Keeping It On In The Heat
Outdoor spring weddings: glowing brides, blue skies, shining
sun, and... oh yes, makeup meltdown. Wondering how to make a lasting impression
on your big day? Here to the rescue with a list of favorite face-saving tips and
If your skin is glowing, you will automatically
look beautiful on your wedding day. If your face is greasy, however... well, that's
Six steps for shine-free staying power:
1. The first thing you need to do is assess your skin's condition. If your skin
is oily, hydrate it with a non-greasy moisturizer. If it's extra oily, just dab
a little lotion under your eyes. And if your skin is dry, apply your moisturizer,
then spray with Evian mist to hydrate.
2. To keep the greasies at bay, prepare your skin for foundation by applying an
3. If you have good skin, skip the foundation and just use a spot concealer, which
will stay on longer. If you need a little coverage under your eyes, use a waterproof
undereye concealer, which you can dab on with a brush.
4. If you must use foundation, apply an oil-free formula with a foundation brush.
It lasts for up to 15 hours and never gets cakey.
5. For African-American or textured skin, try MAC Studio Fix, a powder-based foundation
that you can apply first with a sponge, then with a big brush, for maximum coverage.
6. After you've applied your liquid foundation, powder your face with a large brush.
Your eyelids are 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
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 an anti-shine 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.
Look for powder shadows instead. Favorites are made by MAC, and come in every color
under the sun. For extra insurance, apply two layers.
3. As for liners, there's only one choice: liquid liner. It doesn't come off for
4. If you're weary of liquid liner, take a cake liner and mix it with an eyeliner
sealing product like BeneFit's She Laq. Just put some of the sealer on your liner
brush, then re-trace the path you made with your cake liner.
4. It's no secret that brides cry -- which means waterproof mascara is also in order.
Blush adds color to your cheeks and brightens your face.
There's a fine line, however, between a natural rosy glow
and harsh, shiny color -- a major wedding day no-no.
1. Steer clear of creamy versions, which tend to invite shine. Instead, opt for
a soft, powdery formula that will look fresh and natural.
2. Add just the right amount of color with a dusting of MAC Coppertone Blush on
the apple of your cheeks for the illusion of a sunny tan -- which looks great outdoors
-- then top it off with a touch of Mac Pink Glow for a hint of rosy color.
You'll be kissing your husband, kissing your guests, sipping
champagne... how in the world are you supposed to keep your lipstick on all day?
Advice for a picture perfect pucker:
1. Start off by moisturizing your lips 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. Some favorite colors for brides include
MAC Spice, Revlon Spice, Paula Dorf Lullaby and Origins Natural Earth.
2. Insider Secret: If you're the type of person who can never keep her lipstick
on, try using a lip balm lightly 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 an actual lipstick sealer.
Just one coat on your upper and lower lips will hold your color in place all day.
For added insurance, sip all drinks with a straw.
One last thing
If you're going to be taking outdoor pictures before your wedding
during the hours of 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, carry an umbrella to shield your face from
the sun. She also suggests packing 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 keep away shine, and a small tube of concealer with a tiny synthetic
brush for quick touchups. That way, when you walk down the aisle towards the man
of your dreams, you're sure to look picture perfect.
By the way, if your beloved tends to shine up, too, have him apply some anti shine.
after all, this is his big day, too.