Hiring a great makeup artist is the best way to ensure your makeup will last the entire wedding day, and that's especially true if you're tying the knot in the summer months. Even so, there are a few things you can do on your own to stop your bridal beauty look from melting off. From how to prep your face to the types of products to use, here's everything you need to know about sweat-proofing your wedding makeup.
Prime your face, prime your lips, prime your lids. You can never prime enough for a long day and night in the summer. But what does this product really do? All primers are carefully created with ingredients meant to smooth out skin and prep it for makeup application. Try Smashbox's Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer since it's an industry standard, is oil-free, and works for all skin types. You'll also want tose special primers meant for lids and lips to ensure your entire face stays put.
Certain products that work great during the winter months will likely drip down your face in humid weather. Most importantly, eye makeup should be entirely waterproof, including any eyeshadows you use. The best choice is waterproof cream shadows, and Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks are the perfect shimmy, sweatproof choice. You'll also want to use a waterproof eyeliner, mascara, and brow product if you want to avoid any melting during cocktail hour.
As your wedding approaches, you'll want to try different ways of setting your makeup, figuring out which formula works best for your skin. For some, setting powders will do the trick while others will need a setting spray. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Spray is a weightless choice and it promises to keep your makeup in place for up to 16 hours.
If the air is very sticky and humid on your wedding day, even the best primers and powders won't do the trick on their own. Blotting sheets can be found at the drug store and there's absolutely no need to spend a lot on these magical papers. Clean and Clear makes a great one, and you can keep them in your bag and use them throughout the day and night to soak up any excess oil, sweat, and shine that might threaten to dissolve your makeup.
It's important to use more color on your wedding day than you normally would to be sure that you look your best walking down that aisle and in your photographs. On a hot day, it doesn't hurt to add that extra pop of color to cheeks and eyes. Choose a waterproof bronzer and cheek stain with bright and bold pops of color to be sure that your cheeks will steal the show. IT Cosmetics Vitality Flush Stain Lip & Cheek Reviver in Je Ne Sais Quoi should do the trick since it's waterproof and luminous.