Practice makes perfect when it comes to wedding-day hair and makeup.

Practice makes perfect when it comes to wedding-day hair and makeup.

Beauty experts recommend scheduling trial runs with your hairstylist and make-up artist two or three weeks in advance to share your vision and experiment with different looks.

"Something might look great in your head or in a photo, but as soon as you see it on, you know what works," said Chantel Polascak, a Charles Penzone salon director.

A preview doesn't just give brides peace of mind-it also helps the professionals they're working with to estimate how much time they'll need to pencil in for beautification the day of the wedding.

Hair Dos
Share photos of styles you love with your stylist. The images will provide inspiration and ensure you're both on the same page. Sleek updos are a classic choice, but they aren't the only option. Experiment with a voluminous half-up, half-down style, loose ponytail or side-swept chignon for a modern look. Plan accordingly: Bridal hairstyles typically take 45 minutes to an hour to create. Wash your hair the day or night before. "Your hair tends to relax a little," Polascak said. "A little build-up is good." Wear a button-up shirt to keep your style intact. Bring your veil and any hair accessories (flowers, headbands, tiaras, etc.) to the salon. SKIN Secrets

Don't schedule a facial the same week of your big day. "Facials are meant to bring things to the surface, so you might have one or two blemishes," said Rachel Lordeaux, a makeup artist at Skin Perfect in Worthington. The same rule applies to waxing. Choose a foundation with a natural, matte finish and make sure the color is well-blended. Apply powder to control shine and don't skimp on blush, which always looks softer in photos, Lordeaux advises. Wear waterproof black mascara (even if you normally prefer brown). Lip color should be glossy, not matte. Stash a powder compact, lip liner and lipstick or gloss in your purse for touchups.