Weddings make you want to dress up and look your best, but don’t be that ‘one.’ You know the one, the guest who goes a little too over the top, who you may hear a few whispers about. The girl whose winged liner is a little too dramatic, hemline is a little too short, cocktail glass is always a little too full. Don’t be that girl. Luckily for all of us, keeping your makeup appropriate is one of easier feats to overcome during wedding season. Here are my tips on how to wear makeup for summer weddings this year.
While all of the focus at a wedding should be on the bride and groom, that doesn’t mean you can’t give your skin and base a little extra love for the big day, too.
Start with a primer. You want your makeup to last all night without having to fuss and touch up frequently. Next, apply your base. BB creams are perfect for weddings, because they’re generally lightweight and natural looking. But, of course, wear whatever foundation you enjoy. If you want something to last all day and don’t think BB creams will be enough, opt for a long-wear foundation. It will most likely be thicker, but if you apply in thin, even layers, you’ll be okay. I would recommend, though, not to try a new foundation out the day of a wedding. You don’t know how your skin will react, and you don’t want to be worrying or uncomfortable all day.
If you’re a guest and don’t think there will be too big of an issue with flash photography, wear an SPF, especially if you’re attending an outdoor ceremony. If you’re a member of the bride or groom’s families or bridal party, shy away from the SPF, just in case. SPF can cause a white cast under a flash.
When it comes to blush and bronzer, keep it as natural and subtle as possible–going back to not being ‘that girl.’ Opt for a matte bronzer that doesn’t offer too much glimmer and a blush that mimics a natural flush. Doing this also won’t make much of a difference if your cheeks turn red in the heat.
For weddings, the simpler, the better in my opinion. I tend to keep things soft and subtle. My go-to usually involves a shimmery cream color all over my lid, a tan shadow blended into the crease (nothing too smokey), and a subtle wing followed with a couple of coats of waterproof mascara. My eyelashes are pretty short and sparse, so for special events I’ll pop on either wispy strip lashes or a few individual lashes toward the outer part of my lash line.
You can’t go wrong with a polished, pinkish nude lip for summer weddings. I love (as you can see from the weekly round-ups I post) ‘Lumiere’ from Colourpop as well as Sephora’s lip cream in ‘Marvelous Mauve.’ They’re subtle, they last all day, but they’re enough color for me that I don’t feel naked. Not to mention they go with almost any makeup look. I personally think you can wear your brighter colors, but toned down. For instance, if you want to wear red, wear a sheered out red tinted balm or gloss. You could also apply the brights with a brush instead of straight from the bullet. This will let you sheer out the color and control how much actually goes onto your lips.
As with dressing, you don’t want to upstage the bride or bridal party, but you do need to be comfortable. Weddings last all day, so you don’t want to be running to the ladies to touch up your makeup all night. Just wear what you know and keep it simple.