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How to Rain-Proof Your Wedding Beauty Look

Don't let the weather ruin your look.

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Photography by: Ryan Ray

When you're having an outdoor wedding, you make rain preparations; you get a tent and you have a backup plan in case it pours on the day of your wedding. But have you thought about your wedding hair and makeup? With rain comes humidity, and the two together can make for streaky, shiny makeup, not to mention frizzy, limp hair if you're unprepared. We turned to two experts, makeup artist Mickey Williams and hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez, who share their top tips for looking gorgeous no matter what the weather decides to do.

 

Related: Do You Really Need a Rain Plan?

 

Steer clear of water-based foundation.

It may seem counterproductive in the rain, but you actually want to wear a foundation that has a sticky texture, like a balm, to create a soft, opaque, and lightweight look, Williams says. Then dust a well-milled translucent powder all over your face to set it. "If you use a water-based foundation, with one tear or raindrop, you'll get a streak across your face," she says. "This also applies to some oil-free foundations. If you must use oil-free, look for a gel or cream formula that doesn't completely dry on skin. At first, it may seem like your makeup is heavier than you'd like, but within 30 minutes your skin will glow and you'll only need touch-ups of powder on your T-zone." She recommends It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50 or Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation as an oil-free option. (PS: Same goes for blush—you can use either a cream or a powder, but try not to use a water-based gel blush.)

 

Prime your eyes.

Before warm, wet, or waterwork-tears types of days, Williams says an eye shadow primer is a must. She loves Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. If you don't have a primer on hand, a dewy concealer, like NYX Concealer Jar, works just as well, she says. 

 

Arm yourself with the ideal touch-up kit.

Include a mini dusting brush, like EcoTools Mini Precision Brush, talc-free translucent powder, like Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder Mini, your lipstick, makeup wipes to erase lipstick smears and mascara smudges, mascara, concealer, blush, and eyeliner. For your hair, Alvarez says to use a pomade, like Ouai Matte Pomade, a toothbrush, and a hard-hold hairspray, like R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray, to tame flyaways. "Smooth the pomade onto the top layer of your hair and go over it with the toothbrush," she says, then spritz with hairspray.  

 

Rely on a friend, too.

"I usually tell brides to find a person that will check in every 90 minutes and let you know if a touch up is needed," Williams says. "The day goes by so fast, so having a friend who can step in and remind you of a potential beauty meltdown is a good plan."

 

Prep your hair.

Keeping your hair moisturized will help prevent frizz. If you have curly hair, use a sulfate-free shampoo; if your hair is coily, try a co-wash, Alvarez says. Apply a leave-in conditioner, like Dove Quench Absolute Curls Supreme Creme Serum, onto wet hair, and when styling, use a gel like Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. "Make sure your hair is fully dry before exposing it to humidity," Alvarez says, and keep a hydrating styling product, like Phytospecific Moisturizing Styling Cream, on hand to recoil curls that go astray. If you have straight or wavy hair, try a shampoo and conditioner like Dove Nutritive Solutions Coconut and Hydration, and dry your hair about 60 percent of the way, she says. Then add a volumizing mousse, like Redken Thickening Lotion 06, from roots to ends and finish blow drying. If you have wavy hair, use a light oil like Leonor Greyl Huile de Magnolia to keep strands hydrated, and if you have straight hair, Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray will create a barrier to keep moisture out from day to night.

 

Go silicone free.

"Most anti-humidity products use silicone, and that can deflate volume," Alvarez says. "Living Proof Satin Hair Serum is great for maintaining volume while fighting frizz because it's one of the few products that does not contain silicone."

 

Braids are your friend.

If rain is in the forecast, opt for a braided updo. "The less hair you have flowing in the wind, the less amount of frizz you'll have to deal with," she says. Plus, the options are plentiful, from braided crowns and ballerina buns to braided chignons, and half up, half down styles.  

 

If you're set on wearing your hair curly or wavy, though, keep a curling iron close by.

"Touch up any strands that decide to misbehave with a CHI Air travel size irons—they're the perfect size," Alvarez says. And, if you need to tame flyaways, apply a dry oil along the top and under layers of your hair.