How To Weatherproof Your Wedding-Day Makeup

Etiquette, Hair & Beauty
summer-proof wedding makeup

Photo: Yasu + Junko

You should feel cool, calm, and collected on your wedding day—not smudgy and smeared. With heat-tested beautifiers (and these expert tips) your look will last well past the bouquet toss.

Counterintuitively, you should moisturize. Cosmetics guru Sonia Kashuk knows from slippery, slide-y bridal makeup: She did the honors at her pal Cindy Crawford's 1988 wedding in the Bahamas—in late May. Still, she always recommends moisturizer. "You can go lighter," she says, "but don't forgo it altogether."

Primer is a really good idea. Consider this a magnet (a breathable, comfy magnet) for everything else. It's the layer between moisturizer and makeup, but if you're concerned about oiliness, you can also add a mattifier to the lineup. One to try: Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying gel ($35).

Liquid is the newest take on mineral foundation. Though Kashuk feels base is optional—provided you've got great skin—makeup artist Ramy Gafni disagrees, citing the formality of the occasion. And he prefers longer-wearing liquids over lose-powder mineral foundations, which have a well-deserved rep for being light and airy. The best of both worlds? Liquid mineral foundation.

Gels and stains go the distance. Whether or not you're a crier, liner and eye shadow can smear and head south in the heat. To the rescue: gel and waterproof formulas (like the ones pictured above). For cheeks and lips, stains provide a similar stay-put insurance policy. Plus they're kinda great. "Gels and stains deliver a pretty, natural finish," says Kashuk. "They become one with the skin."

Melt-proof beauty products pictured above:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $52

Tarte cheek stain in Dollface, $30

Smashbox Limitless lipstain & Color Seal balm in Berry, $23

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals foundation, $48

Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defying Long-wear gel liner in Ebony, $8.99

L'Oréal Paris Infallible eye shadow in Eternal Sunshine, $7.95

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—Dana Wood

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