Beauty Countdown: 6 Months Before the Wedding

Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 37 2006

Hire a Hairstylist
Audition stylists until you find one you love; ask friends and fellow brides for recommendations. Once you select someone, he or she can help you come up with a wedding-day hairstyle. Now's the time to try something new, like highlights, and book your appointment for your wedding day.

Schedule a Makeup Artist
Some hairstylists also do makeup and offer packages. If yours does not, ask if she knows someone, talk to other brides, or inquire at your favorite cosmetics counter or salon. Prices for makeup are similar to those for hairstyling: $75 to $300, and in-salon application costs less than on-location. Request references and ask to see photos of recent work.

Clear Your Skin
Blemishes you've Tolerated -- acne, scars, sun damage -- can be diminished through treatments like retinol cream, lasers, and skin lighteners, if you begin a regimen now. To improve your complexion, consider monthly facials and treatments like fruit-acid peels, which refresh skin's outer layer. Microdermabrasion, a form of exfoliation that uses tiny crystals, is better for sensitive skin. Prices for both range from $100 to $200 per session.

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