So you've decided to take the destination or elopement route for your wedding, amazing!.. & even though your makeup artist isn't able to come along, these essentials will ensure your makeup looks just as gorgeous & most importantly lasts well into the night of whatever climate you'll be saying your I dos in!
If at all possible, I also recommend booking a lesson with a local makeup artist well in advance of your big day. During a lesson you'll be able to have your specific concerns addressed with the help of a professional & your artist will also most likely give you personal product recommendations too! You'll also have more than enough time to practice on your own before you go & remember to look at your makeup in different lighting conditions. You'll want to apply your makeup heavier than you would on a daily basis. Photographing yourself with & without flash will help to ensure you won't be washed out come your wedding day. Now onto the essentials..
1. Cream Blush & Shadow
Layering creams under powder will ensure beautiful & long lasting finishes, especially if you choose a tropical destination (which, goals!). If your skin is normal to dry, creams are best, but if you tend to be more on the combination to oily side, gels are the ideal option. Be sure to apply cream or gel blush underneath your translucent setting powder, followed by powder blush, for a true "glow from within" look. My current favourites are Tarte's Cheek Stains & Becca's Beach Lip and Blush Tint.
As for cream shadows, I apply these after eye primer, again layering powder eyeshadow over top. As an added bonus, Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my go-to eye primer at the moment because it also happens to waterproof whatever you layer over it!
2. Mehron Skin Prep Pro
This guy is truly one of my best kept secrets, until now of course! It's a clear liquid applied underneath makeup that actually delays sweating, making it ideal for both the bride and groom, especially in humid conditions. As bold of a statement as it is, I would honestly be lost without it.
3. Setting Spray
Another one of my absolute favourite gems is Blue Marble Sealer Spray, which waterproofs even the most sensitive of skin without the alcohol present in its sister spray. If you can't get your hands on Blue Marble, I'd go for Ben Nye's Final Seal. This is one step where professional products truly can't be beat & that's coming from someone who's tried literally every setting spray that Sephora has to offer.
4. Gel & Pencil Liner
I hate to repeat myself, but layering is key! I'm known to use both gel & pencil liner on my clients for bulletproof liner. For a cat eye that lasts until brunch the next morning, I also finish with liquid liner. That's not all either! I never, ever skip setting liner with eyeshadow. Although this may seem excessive, there's nothing worse than streaming liner when tears begin flowing. Lastly, start with your eyes first so you don't have to risk ruining your complexion makeup.
5. Lip Liner
Even if you plan on wearing a liquid lipstick, lip liner is my last must-have. It will prevent your lip colour from fading unevenly & can be worn alone as a long-lasting alternative to the more drying matte lipsticks which are trending. Lip liner is also small enough to throw in your clutch for touch-ups & you won't have to worry about it melting either!
Hopefully these essentials help calm some of your nerves. As cliché as it sounds, practice makes perfect! Allow yourself plenty of time the morning of to get ready & enjoy the process! Throughout your wedding day, be sure to have plenty of blotting papers on hand & whatever you do, refrain from rubbing. A translucent powder is also fantastic to have on hand, but be sure to only apply sparingly where needed & after blotting.
If there are any questions you have feel free to leave them below.. & I'd love to know if any of you are planning a destination wedding or elopement!