Your Total Wedding Look, from Dress and Beauty to Bouquet and Accessories


Hair and Makeup

After you've selected your dress, accessories and bouquet, consider your tresses. Experts suggest first meeting with your hair stylist several months in advance of your wedding -- up to nine months if possible. Do you want to grow your hair long or try a short 'do? Your stylist will help you devise a long-term hair plan, involving cuts, color and treatments to make sure your locks look their best. If you're not one for dramatic hairstyle changes or already know the kind of look you want to sport on your big day, you should still book an appointment with a stylist at least one or two months before your nuptials to try variations of your preferred 'do. Choose a winning look that flatters the shape of your face and matches the style of your dress.

Next, examine your complexion in the mirror -- do your pores need extra care? Experts suggest meeting with a dermatologist six to nine months in advance of the wedding, especially if you're prone to breakouts. A dermatologist will provide valuable advice on how to care for your skin and prescribe any medications you might need.

Once your skin is in tip-top shape, schedule an appointment with a makeup artist. These professionals will select a color palette that'll flatter your skin tone and offer advice regarding other beauty enhancements, like false eyelashes. Finally, don't forget to shape your eyebrows to frame your face, and consult your makeup artist if you need help sculpting them in the months leading up to the big day. To allow time for redness and swelling to disappear before the wedding, get them waxed and shaped two days before you say "I do."