There are many advantages to having a winter wedding (lower prices, beautiful photo ops), but the season also presents its own set of challenges (ahem, weather). To help ensure that you experience all the upsides — and minimize the downsides — of being a winter bride, we asked three fashion and beauty experts to share their best tips on how to avoid winter wedding mishaps.
1. Dry Skin
Between the cold outdoors and heat indoors, dry and chapped skin is a common — and seemingly unavoidable — problem during the winter. And to make matters worse, makeup doesn't bind well to dry skin, which is not good for your bridal beauty look.
"It's really important to address the skin hydration issue both from the inside and outside," says makeup artist Tanya Chavez. "You need to drink a lot more water in addition to using a richer moisturizer and if needed, a hydrating serum, to bring the plumpness and radiance back to the skin. In addition, on your wedding day, make sure to keep a moisture mist on hand. A few sprays throughout the day will help to maintain a dewy fresh radiance and freshen up your makeup."
2. Stained Hem
"Schlepping around in your wedding dress during winter weather is, generally speaking, a bad idea," says bridal stylist Julie Sabatino, founder of The Stylish Bride. "For winter brides, I usually recommend that they get ready at their ceremony location if possible. But if you have to transport from one place to another, try bustling your dress to keep it off the ground, or even wrapping plastic around the hem to prevent it from getting stained in any puddles."
3. Teary Eyes
Emotions aren't the only things that can lead to crying on your big day — the cold can also make your eyes teary. "Harsh weather can dry out your eyes, which causes them to water," explains Chavez. "A way to train your eye to not do that is to use a saline eye drop to lubricate your eyes before going out in the cold."
In addition to using waterproof eyeliner and mascara, also make sure you have Q-Tips and eye makeup remover on hand throughout the day if your makeup does end up running. "Lastly, if you feel your eyes tearing up tilt your head back and blink a couple times, says Chavez. "That will direct the tears to exit from the corner of your eyes rather than straight down."
4. Slippery Shoes
If high heels weren't already difficult enough to walk in, add in slick, wintery conditions and you've got an especially dangerous situation. "Do not wait for your wedding day to break in your shoes," says Sabatino. "Always make sure you scruff up your soles a little beforehand to prevent them from being too slippery."
5. Chapped Lips
There's never a good time to have chapped lips, but your wedding day is an especially bad one. Keeping your pucker soft however, takes a bit more than just applying lip balm. "Make sure you exfoliate your lips regularly," says makeup artist Lilly Rivera, founder of Bridal Gal. "Apply a little honey on your lips and using a textured wash cloth, rub the lips in a circular motion. That will not only help smooth the skin, it will also get the blood flowing and make your lips look a little fuller."
The morning of your wedding day, make sure to ask your makeup artist to dab a heavy-duty lip treatment to freshly exfoliated and clean lips before she starts on your makeup. "By the time, the artist gets to your lipliner and lipstick, your lips will super supple and hydrated, giving more beautiful results," says Rivera.