10 Perfect (and Perfectly Heat-Proof) Makeup Ideas for Outdoor Weddings
Outdoor wedding season has arrived, which means brides and guests are once again in search of kiss-proof, melt-proof, fresh-looking but fixed-in-place makeup ideas. We asked celebrity makeup artists Min Min Ma and Andrew Sotomayor to provide their best tips for star-inspired styles that look great in steamy humidity, hot weather, and natural outdoor lighting.
Idea 1: Go for Lavender Lids Like Lily Collins
“Purple is one of those colors that you want to apply just where it's supposed to go,” says Sotomayor—otherwise this shadowy hue can end up looking like a bruise. His advice: “Cream shadow can be the best option to avoid fallout.”
Another key to purple perfection: Choosing a shimmery finish. “It brightens eyes too so you look more awake and gives a 3D effect.” Try: Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Cream Shadow Stick in Amethyst, $25, sephora.com.
Idea 2: Add Surprise Eye Gems Like Emma Stone
Want sparkling eyes without the chaos of glitter? Place little gemstones in the corners instead. All you need is some rhinestones (like the kind you buy at craft stores) and some non-latex, transparent eyelash adhesive like Lilly Lashes Power Liner Eyeliner and Lash Adhesive Hybrid, $20, sephora.com.
When it comes time to apply, says Ma, “Less is more. Too much glue is not only messy but creates build-up between the skin and the gem—that makes it less long-lasting. I recommend dabbing a bit onto the back of the gem, then applying directly to the skin.”
Idea 3: Opt for Daytime Smoky Eye Like Naomi Ackie
The trick to making a soft smoky eye last in hot weather is all in the smudging and layering technique you use, according to Sotomayor.
First, he starts with a cream eyeshadow (“I absolutely love the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color”), then smudges it out with a fluffy brush until he gets a more sultry wash of color. Then, he says, “I layer on just a thin veil of shadow in a similar color to help it last even longer.”
Idea 4: Opt for a Rose Gold Glow Like Hailey Bieber
“Rose gold looks great on a lot of skin tones and on every part of the face,” Sotomayor says. His trick to an all-over warm metallic look that reads natural: “I like to make the look a little richer by using a variety of textures.”
That means opting for a matte rose gold lipstick for lips, shimmery highlighter on the cheekbones, and a matte eyeshadow all over the lids with a matching shimmery hue on the high points and inner corners. Try: bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Rose, $29, ulta.com.
Idea 5: Bet on Fuchsia Lips Like Olivia Culpo
Nothing says hot girl summer like vibrant lipstick. Red is classic, sure, but fuschia has more of a tropical vibe that was basically made for a destination wedding. When it comes to picking a hue that works for you, Ma says, “You want to pair a cool-toned pink lip color with skin with cool undertones and warm with skin with warm undertones. Someone with neutral undertones can use both!”
Idea 6: Draw on Graphic Eyeliner like Jourdan Dunn
For a cat eye that reads as whimsical, cool, and never, ever heavy, consider ditching the filled-in version and using a waterproof liner to create the outline of one instead.
Sotomayor has a tip to make the process easier: Position yourself in front of a large mirror, then “tilt your chin up and look slightly down. This tends to make your eyelid a little flatter during application.” Try: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, $8, ulta.com.
Idea 7: Spotlight Glowing Skin Like Tiffany Haddish
Looking glowy is good. Looking greasy is not. And it’s tricky to strike that balance, particularly on humid days. Ma’s secret for that “lit from within” look is to use a cream-based product that’s iridescent—not shimmery. “Focus the application on the cheeks, temples and bridge of the nose and don’t forget any showing body skin,” she says. Try: jane iredale Glow Time Highlighter, $28, dermstore.com.
Idea 8: Warm up Cheeks Like Olivia Munn
Making flushed cheeks the star of your look is a shortcut to looking flirty and romantic. Making the look last on oily skin in the sun? That’s a little trickier. Sotomayor’s strategy: “I suggest you apply a creamy cheek shimmer first, then layer powder blush on top. The At First Blush from Carmindy Beauty is a set that comes with both.”
To apply, he says, “the cream can be put directly where you want it to go and gently smudged out with fingers or a brush. Then, layer the powder blush on top.”
Idea 9: Go Monochromatic Like Lizzo
All-one-color looks are a no-brainer when it comes to an easy, no-fuss style. Some folks like to use their lipstick on both eyes and lips, but Ma notes that often can lead to color migrating to the creases of your eyelids.
Two ways to make sure it doesn’t budge: Use a primer like Urban Decay Cosmetics Ultimate Ozone Multi Purpose Primer Pencil ($19, ulta.com), that’ll lock color into place; or use a multi-purpose product formulated to work on lips and eyes so it stays put, like Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix 24-Hour Cream Color ($19, danessamyricksbeauty.com).
Idea 10: Choose Pastel Pink Eyes Like Anya Taylor Joy
Soft and dreamy pink eyelids are as sweet as can be—with one caveat: This hue can make your eyes look a bit washed out if you’re not careful. That’s why Ma recommends loading up a few coats of volumizing mascara so your eyelashes really pop and accentuate the shape of your eyes. Try: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $11, ulta.com. Not dramatic enough? Add a ring of eyeliner, too.