There’s really only one day in your life that you’d wear a full face of makeup to the beach: the day you get married is one. Makeup artist Nick Barose tells us how to do it without looking like an Overdone Makeup Lady.
It’s the beach. It’s supposed to be warm.
Yes, you’re going to be on a beach, and yes, it’s going to be hot, and yes, you’re probably going to sweat a little. That doesn’t mean you should prepare your skin with an armory of makeup. “Sure, you could cake on layers of waterproof makeup, but your skin will look prettier if you don’t try to fight the heat,” says Barose. It also looks prettier when your face doesn’t melt off. OK, so light hands here, got it? Proceed.
Go for a light serum (Barose likes Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate), massaging on two or three drops max. If you have dry patches, use a stronger moisturizer on those areas alone. If you’re prone to oiliness, sweep on a primer (like Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer) after your serum sinks in.
Lay a smart foundation.
Today’s the day to use a matte liquid foundation, but not in a traditional, matte-liquid-foundation sort of way. Dab it on sparingly with a damp Beautyblender sponge so it really blends into your skin and doesn’t cover freckles. (Barose likes Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation.) Then cover any blemishes with waterproof concealer (like Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer).
Stand up to contouring.
You know what looks really weird on the beach—or anywhere for that matter? Stripes of bronzer and glittery highlighter. The cool thing about getting married outside is that the sun provides natural shading and highlighting. “If you just powder the T-zone and leave the cheeks unpowdered, the sun will give you a natural highlight that looks really pretty,” says Barose. (Try Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.)
Now you’re done with powder.
Not only are powder blushes prone to caking, but they also tend to fade more quickly. Barose prefers a cheek tint (“Jouer Luminizing Cheek Tint is a great one,” he says). Blend it just on the apples until it looks like you pinched your cheeks.
Play up the eyes.
Red lips will always look makeup-y, meaning they don’t exactly say “laid-back beach bride.” Instead, go for perfectly defined eyes. Try a chubby eye pencil in a neutral color, like light plum, khaki, bronze, or brown. (We love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Mushroom, a grayish brown.) Smudge it close to the lash line and finish with two coats of waterproof mascara (like Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara). And skip mascara under the eyes—it’s more likely to run if you cry.
Now back to the lips.
You’ll be cheek and air-kissing a lot of people all day. You want a sheer nude or pink balm that won’t look weird if it wears off a little. (We love L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm in Caramel Comfort). Unless you want hair stuck to your mouth, skip gloss. The wind blows outside, remember?
Go easy on the body makeup.
If you have a bruise or a scar, use the same concealer you did on your face, plus a bit of correcting primer—green for acne, yellow for bruises. (We like the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette). Buff out self tanner streaks with a Kabuki brush and a bit of body bronzer, like Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow. But whatever you do, don’t slather your entire upper body with body bronzer unless you want your strapless dress to have a bronze trim. (Self-tanner is fine as long as it’s done at least 24 hours in advance.)