Big Picture

BE YOURSELF: Your hair and makeup look should simply be a more polished version of you. "Don't venture off too far from you," said Genevieve Francia, hair training depart­ment coordinator for The Charles Penzone Family of Sa­lons. "You want to look back at the pictures and say 'I look pretty. I look like myself.' "

Hair

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Wear your practice hairstyle for an entire day. "This lets you see if you like the way it feels, and if it holds well," Francia said. Also, consider taking pictures of your hair­style with your wedding dress on to see if you like the over­all look. Plan on scheduling the dry-run appointment up to two months before the big day, Francia recommended, to allow time for changes if necessary.

Makeup

BE PICKY: Start looking for a makeup artist six months in advance. Columbus makeup artist MelissaRoshan advises brides to check samples from at least two makeup artists and schedule trial sessions with each to decide who is best. She suggests finding pictures in bridal magazines of makeup you like-and don't like-on models whose hair color and skin tone mir­rors yours. "A good makeup artist understands applying makeup that is flawless for photography purposes, but still being able to make you look natural," she said.

Waxing

KNOW YOUR BODY: Discuss hair removal options with your stylist far in advance, suggested Spa at River Ridge Manager Rhonda Dant. From simple procedures such as brows and lips to more-intense bikini or Brazil­ian waxes, try each well in advance to know how your body will react.

Lashes

GO GLAM: "We've found a lot of brides think ahead and start extreme lashes," said Jena Skowronski of The Charles Penzone Salons. This is a semi-permanent eyelash extension, applied lash-by-lash, that naturally wears off with your eyelashes.

Photo by: Will Shilling