We looked after the lovely Aoife Bannon from The Sun newspaper for her trial and her Wedding day. Here is what she had to say about the service.

“Apart from choosing ‘The Dress’, wedding hair and make-up has to be one of the most important things to think about when it comes to your big day.

Let’s face it, unless it all goes drastically wrong, you’re going to be looking at those pictures for a long, long time.

No one wants to look back and regret their garish lipstick or bouffant hairdo they wore when they tied the knot.

So getting these things right is important.

And the rules that apply to anything in life apply to hair and make-up: fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

That might sound a little dramatic but it’s true.

If you don’t get a trial done, you have no idea how it’s going to turn out on the big day.

That’s why it’s so important to meet with the hair stylist and make-up artist who will be helping you on the morning of your wedding.

You might think you know your stuff – we all do our own make-up, right? – but you don’t know how it will photograph and you probably aren’t a good judge of whether the style you want works well with your overall theme.

I went into my make-up trial with former MAC make-up artist and Pucker founder Louise Dunne with an idea of what I wanted.

I thought dewy skin – like I had seen on a flawless model – would be perfect for my wedding day. After seeing it on me, I realised that wasn’t a look that suited my skin type or suited the kind of eye makeup I wanted to wear.

Thankfully, Louise was there to guide me through some other options and test out different looks until we got it right. I dread to think of how much I would have panicked if I’d got it that wrong on the morning of the wedding! 

Similarly, I had a hair trial with Tori Keane in which we went through four different hairstyles that I thought would look good. After seeing them all – Tori made sure to take lots of pictures from every angle – I quickly realised that the look I wanted wasn’t quite what looked good on me.

Doing your wedding trial is also a great way to get to know the person who will be working with you on the wedding morning. It’s a busy and hectic day so it’s good to make sure that you get along with the people who will be spending that time with you. Tori and Louise both put me immediately at ease and I know I can trust them to make sure I look my best on the day.

The most important thing I learnt from the trials is that the professionals provided by Pucker won’t make you look like Jessica Alba, or whichever star you want them to morph you into.

Instead, they’ll make you look like the best version of yourself. 

And really, that’s all any bride can hope for.


1) Bring lots of pictures of make-up ideas and hair styles that you want.

2) Have pictures of your dress so that you can show your beauty professional the overall theme you are going for.

3) If possible, do your trial before a night out so you can how it lasts.

4) Speak up if you’re not happy. There’s no point in doing a trial if you’re not going to say how you really feel about the make-up or hair. Remember, now is the time to get it wrong – not on the wedding day!

5) Take lots of pictures of every look from every different angle. It’s amazing how different a picture can look compared to what you see in the mirror.

6) Trust the experts. You may think you know your stuff but remember that Pucker’s team are all trained professionals and know what they’re talking about. If they tell you a red lippie is a bad idea, take it on board.

7) Remember you’re not Angelina Jolie. No matter how good your makeup artist is, they can’t – nor do they want to – make you look like someone else.”

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