The must-have beauty products to bring to a summer wedding
The essential guide to wedding makeup.
Travelling in the summer often calls for an overhaul of the makeup products you’re using (it’s hot out and there are baggage limits to consider). In this series, we break down the essentials you’ll need to pack for your summer trips. In part three, we explore the beauty products you need (and don’t need) to bring to a summer wedding.
Of all the summer excursions, the wedding offers the biggest beauty challenge. You only have a teensy tiny clutch (and your date’s pockets) to stash your beauty toolkit. And, unlike the cottage or a sweaty music festival, a no-makeup look likely won’t fly here (unless you’re in the over 90 crowd).
Bring: A long-lasting lippy. Your wedding lipstick MO should be “til death (or the midnight buffet) do us part.” But once the wedding begins, keep it in your hotel room. Between cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and dinner, you won’t have time to reapply.
Bring: Your de-shining arsenal. As students of the ELLE Canada beauty class, we’re hoping you used all your long-lasting makeup tricks before you left the house (primer, longwear foundation, setting spray). But in case you need a pre-photobooth touch-up, we recommend a dusting of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Perfector ($55). If you can’t fit powder in your purse, at least stash some oil-blotting sheets – we love Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($20).
Leave: Your foundation. It will only weigh down your purse. If you need to touch up an imperfection, bring concealer.
Bring: A mini-comb or brush. Try Aerin Lauder’s Travel Gold-Tone Hairbrush ($75). This will help you comb out the inevitable tangles from whipping your hair back and forth on the dance floor. (I had a full-on dreadlock in my curls after my sweaty wedding.) Bonus: Your beau will thank you when his Don Draper ‘do starts to resemble Stan Rizzo’s boho locks.
Bring: A mini-straightener. This is not a joke. Humid summer weddings = either frizz or limp curls (depending on hair type). The T3 Single Pass Compact Iron ($100) is lightweight and small enough to fit in an envelope clutch. It will also ensure you are the personal saviour of everyone in the ladies’ room.
Leave: Your mascara. There’s always the chance the father of the bride speech will make you weepy. Opt for lash extensions or fake lashes just in case.
Bring: Bobby pins, a scrunchie (they’re baaaaack) or a hair clip. Once the “YMCA” and “Grease” medleys start, you’ll want to throw your hair up into a topknot.
Bring: Advil. Okay, it’s not a beauty product, but it’s always good to have some Ibuprofen on hand – whether it’s becuase of too-tight heels or too many cocktails, the last thing you want is a headache.