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Best Wedding Makeup For Hot Weather

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Dear Jean,
It’s Fall, but I’m getting married in New Orleans—outside. In other words, any makeup I try to wear is probably going to melt. What do I wear, makeup-wise? — Beth, New Orleans

Getting-married makeup should look like the best everyday makeup: You, but better. The mistake people make is in thinking about perfection. Everyone takes wedding photographs, but truly, one half of those pictures—the posed ones, the one’s you’re thinking about when you’re like, “That eyeshadow gradation must be perfect! My skin must have not one iota of shininess! Not a hair out of place!”—are never going to be looked at again by anyone.

The pictures everyone looks at are the fun ones, of course—the candid, in motion, something-actually-happening ones. Like this happy one from ELLE editor Megan O’Neill-Bull’s recent wedding in Nashville (it was hot, and as you see, she looked beyond-beautiful). Those in-motion moments are what any bride, inside or outside, hot climate or sub-zero, should think about in terms of makeup. Imagine yourself laughing, crying, dancing, hugging children, kissing the love of your life: You don’t need a bullet-proof layer of foundation and blankets of powder, you need pretty much what makeup you like to wear every day, just amped up in a few places.

The amping should occur in the eye area—not in terms of major color, unless you’re super into it, but in terms of defining your eyes and lashes as much as possible. Waterproof mascara is fine, but the kind-of-amazing, truly-un-meltable, definitely-worth-considering lash option is eyelash extensions. Good ones can last three weeks; if you’re going on a honeymoon, you don’t have to pack mascara. Definitely plan to get them once or even twice as a rehearsal before: You want to make sure they look and feel flattering and natural.

If you’re not into extensions, all-natural and waterproof are still mutually exclusive when it comes to eye makeup. Go with what you love, and touch up as you need: Have a bridesmaid carry a bag with a Q-Tips travel pack (about $1,, blotting papers—the ones from Tatcha ($12, and Boscia ($10, are especially nice.

Focus on concealing anything that bothers you with actual concealer, rather than trying to cover it with foundation. Apply foundation or tinted moisturizer just to even skin tone, then concealer, then a bit of translucent powder if you like it.

The other place to consider amping up is cheekbones: A bride should definitely have a bit of blush. Powder blush lasts much longer; layer a super-neutral shade on the bottom—for most skin types, something with brown and rose colors in it—with a brighter one on top. Unless you’re a fan and expert with contour, your wedding is not the time to seriously sculpt your face. Smile and focus the blush on the apples of your cheeks.

Wear the lipstick you love the most. (Wearing something out of character will cause all sorts of hard-to-decipher comments like, “Wow, you went for bright red, huh?” No one wants to be thinking about lip color at their wedding.) If it works, layer the lipstick: first use it as a stain, blotting after you put it on, then go over it periodically, as needed.


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