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Wedding-Proof Makeup Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Written by: Susan Hang

 

Weddings are one of the most beautiful, emotionally intense, and fleeting moments of your life…

And we all know, prime season has long arrived – summer with its inducing green grass, full blooms, blue skies, and sunshine…who doesn’t want a midsummer night’s dream? Besides, everyone seems much cheerier this time of year. Makeup, however, can be a tricky thing in the heatwave with no portable fan or outdoor conditioning. You just need to be well armed for the sweltering day… So, let’s talk wedding-proof makeup tips to beat the tears, the sweat, and the grime!

To start, I HIGHLY suggest doing at least ONE trial run to ensure your skin meshes well with any new products you might be using and to see how it holds through the boiling temps… I had a friend who loved the idea of airbrush makeup, but never tried it. Luckily, she was a bridesmaid, but by nightfall, the foundation had pilled and it was a pretty disappointing sight. Don’t let that be you…

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Skincare

A week before the big day, I highly suggest focusing on your skin – taking care of any blemishes, exfoliating two days prior, and marinating in a sheet mask or two. This will help maximize hydration and moisture, which will result in smoother application and more natural looking makeup. This is also the time to pick a moisture to use on the day of…

Recommendations: Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream, Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream, Embryolisse Lait Creme ConcentreLa Mer Creme de la Mer, Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel, Dr. Dennis Gross Firming Peptide Milk, Peach & Lily Brightening Sheet Mask Bundle, Caudalie Beauty Elixir

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The Base

For foolproof photogenic makeup, avoid SPF, pick a good primer + foundation combo, and a base that matches your skin tone and type. I reiterate this over and over, but light, thin layers is key to long lasting makeup! Hourglass makes really beautiful primers that wear well with all foundations. For a base, I have always (and will always) stand by Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and By Terry Sheer Expert Foundation. If you have oily skin, I’ve found Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation to be perfect, but it contains SPF 15. Another amazing full-coverage option sans SPF is Bobbi Brown Foundation Sticks – they’re super convenient because of the stick form obviously and can be used to create highlight-contour effects. They’re also great for any necessary touch ups throughout the day. The formulation sits on the drier side, which perfectly suits anyone who becomes a grease ball as the day draws on.

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Concealer

If you don’t know, I’m a fan of using both light-reflective and full-coverage concealers. Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencils excel at masking shadows, dark spots, blemishes, and even providing a matte highlight – super potent, yet emollient and withstands heat very well. Laura Mercier also makes really killer concealers – you all know that I’ve been a major fan of the Secret Concealer – it makes a wonderful corrector. This Lancome Concealer also ranks super high on my HG list…love love! For light reflective ones, I still reach for the one from Dior and Clinique’s Airbrush Concealer is another really good all-in-one.

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Powder Over Creams/Liquids

Another thing, I ALWAYS do when applying wedding makeup is layer powder products over their cream/liquid counterparts. I just discovered Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter and have become obsessed with Buff Lights – it’s slightly less gold compared to Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Moonstone. Milk Lip & Cheek Stains have also quickly become favorites – they’re fuss-free, but wear more naturally and subtle – the only thing is the color range is quite limiting. Now for a true cream blush, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges are brilliant with an abundance of colors to choose from – it takes only a small amount to get the job done and applies on smoothly. Now onto powders, Nars and Tarte blushes and bronzers are NO BRAINERS! Though Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow gives you KILLER cheekbones. To maintain your complexion, while mattifying the skin (even throughout the day), Tarte’s Smooth Operator Powder is gold…

Eyes

For eyeshadow, Urban Decay Naked Palettes will never fail you, though I’ve recently cheated on them Zoeva’s Cocoa Blend Palette. Forgive me. For a cream base, you should absolutely go with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks I wear these without eyeshadow primer and they don’t budge! Plus, the color Truffle, is the perfect highlight shade! I also suggest layering gel eyeliner with liquid to really seal the deal, just be sure to pick a waterproof one (aka the cult Stila Liquid Eyeliner). Finally, go in with a waterproof mascara (Lancome Hypnose). You must also apply fake eyelashes – it might feel heavy if you don’t wear them often like me, but they make all the difference in photos!

Watch for a Wedding Makeup Tutorial soon!

 

xo,
Susan
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