How to Make Your Wedding Makeup Last During a Heat Wave
Summer is in full swing in Arizona! We officially hit triple digit temperatures earlier in May and we have had many brides concerned about the resilience of their summer wedding makeup in this heat. Imagine our surprise when we opened our email box last week and found yet another question about this subject! The topic must be on every bride’s mind.
Kara M. in Scottsdale emailed “I’m getting married on Memorial Day weekend in an outdoor ceremony. I am a little worried about my makeup as each day gets hotter. I’m worried that I will have sweat lines down my face.
How do I keep my makeup fresh and streak free in this 100º+ heat?”
Well, Kara, you are lucky that my team of stylists, comprised of many AZ natives and long-time residents, are experts in dealing with the heat.
Here are 9 things to remember:
- Skip the powder. Toning down shine with powder can create a chalky look that exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles. Use blotting papers instead to absorb excess oil without messing up your makeup.
- Cool off before application. Let your skin cool down before applying any makeup as warm skin absorbs makeup. Remember blotting papers in lieu of powder!
- Carry a facial mist. A facial mist delivers a fine spray that will cool your skin and will make your makeup last longer. Tip: Our go to facial mist is MAC Prep+Prime Fix+.
- Use a primer. Primers are made to help makeup cling to the skin a little longer and they cut down on shine. Apply before putting on your foundation, but after your moisturizer.
- Avoid heavy foundations. Heavy, full coverage foundations are more likely to melt and slip on hot, sweaty skin. In the warmer months, switch it up to a lighter product that is oil-free and won’t be heavy on your skin. Try to stay away from powder foundations to avoid caking should you start to glisten or sweat.
- Switch from powders to creams. Powders can cake in the heat, which is super unattractive. During the summer, if you’re noticing caking, switch to cream blushes and eye shadows. Be sure to use an eyelid primer if you are concerned your shadow is caking (be sure to apply before shadow).
- Go water resistant. Mascara that’s water resistant or waterproof is better able to withstand summer sweating. Liquid eyeliners also last longer than pencils when your lids are moist.
- Avoid dark colors. If you’re going to be out in the sun, stay away from smoky eyes, dark blushes, and the like. These are a bit harsh in the bright summer sun, and are also more likely to be noticeable if they drip or smudge. Look for softer colors, particularly for the eyes.
- Drink! Keeping your body cool from the inside out is the best way to keep your skin dry. Carry a stainless steel water bottle with you, and sip frequently. Add ice often to keep it cold. This can also double as a neck and face cooler when you need it! Tip: We love Hydro Flask for their insulated abilities!
Till Next Time – Sabrina