Spring and summer weddings: glowing brides, blue skies, shining sun, and... oh yes, makeup meltdown. It's a risk -- especially at outdoor weddings -- so we've come to the rescue with a list of our favorite face-saving techniques.
Glowing skin is beautiful. If your face is greasy, however... well, that's another story. Six steps for shine-free makeup that stays put:
1. If your skin is oily, hydrate it with an oil-free moisturizer. If it's extra oily, skip the moisturizer and just dab a little eye lotion under your eyes. And if your skin is dry, moisturize as usual.
2. To keep the greasies at bay, prepare your skin for foundation by applying an anti-shine product.
3. If you have very good skin, skip the foundation and just use a spot concealer, which will stay on longer. Use it under eyes, around corners of your nose, and wherever you have blemishes.
4. If you do use foundation, apply an oil-free formula with a foundation brush.
5. After you've applied your liquid foundation, powder your face with a small brush.
Your eyelids are nearly as individual as your thumb print. For some women, shadow can last for hours; for others, it fades in minutes. If you fall into the latter category, here are some tricks to try:
1. Using a concealer brush, apply concealer all over your lid, from lash line to brow. This will help your shadow adhere to your skin. If your lids are extra oily (most Asian women have oily lids), apply a mattifying product first, then put your concealer on top. Finish it off with a dusting of powder.
2. When it comes to shadows, stay away from creamy formulas, which tend to oil up. For extra insurance, apply two layers.
3. As for liners, liquid liner stays put like no pencil can.
4. If you're weary of liquid liner, take a cake liner -- and mix it with an eyeliner sealing product. After you've lined your eyes, just put some of the sealer on your liner brush, then re-trace the line you made with your cake liner.
5. Even if you don't think of yourself as the crying type, waterproof mascara is definitely in order on this day.
If the heat hurts your makeup, blush will be one of the first things to go.
1. Again, steer clear of creamy formulas, which tend to streak and invite shine. Instead, opt for a soft, powdery formula that will look fresh and absorb oil.
2. For more staying power, apply cheek stain, then dust a matching powder blush on top of it.
You'll be kissing your new husband, kissing your guests, sipping champagne... how in the world are you supposed to keep your lipstick on all day? Heed this advice for a picture perfect pucker:
1. Start off by moisturizng your lips with balm so your pencil will glide along easily. Then take your lip pencil and color in your entire mouth -- this will prevent your lipstick from bleeding and supply more holding power.
2. Insider Secret: If you're the type of person who can never keep her lipstick on, use a medium-toned concealer as a base before your lip pencil.
3. Once your pencil's in place, apply your lipstick, then blot with a tissue. While the tissue is still pressed to your lips, brush some loose powder on top, then remove the tissue and make up your lips again to seal the deal.
4. The final step is adding a touch of gloss and applying lipstick sealer. Just one coat on your upper and lower lips will hold your color in place all day, or at least most of it.
One Last Thing
If you're going to be taking outdoor pictures during the hours of 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, carry an umbrella to shield your face from the sun. Pack an emergency kit, which you can give to your mom or maid of honor for safekeeping. It should include a compact, a lipstick, powder-free blotting papers to shoo away shine, and a small tube of concealer with a tiny synthetic brush for quick touchups.
Bridal Beauty Secrets