If you’ve chosen to head to sunnier climes to have your wedding perhaps on the beach or in hotel gardens, you will need to choose your beauty products wisely to ensure that your makeup stays looking flawless all day long and doesn’t melt in the heat, while also protecting you from the sun! Here are some of the makeup artist approved products we’d recommend brides-to-be put on their shopping list before jetting off for their wedding, or honeymoon, to ensure they can easily and flawlessly create perfect-looking, long-lasting, heat-withstanding, sun-protecting wedding makeup!
First things first, you need to protect your skin as you won’t want to have sun burn and peeling on your big day. Sun protection is important in the days and weeks leading up to your wedding as well as on the day itself. If you like to have a tan build one up gradually and safely to protect your skin. Use a sun protection cream with a high factor for the first few days, such as SPF 30, and then go onto a lower factor.
If you wish to stay completely tan-free use a strong SPF 50 product such as Avene’s Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 50 ($24) in the lead up to your wedding.
Exfoliate and Moisturize Body
You should also exfoliate regularly when gradual tanning to remove dead skin cells and improve your tan. For something a bit special, we recommend Majestic Pure’s 24K Gold Scrub ($17.50), which has been expertly formulated to moisturize and intensively nourish skin; made with real gold foil which was highly used in anti-aging skincare products.
Follow with an intensive moisturizer, we love using a natural oil based formula such as nutrient-rich jojoba oil, macadamia oil or sweet almond oil for intensive hydration. Natural oils absorb particularly well into the skin (rather than sitting on the surface), since they have a similar molecular structure to our own natural body oil (sebum), and so can be highly effective. that extra special glow. LALICIOUS – The Golden Oil – Shimmering Marula, Macadamia & Coconut Beauty Oil ($44) would be our pick for something a little extra special for your big day, which gives a gorgeous golden glow to skin, continuing the gold theme!
With all that tanning be sure to exfoliate your face too to create an even makeup base. We’d highly recommend Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Exfoliant ($29) which is very effective and great for all skin types. Containing 2% BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) it helps to unclog and diminish enlarged pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth wrinkles, brighten and even out skin tone. It improves skin’s texture and leaves it looking youthful and radiant.
Even in hot weather it is important to moisturize. On the day itself, you will want a light, non-oily light-weight moisturizer; such as LATHER Ultra Light Face Lotion ($23) or, for a real luminous glow, Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow Pore Perfecting Cream ($59) is fantastic at transforming even the dullest of complexions and will conceal pores, even in balmy temperatures.
To ensure that your makeup stays put all day and to prevent breakthrough shine (which is more likely in the heat) use a primer underneath your foundation. MAC’s Prep+Prime SPF 50 oil-free primer ($31) is an excellent product which keeps makeup in place while protecting skin from the sun so even better for those with very pale skin who wish to maintain the English Rose look.
For an outdoor sunny wedding it is best to keep your foundation light and natural with either a tinted moisturizer or light foundation. We love Bare Minerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($29) which gives radiant natural coverage and also has the added benefit of SPF20 (so you may not need to wear extra sunscreen on the wedding day). It’s silky soft texture glides on for easy coverage.
If you suffer from oily skin mineral powder or a longwear formula may be better for you.
Bronzer / Blusher
Depending on your preference add a touch of colour to your cheekbones or all-over with a bronzer or blusher. We love Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick Set ($48) – ideal for adding subtle highlights and contours due to the contrast in colors and shimmery finish.
For a splash of color, a peachy/coral blush can be a star buy. Opt for a cream formula to provide soft, long lasting color which is easy to blend. Try Organic Beauty Cream Blush in Rose Pink ($12.99).
Avoid chapped, lacklustre lips by investing in a moisture rich treatment balm to soothe and repair like Hurraw’s Vegan Lip Balm ($7.49).
Lucas Paw Paw Ointment is an Australian wonder balm for conditioning chapped lips, and helping calm sunburn, grazes and insect bites.
Prime and Line
Create the perfect base for super staying power. A lip primer will give you a smooth texture for applying your color such as MAC Prep + Prime Lip (from $20).
Line your lips with Aveda Nourish-Mint Lip Definer, the colorless formula matches any lip color and plant waxes seal the lip line to prevent feathering.
For protection to choose a lipstick with an SPF such as Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture ($35) which comes in a range of delicious colors from brights to nudes – no.23 Pink Coral (left) is perfect for a fresh, summery bridal makeup.
Lash primers condition and protect lashes and can be worn under mascara or alone. Under mascara they help to boost its effects adding extra length and volume and helping to keep lashes separated. We love Japanese brand DHC’s Eyelash Tonic ($13); use this morning and evening for a few weeks leading up to your wedding to strengthen and protect your lashes against breaking give them a thicker, fuller and glossier appearance.
Go for a waterproof mascara to ensure that it is tear and sweat proof! For volume Lancome Hypnose (from $20) is super and has a waterproof version.
Check out our article on mascara types for further recommendations.
You may also wish to use a primer underneath your eyeshadow to keep them from creasing and the color fresh. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (from $20) is the by far the best eye primer we’ve come across and really does improve the staying power of all eyeshadow types.
Go for long-wear, waterproof eyeshadows such as Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadows if you are concerned about the hot weather. Otherwise, we love a good palette! We love Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($25) for a mix of naturals.
For eyeshadow application tips see our article on how to apply eyeshadow.
As with mascara and eyeshadow, a waterproof formula eyeliner will be long-lasting and smudge proof. Laura Mercier’s Cream Eyeliners (from $25) are easy to apply creating a soft finish and come in a range of colors including black, grey and brown. For liquid eyeliner, try a winged eyeliner stamp for ease and precision.
Manicure and Pedicure kit
Doing your own nails? You could invest in a manicure and pedicure kit, and a French mani set such as Zoya’s Starter Manicure Set ($25).