Every bride desires fabulous weather for her wedding day, but heat and humidity does bring some challenges when it comes to hair and makeup lasting perfectly all day long!
Lets start with the makeup. Picture perfect makeup is a must, no bride wants her makeup to be slipping down her face, so here are some of my top tips.
Prep your face
The secret to staying immaculately made-up in the summer sun is all in the prep and your product choice. First things first you need an oil controlling primer under your foundation. Right now I'm loving Cover FX Mattifying Primer. It makes any foundation or tinted moisturiser infallible, as well as reducing the appearance of large pores and preventing makeup from settling into any fine lines and wrinkles.
Ditch the heavy foundation
Switch to a tinted moisturiser or a beauty balm. My products of choice here would either be The Ordinary's Serum Foundation which looks just like your natural skin (just better). Or Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder Foundation which creates a dewy light finish, and is great on mature skin.
Shake up your makeup
If you always wear eye make-up, try a bright lip too. You can't go wrong, plus it's less likely to melt in the heat than eye-make up." The insider tip? Mix a a tiny dab of the same lipstick with your lip balm to create a quick and easy matching crème blusher.
Heat proof mascara
Bare Minerals' Lashtopia Mascara is sweat and humidity proof, but still removes easily with warm water so now you're ready for a day in the English sun. Plus it contains lengthening fibres that can be applied in layers to create lashes that appear to be fuller and longer. What more could you want?
Setting your face
In this heat we need all the help we can get, and I absolutely love Cover FX's setting sprays. They help to maintains moisture longer while also drawing heat away from the skin as it slowly evaporates throughout the day. The results are fresh, cool makeup that lasts up to 24 hours. I promise you these sprays are genius and they absolutely make all the difference to flawless makeup that lasts all day. My favourite formulation is the Dewy Finish Setting Spray
In the immense heat I would avoid topping up with powder to stay matte as it can end up going a bit 'claggy' on the skin. Instead I recommend using blotting papers as they are fabulous at absorbing oil and sweat without moving, or overloading, make-up like a brush with powder would. Give Nurturing Force Blotting Papers a go.
So now that your makeup is set, it is also essential for a bride to have picture-perfect hair for the duration of her wedding and reception festivities. Whether you do your own hair or have a professional style it for you, a couple of hours in hot and humid weather can wreak havoc on your wedding day locks.
Here are some tips that will help the hairstyles of summer brides and survive the heat.
Preparation Is Key - If you know you are getting married and it's going to be at a hot or humid time of year or location, start prepping your hair for this as soon as possible.
Dry hair is only going to encourage fly-aways and frizz on your big day as it's extremely absorbent, so make sure it's well-moisturised beforehand. Use deep conditioning treatments and serums in the lead-up to your big day so your hair is as strong and heat resistant as possible.
On The Day
Wash your hair the night before your wedding so you can leave it to dry naturally. Using a blow drier will dehydrate your hair making it frizzy from the start.
Apply, or ask your hair stylist to apply, a heat-resistant balm or serum on your hair for the day. Use just enough - you don't want a whole heap of greasy product on your hair, just enough to give it life and protect it from frizz factor.
Once your hairstyle has been completed, make sure you seal it off with a light coating of strong-hold hairspray. Once again, you want to have enough coverage for your hairstyle to hold, but not enough that your hair looks sticky or stiff.
Many brides in humid climates think an up-do is the easiest style for the conditions and this does work well - but don't be afraid to have your hair half-down, or fully down with flowing curls either. Longer hair has more weight, which can help to minimise frizz and a more relaxed style suits the climate. If you know you are prone to sweating, however, it can be a good idea to keep hair off the neck.
Most of all, follow your intuition. You know how your hair behaves in the heat, so if you don't think you can pull off free, cascading locks then opt for a more structured up-do.
Would love to hear your tips and tricks for your hair and makeup surviving this hot weather.
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