Don’t melt on your wedding day! Yes, even if a heatwave is happening, you can still look perfectly pretty on your big day thanks to our top expert tips.
While we all wish for good weather on our big day, a heatwave can add a few extra dilemmas to your wedding day loo. The heat, humidity and sweat can create oily foreheads, patchy foundation and smeared mascara.
We consulted the experts at beauty and wellness marketplace Fresha on how to make your makeup last longer on sunny days, leaving you a blushing – not sweating – bride.
1.Swap your usual skincare for an SPF
Sunscreen should be used year-round, not just during the summer months. However, it is important to use a higher SPF during seasons with higher UV levels to protect your skin.
When it's hot out, your skin may benefit from fewer layers of product. Less product underneath your foundation will make it easier to apply and last longer. If you're concerned about your skin's hydration, most sunscreens include ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides to keep you hydrated all day long.
If your wedding is going to be outdoors, make sure you reapply to prevent burning. The easiest way to do that is to use a spray on sunscreen over your makeup.
Try Garnier's Ambre Solaire Over Makeup Super UV Protection Mist (£8.04, LookFantastic), which is a SPF50 and is literally designed to wear over makeup.
2. Use a good primer
The skin preparation before makeup application is just as important, if not more important, than the makeup itself. If your skin is not prepped before you apply makeup, it can look patchy and uneven, and it will not last as long.
This is especially important on your wedding day, when you will be wearing makeup for a long period of time. As well as cleansing and moisturising (and adding that SPF), a mattifying primer will help prevent any oily breakups during the day. We like MAC's Studio Fix Mattifine 12 Hour Shine-Control Primer (£28, Lookfantastic), which is sweat-resistant and features a shine-controlling oil-check complex to help improve the wear of your foundation, Of if you want to mix your SPF with your primer, try Nars Radiance SPF 35 Primer (£24.75, Cult Beauty), which is oil-free.
As well as priming your face, don’t forget to use a primer on your eyelids as well. And it’s best to go for powder shadow over cream for extra saying power. Avoid using eye creams on your eyelids before makeup.
3. Consider the finish of your makeup
While a dewy, natural glow is currently in style, warm weather can make your skin look oily rather than fresh. Additionally, higher temperatures can cause makeup to crease and settle into pores.
If you prefer a softer finish, go with an oil-free matte formula. This type of formula will help to mattify your skin and prevent it from looking oily. It will also help to prevent makeup from creasing. This is because oil-free matte formulas absorb excess oil and help to keep your skin matte. They also have a thicker consistency, which helps to prevent them from creasing.
If you don't want to splash the cash on an oil-free foundation, try NYX's Can't Stop Won't Stop Full Coverage Foundation (£12, Boots). It won't break the bank but has a great coverage and really does go the distance.
4. Skip highlighters and added shimmers
When you sweat, your body produces a natural glow. To prevent your skin from looking shiny as the day goes on, avoid shimmers and glittery highlighters. If you want a little sheen, remember that you want to look dewy, not sweaty.
Apply highlighter only to areas where you don't get oily, and your body's natural shine will come through. Go for a powder highlight as opposed to a cream one to add to the longevity.
You can always apply a light powder throughout the day or use an oil wipe to remove any sweat.
If you want a more bronzed look, choose a matt bronzer over a glittery one to give you colour and contour without the added shimmer.
5. Choose lip stains over lipstick
Lip stains are a must-have for hot weather makeup. This is because lip stains are water-resistant and sweat-proof, making them ideal for all-day wear. They also come in a variety of shades, so you can find one that perfectly complements your summery look.
Whether you're looking for a bold red lip or a subtle pink tint, there's a lip stain out there for you.
Lip stains are a great option for special occasions like your wedding day. They stay put through toasts, food and that all important kiss. They also reduce the time you’ll spend applying product as opposed to opting for a liner and lipstick.
For a pretty rose-tint, we love Benefit Floratint in Desert Rose (£13.13, Debenhams), which creates a pretty stain on lips and a lovely natural flush on cheeks.
6. Finish with a setting spray
A setting spray is essential for the longevity of your makeup, especially in the heat. It will seal and lock in your whole face and keep it looking flawless. For a really budge-proof look, you can apply setting spray after each step of your makeup.
Charlotte Tilbury's Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray comes in a travel size (£17, Charlotte Tilbury), which is perfect for carrying around and using on the day. It also provides a great base for applying makeup so can be used as a primer and setter,
7. Carry mini products with you on the day
Get those essential top ups – lip stain, powder, concealer – in small sizes so they fit in your clutch. Alternatively, get your bridesmaid to carry them for you.
For an easy to get rid of sheen, try blotting paper. You simply press it over the shiny areas of your face for an instant mattifying effect. Try Rare Beauty's Blot & Glow Blotting Sheets, which are just £5 for 100 sheets.
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