If you’re getting married in the summer then you may be having visions (aka nightmares) of your hair turning into a frizzy or flat mess before your first dance and your makeup melting off your face before the cocktail hour ends.
It’s true that heat and humidity aren’t the friendliest elements when it comes to flawless wedding hairstyles and makeup looks but it is possible to create a look that’ll stay looking pretty until the last dance. In my previous life as a beauty editor I gathered tons of tips to help weather the summer weather and I’ve used that information to put together a game plan for your wedding day look:
Wedding Day Makeup
1. Waterproof makeup is definitely your friend here. While it can be too extreme for every day, when it comes to your wedding look for waterproof mascara and eyeliner to help keep smudges to a minimum.
2. Primer is also your friend. It’ll help keep your foundation in place much longer than normal and creates a smooth canvas for application. A few favorites: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer and Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Sheild.
3. Keep it light. The more makeup you’re wearing the more it’s likely to slide off. So opt for the sheerest foundation you feel comfortable with and consider a lighter eye makeup look too. Also, if you’re going to be in the sun make sure to use products with SPF to keep you from burning (same goes for the wedding rehearsal too!).
4. Don’t overdo it on the powder. While it’s tempting to keep dusting on translucent powder to soak up any shine, if you keep piling it on throughout the day you’ll end up a chalky mess. Do one application when you’re finished with your makeup, then if you need to get rid of shine on your face use blotting papers. Gently blot and they won’t remove your makeup, just the grease.
5. Makeup setting spray can help keep your final look in place, although it can feel a bit sticky, so use sparingly.
6. When it comes to your lips, go for a layered approach. Start with a lip stain, that way even if your other layers wear off you’ve still got a bit of color. Then follow up by dabbing on lipstick, instead of your usual swipe with the tube, using either a lip brush or a patting motion with the tube itself to help pack on the color. Blot with a tissue, then do another application. Finish with a little bit of lipgloss if you’d like (but keep it to a minimum or else you’ll look overly shiny in pictures). A few favorites: Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor and Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color.
7. During the wedding, have a bridesmaid keep blotting papers and your lipstick on hand for touchups. If you notice your eye makeup is getting a bit streaky gently use a tissue to smooth things out. But again, try not to layer on more makeup if you’re already a bit sweaty, it’ll only make things worse. Just embrace a more minimal look (and trust that Photoshop will knock out any imperfections your makeup is no longer covering).
Wedding Day Hair
2. However, if you’re set on wearing your hair down, keep in mind that there’s a fine line with styling products. You want to use enough to keep any frizz at bay, but not so much that you weigh your hair down and make it greasy (so yes, there can be such a thing as too much hairspray).
3. If you’re going for a loose waves look, curl your hair and give it a good spray with hairspray while you’re curls are still hot. Then let your hair cool completely before you comb or brush it out into waves. After that give it one more spray with hairspray and try your best not to touch it. Also consider leaving your hair a little curlier than you may want it, since your hair will fall through the day.
4. If your hair is looking greasy, try spraying a little dry shampoo on your roots. Dry shampoo is also great for giving your hair more volume and hold, whether you’re wearing your hair down or up. A few favorites: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Herbal Essences Naked Volume Dry Shampoo.
5. Even if your plan is to wear your hair down all day, stash a couple hairties and bobby pins with a bridesmaid. That way if your hair gets too sweaty/greasy/annoying you can pull it into a quick bun and head back on the dance floor.
6. For updos, use hairspray, but don’t overdo it. No one likes that super-crunchy look. Even updos should have a little movement.
7. Also, stash a few extra bobby pins in your updo. Not only will they give your hairstyle extra security but if your hair starts feeling loose mid-wedding you can use the extra pins to keep things in place.
The biggest tip I can give you for your hair and makeup though? Do at least one (but preferably a few) trial runs. This is especially important if you’re doing your own hair and makeup. Try it out and try to simulate the conditions of your wedding. Crank up the heat or head outside to get similar weather conditions, dance around for awhile and then take a few pictures from different angles to see how your style is holding up. You may discover your hairspray isn’t cutting it, you need to double up on the bobby pins or that your eyeshadow could use primer to keep it from creasing. Or you may find out that your wedding hairstyle and makeup look are perfect and will last all day. Either way it’s better to know it beforehand and be prepared than to realize you’ve got major raccoon eyes in all your pics.
Do you have any hair or makeup tips that work for you? Help a bride out and share ‘em in the comments!