Summer is one of the most popular seasons for weddings, thanks to the long sunny days and balmy evenings. All of that sunshine and warmth, however, can wreak havoc on your hair and makeup. These are some tips about how summer brides can look cool and fresh even as the temperature and humidity rise.
You have to plan strategically for a summer wedding, especially for an outdoor event. Your everyday beauty products may not make a graceful transition from an air-conditioned office to a hot and humid garden or beach wedding. When you are going for your pre-wedding hair and makeup trials, be sure to let the stylist know that you need products that will withstand warm weather.
The biggest problem with summer hair is frizz. This can be true even for brides with straight hair, and frizz can be an absolute nightmare for curly haired brides. The best way to combat frizz is by prepping your hair with products that are designed to keep it looking smooth and neat all day. There are smoothing serums and pomades available for every hair type, and they can be a bride’s best friend on a hot summer day.
Choosing a sensible hairstyle will also help you stay looking fresh as a daisy. Keep it simple and unpretentious, and remember that elaborate hairdos are prone to wilting in the heat. Unless you know that your hair will not go flat or frizzy on a hot, sticky day, wear it pulled back to keep it off your neck and under control. Another tip is to choose pearl or crystal bridal jewelry for your hair instead of fresh flowers which will die in your updo. If you love the idea of wearing flowers in your hair, look for bridal jewelry such as hairpins that are designed in a floral motif. Not only will they wear better over the course of your wedding day, but you will be able to use them again for other special occasions.
Summer makeup should look light and fresh. A heavily made up face just doesn’t look right on a summer afternoon in the garden or on the beach (this goes for the guests too, by the way). When makeup is applied with a lighter touch, it will also be less likely to melt in the heat and make a mess of your face. Of course every bride wants to wear a little makeup to enhance her features and conceal flaws; the key is to choose the right products.
Preparing the face is the most important step for summer bridal makeup. If you are prone to looking shiny or oily, start with a mattifying or oil absorbing gel. You can apply it all over your face, or just in your t-zone, as needed. Brides of all skin types should use a primer before their foundation. This gives your makeup a perfect surface over which to glide, and it will also give your foundation better staying power. If you plan to wear eye shadow, an eyelid primer will help to prevent your makeup from creasing or disappearing.
When it comes to foundation for a summer wedding, less is more. Even if you use a fairly heavy formula in the winter, for the summer months it is important to lighten up. Often a tinted moisturizer is the ideal weight for a hot day. A good rule of thumb is that you should still be able to see your freckles through the makeup; that way you will know that your look is fresh and summery. Attack any trouble spots like undereye circles or blemishes with concealer, while allowing the rest of your face to have a more natural (yet polished) appearance.
Finish your wedding day makeup with a cream blush for a natural flush. Choose a lipstick in a pretty and soft color; give it staying power by lining your entire lip with a neutral lip pencil before applying the color. With these tips in mind, you will look like a fresh and radiant bride for your entire wedding day.