Your Bridal Beauty Countdown

Jackie Mantey
Katelyn Beale gets a spritz of hairspray at Mandarin Salon before her wedding.

This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published June 2019.

Getting the picture-perfect wedding look doesn’t happen in a day—let alone on The Big Day. In fact, many salons and spas have entire teams dedicated to helping brides and their wedding parties get hair, skin and face routines set well in advance of the vows.

Taira Benner, owner and operator of J Bentley Hair Studio & Day Spa in Powell, and two beauty pros at PENZONE Salon + Spa Dublin—esthetician and makeup artist Sophia Garza and senior director/hair artist Blake Caudill—gave us their top tips for your wedding-day timeline.

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Hair: “Work toward getting closer to the color and cut that you desire for the wedding. Depending on style and thickness, test out some extensions if it’s needed for fuller looks.” —Caudill

“Being a bigger salon that can accommodate large bridal parties makes us really popular, so we fill up rather quickly. Getting the hair just right is crucial, and it’s more than taking an image or vision the bride has and duplicating it. It’s finding out what is drawing her to those images.” —Benner

Skin:  “Talk to your esthetician and get a skin evaluation; that way, you can put a skin care regimen into place.” —Garza

“There are so many amazing treatments on the market, and we do most of them. All we need is time to change the skin, which could take up to six months depending on the condition.” —Benner

Face: “Start by getting a facial and pick up any products to enhance the results. If a bride is thinking about microblading or permanent eyeliner, six months would be the perfect time to do so. That way there is enough time for a touch up before the big day. This would also include lash extensions.” —Garza


Hair: “Continue your color, cut and extensions goals. Look into any hairpieces that you may want in your hair as an accessory day-of. …. Book a makeup and hair trial.” —Caudill

“Does your hair get frizzy? Are you going somewhere warm or tropical for your honeymoon? Then a keratin smoothing treatment is just what the doctor ordered. The reduction of frizz and curl is remarkable, and it helps maintain the color and shine as well.” —Benner

Skin: “Start a regimen of getting facials and waxing to prepare skin for the wedding day” —Caudill

“Continue your treatment regimen as discussed with your esthetician. Some of my favorite [treatments] for brides are Dermaplane services and glycolic peels.” —Garza

Face: “Continue getting your lash extensions filled and do any type of permanent makeup touch-ups. …. Now would be a good time to also do your makeup trial.” —Garza

“Botox and fillers are always a good cosmetic addition, but younger brides or brides that aren’t necessarily needing to freeze the facial muscles to get the results can also do what we call the glass skin facial, where we microneedle a mix of Botox and filler on the outer layer of the skin, not the muscles, which will tighten and plump the skin for an incredibly smooth surface.” —Benner


Hair: “Do [final] color, cut and extensions about a week before [the] wedding.” —Caudill

“If you are wearing your hair down, then getting a conditioning treatment or a clear color coat will give you just the right amount of shine that photographs beautifully.” —Benner

Skin:  “If you are wearing a backless dress, do you have acne or blemishes on your back? … Dermalinfusion is the most popular [solution], as it isn’t a very expensive treatment, but the results are amazing.” —Benner

Face: “Book a facial to relax and prepare for day of.” —Caudill