Whisking away and saying “I do” on a hot sandy beach far, far away with crystal blue water that goes on for an infinity? Good choice! Now that you’ve got the perfect setting, dress, and of course the groom you want to make sure your hair and makeup go along with this beachy atmosphere. And with beachy weather you want to make sure your hair and makeup will withstand the heat!
Hair: A beach wedding is the time to do something easy and effortless. There’s no point lacquering up your hair with hairspray into a stiff up-do. If you’re hair is naturally wavy or curly, don’t fight with your hair – work with it. Wearing it down with soft waves or curls is the perfect beachy hair. Add a decorative hairband or a flower to the side to make it look more formal than an everyday hairstyle. Or do something interesting with braids and waves in a side up-do if you want it away from you face and off your back.
Makeup: Again, makeup should be fresh and effortless. Let the atmosphere inspire your makeup look. You’ll most likely be golden and tanned so work with those tones and enhance your bronzey glow. You want your face to look luminous but not oily so technique and placement are key. Another look that is easy to do is to keep the face fairly neutral – soft eyes, bronzey cheeks – and add a bright pop of colour on the lips. Bright colours on the lips look beautiful against bronzed skin.
Makeup: In a past post I stressed the importance of layering your makeup. This technique will come in handy for a hot beachy wedding. Hot weather and humidity can bring your natural oils to the surface. Use a mattifying primer that will keep shine away and keep your makeup on all day. When it comes to covering flaws skip heavy cream or powder foundations. It will just melt right off your face. Instead, choose a tinted moisturizer with an SPF (of course wear a separate moisturizer with SPF underneath). If you need a bit more coverage, apply concealer only where needed. Use blotting sheets throughout the day to take away shine rather than a powder. Avoid adding shimmer all over the face. Highlight your cheekbones with a liquid or cream highlighter for a fresh dewy effect that won’t leave you looking sweaty.
There are many brands now that carry water-proof products. Make Up For Ever has an entire line dedicated to water-proof products. Their Aqua Cream line comes in a variety of shades and can be used on your eyes, lips, and cheeks. You can sweat, cry, even jump in the water after you say your vows and the Aqua Cream won’t budge. Play up your tan with a deeper bronzer that is waterproof – CARGO’s best-selling bronzer now comes in a water-resistant formula!
Don’t forget to play up your cheeks with a nice pop of colour. Stick to stains rather than powders or cream blushes. Stila’s Lip & Cheek Stains come in a variety of shades and blend really nicely onto the skin. The line even carries a bronzey hue. They stain the skin so it will last longer than a powder. Instead of carrying a separate lip product, you can use these stains on your lips as well! It’ll stain your lips with a glossy shine!
: If you have naturally straight hair, spray your hair with a beach spray that adds volume and texture and let your hair air dry the night before. The coarser texture will be easier to work with. Curl a few pieces with a flat iron (the heat is stronger than a curling iron and will last longer) and pull into a bun. Don’t worry if it looks a little messy – the texture gives it that beachy feel. Use a light-hold hair spray with humectants that absorb moisture and humidy. If you’ve got natural waves and curls, run a styling mousse into the hair and air dry. Use a shine spray or smoothing serum to smooth away fly aways. Pin one side up or pull into a bun. Elastics, bobbi pins, and decorative headbands, hair barretts, or flowers are a beach wedding essential.
Are you a lucky bride getting married on a beautiful beach? What beauty products will you be bringing?