaak sy is beskikbaar die dag wat ons trou. My one stop salon vir my naels, facials, waxes, relaxations, hare en grimering. Toe ek myself in die spieël sien, was my asem weggeslaan. Anje Boshoff
You are wonderful and talented! I looked stunning. It wasn't only your skill that impressed me and my bridal party but also the fact that you really care as if you are a best friend. I had a difficult time before my wedding and you made such a difference; I'll never forget the experience. You went out of your way for me - Marna Louw
A 1000 thank you's will never do for what I owe you. You went out of your way to serve me! Thank you! I felt beautiful and confident, a true bride. Compliments to your professionalism, quality products and personal touch. Truffles in our room... wow. Madeleen, I especially value the consultations beforehand, your trusted advice and trained opinion. I wish you well and know that I truly appreciate your share in making our wedding day a perfect day!
I must thank YOU!!!! I LOVED my makeup and hair... Just divine... You made me feel like a real princess!! Thanks for being so accommodating and just helping to make it such a special day for me! I have already started referring clients to you for make up and hair for weddings! Wouldn't recommend another soul!!! You are so talented!
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