So…you know when you reach that point in your life where every time you log onto Facebook someone is getting engaged or married…and the biggest decision of your day is figuring out whether to have cake or ice cream for dessert?
Yep. I’m definitely at that place! But never fear, no matter what your path is in life, we all get our happy endings one way or another. And in case you’re wondering, I went for a cake for dessert tonight!
But if you happen to be one of those people with more than one wedding on your social calendar this summer, never fear because I have five super awesome, save the day tips that are going to help you survive wedding season in style! And as a bonus, I’m giving away MORE amazing products so check out the giveaway at the end of this post!
TIP #1: LAYER, LAYER, AND THEN LAYER SOME MORE
Don’t want your makeup to sweat off in the heat or on the dance floor? Then you better layer it up! My key tips for long-lasting wedding/event makeup are the three holy grails: primer, powder, and more powder. I set everything: use a cream blush and then set it with powder blush; use a gel liner and then set it with a black eyeshadow; put on a cream highlighter and set it with a powder highlighter. The key to long-lasting makeup is making sure it won’t budge!
TIP #2: SET IT RIGHT
When you’re done with your makeup, setting it with good setting powder is an absolute must if you want it to stay in place. But, since there’s typically lots of flash photography at weddings and other high profile events my number one recommendation is to stay away from white powder. I’m sure you’ve seen the disastrous celebrity pictures on TMZ where a red carpet artist accidentally layered on too much white powder on the t-zone and well…it ended badly. Flash photography reflects off of white powder so I always recommend setting your makeup with a light dusting of a powder foundation to prevent any white flashbacks in photos!
TIP #3: PRIME YOUR TEETH
No one – and I mean no one – wants yellow teeth in pictures. Lighting is always a mixed bag at wedding receptions so I make sure to prep beforehand. Here are a few of my essentials:
Prepping for summer event photos is no joke – my best secrets come in fours: Colgate High Impact White mouthwash, a toothbrush with a built-in whitening pen, Optic White Platinum toothpaste, and an Optic White Platinum toothbrush. I usually start this routine the week before an event so I have maximum time to prepare. I usually brush my teeth three times per day so I can get the best effects, and the cleanest teeth!
TIP #4: THICKEN YOUR LASHES NATURALLY
I think lush, thick eyelashes look gorgeous in professional wedding photography but no one wants to see spider lashes! I apply a light coat of my favorite thickening mascara and then take a few bunches of individual eyelashes that are the same length as my real lashes and apply them just at the outer corner. This is a great trick to thicken your lashes and elongate your eyes without having to suffer through multiple coats of mascara that are more likely to smear throughout the night!
TIP #5: WHEN IN DOUBT, BRING BACKUPS
People make fun of me for overpacking but for real, you never know when you’re going to need something! I can’t tell you how many times my habit of stuffing my purse with snacks has saved me during long shopping trips and late-night movie trips. Taking a purse that can fit all the essentials, IS essential! And p.s., carrying a toothbrush, especially one with a whitening pen inside like the Colgate Optic White one, is a lifesaver for if you need a quick fix!
To help you survive the wedding season I’m giving away the Colgate set you to see above to a lucky reader! One reader will receive a Colgate mouthwash, toothbrush with a whitening pen, regular toothbrush, and toothpaste. Enter to win in the widget:
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Giveaway is open from the time of the publish date of this post until July 23 at noon.
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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you picked up a tip or two! And thank you again to Meijer for supporting A Thing of Beauty!