Summer wedding season is in full swing, but the hot, humid weather in southwestern Ontario can make achieving a flawless face a challenge. We asked Elm Hurst Inn & Spa makeup artist, Vashti, for a few tips on achieving (and maintaining) a picture-perfect face as the temperatures rise.
A makeup trial is a must
Always, always have a makeup trial before your wedding. This is your day, and you don’t want any unexpected surprises!
Sit down with your makeup artists and discuss how you would like to look. Bring pictures and examples. Have a favourite lip colour? Bring that too!
Bridal skin boot camp
We recommend that you start any facial treatments at least four to five months before your wedding day. Why so far in advance? Your skin takes about two months to adjust to new facial products – this way you will avoid any redness or breakouts on your big day.
Begin with a basic facial, such as our Elemental Nature for Self Renewal Facial. This 90-minute treatment is suitable for all skin types and begins with a consultation with your spa therapist – a great time to discuss any concerns that you have with your skin.
At the end of your treatment, your therapist will recommend products for home use. AVEDA carries three-month starter kits – a great buy for brides-to-be!
We recommend having a facial every six to eight weeks prior to your wedding date. The night before the big day, have a relaxing cooling facial to help reduce any redness and relieve stress.
Sparkles. Foundation. Mascara.
Just say ‘no’ to sparkles. They look pretty, but they reflect light in photographs meaning you’ll shine in the wrong way!
Avoid using heavy, caked-on foundations or your face will be melting by mid-day. Stick to something light, especially during the summer months.
Waterproof mascara and eyeliner are a must! You don’t want streaks down your cheeks when you shed a few tears of joy.
2014 summer makeup trends
In the past, we’ve seen lots of natural-looking brides with neutral coloured eye makeup. This year, brides are going bold!
Smokey eyes are in, especially in neutral shades of brown and grey. If you’re brave, add a pop of colour as well. In contrast, lips are getting softer, with nude lips all the rage for Summer 2014.
Don’t forget to use a primer and fixative spray
Using a primer underneath your makeup is an absolute must. Primers fill in any skin imperfections, such as fine lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a soft, perfectly-smooth look for your makeup application.
As a make-up artist, fixative sprays are an essential step for any bride during any bride during the summer months. Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming / Toning Agent is a great choice, and doubles as a refreshing toner. A light spritz over your makeup application will set it for a longer-lasting look. Then freshen up again between the ceremony and reception.
Our trained spa therapists and estheticians would be delighted to help you put your best face forward on your wedding day. Visit www.elmhurstinn.com to learn more about our spa services and Bridal Spa Packages.