I've just come home from the most wonderful wedding in the Tuscan hills.
As well as being a bridesmaid, I was also tasked with doing the make up for the the bride, her mother and the grooms mother. In theory, it was an easy job. The three ladies have amazing skin, and needed very little in the make up department. However, the big challenge was that it was over 30 degrees all day and in to the evening, so getting the makeup to stay put, stay fresh and not melt down the brides face was no easy feat!
These are my tips for flawless makeup when the temperature rises:
Base: I kept the moisturiser minimal, instead sweeping a gentle toner all over the skin. I used Clarins Beauty Flash Balm to prime the skin. This ensured the skin didn't get too greasy and helped the make up stay in place, while making the skin look flawless.
Foundation: this was much harder. I had assumed a matte foundation with powder was the way to go, but quickly realised that the powder was settling on the skin in a heavy way, and a heavier foundation was going to look unnatural as the day went on. Instead, two thin layers of Saint Laurent Éclat Miracle Foundation, well buffed in with a brush gave a radiant effect. Obviously, after several hours in the sun, it started to fade, but it did so evenly and was super easy for me to touch up before photos etc.
Concealer: I used Laura Mercier secret camouflage to conceal blemishes, and a sweep of By Terry under eye concealer (a tiny amount) to lighten under the eye. Dermablend stick foundation worked well on more nature skin, as it provided a little extra coverage.
Cheeks: I kept blusher to a minimum, using a cream (Bobbi Brown Le Pot Rouge), followed by a sweep of Chanel powder blush in Rose Initial. On the bride I did a small amount of contouring, with Chanel Les Beiges powder, which is fine enough to look fresh and natural. I buffed this in with the Chanel kabuki brush. Finally, I used Becca illuminator with a brush along cheek bones and under eyebrow arches to add a glow.
Eyes: I used Bobbi Brown long wear cream eyeshadows to softly define and shape the eyes. I used slate, brown metal and opal shades to give a soft, natural look. I lined the eyes with Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof pencil to define. I finished iff with several coats of Chanel sublime mascara and kept brows groomed and natural. Nothing moved all evening, and all three ladies looked stunning hours later.
Lips: I opted for Clinque Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazlenut for the mums, and a pinkier Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion on the bride, onto a base of Chanel lip liner in Beige. This was the only part of the whole look that needed lots of topping up through the day.