Summer is right around the corner and my calendar is already full of wedding events to celebrate some of my closest friends and their love—I can’t wait! Whether you’re a bridesmaid, wedding guest (or even the bride), you know you want to look your best. That’s why I’m rounding up my favorite skin care, makeup and hair products to share with you. I’ve tested each one and found them to be the best for creating makeup and hairstyles that’ll stay all day. They’ve definitely earned a spot in my wedding season beauty kit. Let’s jump right in!
The night before the big event, I like to give my skin a big drink of water to fully hydrate and plump up overnight. This is especially important if you’re traveling for a wedding and your skin is exposed to dry airplane air. This leave-on mask is super thick and hydrating, and makes my skin feel so good.
Facial oils have been an obsession of mine lately, so I’ll even apply a layer of this Botanics oil after my mask to lock in moisture. But it’s not only great for your face—this oil can also work triple duty. I apply it to my cuticles (the best beauty hack if your manicure needs a pick-me-up), hands, elbows, ends of my hair…anywhere that needs some extra moisture.
The morning of the wedding, I’ll wash and moisturize my face as usual—I always suggest sticking with the cleansers, serums and other items you use regularly to avoid any “big day” skin issues. When I’m ready to start my makeup, I reach for this primer. Not only is the bottle beautiful, but it works wonders to smooth out pores and create the perfect canvas for makeup. Go easy on this stuff; one pump is plenty for your entire face. I start by applying it in the middle of my face (nose, cheeks) where pores are most visible, and then work outwards until it’s blended smoothly into the skin.
Maybe it’s the California girl in me, but I love wedding hairstyles that are romantic, organic and slightly undone—something about them just makes me swoon. Whether I’m wearing second-day hair or freshly washed, this dry shampoo spray helps give my hair extra grip that makes it easier to style any look, from loose waves to an updo. As a brunette, I also love that this doesn’t leave any white residue like other dry shampoos can.
When this Dyson Supersonic hair dryer came out, I was immediately intrigued since the other Dyson products I own are amazing (LOVE my Dyson Fan Heater!). Not only is the Supersonic lightweight—great for your carry-on—but it’s very quiet compared to a standard hair dryer, so it’s perfect for getting ready in a shared space with the bridal party or in a hotel room with your significant other. I actually just learned a few great tips for creating wedding day hair with the Dyson Supersonic from a certain celeb hairstylist that I’ll share with you. This stylist loves using the diffuser attachment to create effortless body and waves. If you’re starting with wet hair, rough dry your hair completely (which takes me five minutes with the Dyson and I have crazy thick hair!). Then pop on the magnetic click-on diffuser attachment, place hair in the attachment, and cradle and release each section for a perfectly undone, romantic look. I can also add a bend in my hair by coiling up a section on my finger, holding it under the hair dryer for a few seconds, and then giving it a cool blast to set it. I also love the constant cold setting, because it gives my hair a big boost of shine.
I know makeup tastes can vary based on personal preference and whether you want to go more natural or dramatic on any particular day, so my favorites below are super-versatile. Based on how you apply, they can look perfectly natural or glammed up. After all, the best wedding day makeup look is the one you feel most confident in!
I discovered this foundation about a year ago and wish I did sooner—I’m so in love with it. My skin can be a combination of dry and oily (sometimes more dry, sometimes more oily) and this foundation works for me, no matter what. I love that it can stay in place for 24-hour wear (hey, some wedding receptions can go into the wee hours of the morning, right?) and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy by afternoon. It comes in 36 shades, so I would recommend color-matching your skin tone in-store to find your best shade.
This concealer is a cult favorite among makeup lovers, and I reach for it when I want a concealer that lasts and won’t crease up. I’ll admit I’m a crier at weddings, so I keep this in my bag for touch-ups since “Little Miss Waterworks” over here will need it!
Since I cry at weddings, I opt for waterproof mascara to tint and lengthen my lashes. I give myself two coats of this and it stays put through my happy tears. Waterproof mascara can be tricky to get off, so just make sure you have makeup wipes to help remove it at the end of the night.
I love eye shadow palettes because of the endless possibilities you can create with them, and this Tarte palette in particular has some of the most romantic and beautiful shades to play with. Depending on what I’m wearing for a wedding, I’ll use the colors across one row of the palette, or mix and match a few of my favorites. One of my favorite eye shadow tricks is to use eye shadow and water as eyeliner. Dip your slanted liner brush in water, then dip it into the eye shadow and apply. I’ve been doing this a lot recently for a more smoky winged liner look.
Knowing that I have my beauty kit all set for this summer’s upcoming weddings means less preparation stress, so I can focus on living in the moment and celebrating with my friends and family. Give some of these products a try as you build out your own wedding kit too!
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