Wedding season is here — which means that shopping for new dresses, breaking in heels and locking down sweat-proof makeup techniques are all currently on your to-do list. But don’t stress, we’ve been there, which is why to cap off PeopleStyle’s wedding week, we’re answering the six most frequently asked questions in order to keep you looking your best from the ceremony through the afterparty.
Question: What kind of shoes can you wear to an outdoor wedding that won’t sink in the grass but still feel formal?
Answer: Luckily, the short stacked heel and wedge are really in right now and there are a ton of great options. Look for something with a metallic sheen or embellishment to make it feel dressier. If it’s outside somewhere like the beach, try a jeweled flat sandal.
Courtesy Nordstrom (block heel), Lord and Taylor (wedge), Express (flat)
Question: What’s the best way to prevent frizz on a humid or rainy wedding day?
Answer: Celebrity hairstylist Matt Fugate advises styling your hair as close to the time of the wedding as possible. “I see so many women get early morning blowouts and have them frizz and fluff by the afternoon and picture time,” he says. And whether or not a last-minute styling session is an option, Fugate recommends stashing a solid serum like Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime Serum Solide in your bag for touch-ups throughout the night.
But if you’re just not down to take a chance, grab your strong-hold hairspray and go for a style with zero chance of fluff, like a super-slicked bun that he created on Karlie Kloss. It looks glamorous with any dress and won’t fall victim to humidity.
Question: Can I re-wear an old bridesmaids dress to a wedding?
Answer: Bridesmaids dresses have gotten major upgrades in the past few years — they’re not the taffeta terrors of the past. This is a great way to get some extra wear out of a dress that probably cost you some serious cash. First take into consideration who is attending the upcoming wedding and who attended the wedding you were in. To really make the dress look different, add some statement accessories. Try a bold earring or statement necklace or even a cool heel or fun clutch with embellishments!
Watch as we answered all of your questions in the video below!
Question: What do wear to an evening wedding in the summer to keep you warm?
Answer: For something other than a wrap, try a blazer (like the one below, from Topshop). The key is to make sure it’s not too stiff or form-fitting — silk or a softer material makes it feel a little dressier and less office-ready. Also, look for one without buttons so it can hang free and won’t cover your dress. The best part? You don’t have to really wear it. Try draping it over your shoulders for a chic nighttime look!
Question: How do I touch up sweaty skin without ruining my makeup?
Answer: “The key is to always blot before applying touch-up powder,” celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says. But for sweaty situations, your average blotting papers or tissues won’t cut it, he warns. Instead, Barose says to stash a paper towel in your clutch (he swears by Viva, sold at drugstores), which will soak up sweat without smudging your makeup. The last step? A swipe of sheer mattifying powder like Lancôme’s Translucence Pressed Powder on your T-Zone will keep you dry and prevent unwanted shine in photos.
Question: Is it possible to wear a red lip without having to touch it up all night?
Answer: There’s always a way to make a red lip work. Your best bet? Reese Witherspoon’s go-to makeup artist Molly R. Stern says to start out with a long-wearing stain as a base before topping it with a creamy, deeply-pigmented red lipstick. “After applying the stain, blot it immediately, firmly pressing the color into the lips. Then apply a creamy, deeply pigmented lip color.” And for the easiest makeup-free touch-ups throughout the night, Stern recommends a red balm, which will keep lips hydrated without creating a mess.
What are your tips for looking flawless all night? Sound off below!
— Sarah Ball and Jillian Ruffo