Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Wedding Makeup: Tips for Sweat Proof Makeup at The Westin Wilmington

If you are reading this, you are probably feeling the summer heat and looking for ways to keep your makeup from melting off your face! Here is a post I did a couple of summers ago. I have some great sweat proof makeup tips that work for special occasion makeup for a wedding or prom, everyday summer makeup and vacation makeup as well. I'm getting ready to do makeup for another summer outdoor wedding this coming weekend and I'll be using these techniques to keep the bride looking fresh and beautiful all day long in the summer heat!

A Summer Wedding in July
I had the pleasure of doing some onsite wedding makeup this past weekend for the bride, bridesmaids and mothers. One of my colleagues joined me to get all the ladies ready before the photographer arrived.

The beautiful bride was planning an outdoor ceremony at The Westin Wilmington, Delaware on one of the hottest days of the summer. Sweat proof makeup that would withstand the summer heat and last all day was definitely required! The beautiful bridal suite in The Westin, where we did the makeup application, was bright, roomy and very well appointed for entertaining I must say.
Westin Wilmington DE
The bride's gown was a stunning trumpet/mermaid strapless
sweetheart gown in shimmering off white lace.
trumpet bridal gown
The bridesmaid dresses were shades of beige, brown and pink in various styles. I can't wait to see pictures of everyone!

This is a photo of the bride's trial makeup at the salon. Please excuse the shadowy lighting! We chose a soft smokey eye in pink and shades of brown and a soft pink lip to coordinate with the wedding color theme. The shadow colors really complimented her dark brown eyes.


pink and brown smoky eye

She wanted fabulous lashes. She already had fabulous lashes! We decided to forgo strip lashes and just enhance her own lashes since they were so great already. To get her own lashes more fabulous, I applied layer of waterproof mascara, added lash fibers to the mascara to help extend her natural lashes a bit then another coat of mascara to seal in the fibers. I added a few knotted lash flares to the outer lashes to add a extra drama.
lash flares
A hot summer day requires special makeup application techniques to keep your makeup looking fresh for your pictures throughout your wedding ceremony and your reception.


Sweat Proof Makeup
Clean skin
Start with fresh clean skin that has been cleansed with a gentle facial cleanser and toned with a soothing, mildly astringent toner.

Moisturizer
Use a light moisturizer before applying primer and foundation. A moisturizer for normal to oily skin is a good choice in the summertime when the skin is more oily. A heavy moisturizer will be occlusive and may create too much shine on a hot day.

Primer
Primer always helps keep foundation in place. It also helps hide flaws such as enlarged pores and shallow lines. A mattifying face primer should be used on oily skin to keep shine down as the skin produces oil throughout the day.

An eye shadow primer is also important to prevent shadow from creasing and slipping out of place. My very favorite shadow primer is Urban Decay Primer Potion.


Waterproof

Use waterproof mascara and eye liner. Waterproof products won't budge when the skin sweats. It is possible that they can smudge when the skin get oily though. Oils dissolve waterproof mascara.

Click here to see my favorite waterproof mascara!

Matte Foundation

Use a matte or semi matte foundation. Avoid a foundation that is too luminous. It can look sweaty instead of glowy.

Double Blush
Use a cream blush topped with a dusting of powder blush for super staying power. Both blushes should be similar colors.

Face Powder

Application of face powder is necessary to keep shine down. Use a brush to dust on an even layer. Dust on a second layer for extra shine protection. Using a powder puff applicator may lay down an uneven layer of powder on oily, sweaty skin and look blotchy.

Setting Spray

A makeup setting spray will help hold all the makeup in place when the skin sweats. Apply it after makeup application is complete. Try Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray  

Blotting Papers 

Carry these with you to use throughout the day. Use the blotting papers to absorb sweat and oil from your face without disturbing your foundation. Blot, don't rub, then, dust on a thin layer of face powder if you look still look shiny.
These makeup tips will help you stay fresh looking all day long! Does it sound like there are too many products to buy for just one day? I have all the goodies and can apply them all for you! I can come to you to do your wedding makeup in the Philadelphia, Pa. area or you can see me at the salon, Styling Point in Media, Pa. 
bride with mirror
Cheers pretty ladies!

Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill


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