As I was sweating my face off the other day, I dreamed of dunking my head into a tub of foundation to make me look like a normal person again! That is when I knew I had to pick the brain of professional hair and makeup artist, Lori J White. Lori has been servicing our brides for years now and I am still in awe of her dedication and talent she brings. We all know summers in Las Vegas are hot.....VERY hot so I invited Lori to share some hair and makeup tips for summer weddings!
What is the best foundation to wear in the summertime? Summertime. We all look forward to it. But here in Vegas, summer can be unforgiving on our beauty routines! When it comes to foundations, there's a couple different ways to go. A BB or CC cream or tinted moisturizer would be a great alternative if you need a light coverage. They're loaded with antioxidants and yummy things for your skin. And there is one for every budget, from high end to drugstore variety. The CC cream from IT Cosmetics is a lovely one. But there are some girls who just prefer a full coverage foundation no matter what time of year it is. (This is totally me.) If that's the case, go for the long wear variety. You'll get the coverage you want with the breathability you need. Again, there are great ones for every budget. Kat Von D's Lock It is amazing and comes in a wide range of colors. MAC's Pro Long Wear is also great. For the girls on a budget, Revlon Colorstay foundation in either normal to oily or normal to dry is the bomb. It lasts for 24 hours, is easy to work with and doesn't budge even under extreme conditions! But no matter what you choose to go with, be sure to use a primer! They really do help the foundation to go on smoother and last longer. One of my favorites for summer is Smashbox Photo finish light. It works with every skin type, is oil free, and works with every type of foundation. And a great dupe for that is Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro. Love them both. I also love Laura Geller's Spackle in Champagne. Its full of ingredients that baby the skin.
What are your tips on getting eyeshadow not to crease? Eyeshadow creasing! Ugh! We've all been there. But what's a girl to do when its 200° out?? No worries! There are a few tricks that can prevent that from happening. A great eyeshadow primer, like Urban Decay Primer Potion, will work wonders. MAC, Too Faced...most lines have at least one, even the budget friendly lines. They help by preventing oil from coming to the surface of the eyelids. It will also leave a smooth even colored surface for eyeshadow application. Also, you can run your foundation across your eyelids, especially if you're wearing a long wear foundation. Just a light dust of powder, and you're ready for shadow. Personally, I use a concealer on my eyelids. It covers any discoloration and it grabs my shadow really well. If you're looking for a more natural look, you could use long wear creamy shadows. Cream shadows have come a long way. They blend super well, and once they set, they lock on. Typically they're shimmery and come in beautiful summery colors.
How can a bride go about removing sweat from her face without wiping all of her makeup off? So how do you keep your makeup looking fresh in this legendary Las Vegas heat? Oil blot papers! They will be your best friend on a stifling summer day. They magically absorb surface oil and sweat without disturbing your fab makeup job. You can find them anywhere....Ulta, Sephora, department stores, drugstores. Just blot or dab a sheet or two along your face, and voila! Good as new! And there are so many varieties...anti bacterial, lavender, green tea, plain, etc. Plus, they hardly take up any room, so you can tuck a pack in even the tiniest of bags.
With Las Vegas being so dry and then add on the heat, what type of lipstick will last the longest? Lips can really take a beating in extreme heat, so they need a little extra TLC in summer. A lip scrub will help keep lips in tip top shape. Typically made like a sugar scrub, they are a yummy indulgence and really help to prepare lips for lip color. One way to get a pop of color is with lip stains. Not only do they come in a wide array of colors, but they are a breeze to use. Either with a doe foot applicator or in marker form, just a swipe, and let it set. Then top with a gloss or a balm, and you're good to go. Just reapply the gloss or balm as needed. There are some glosses that stain as well, too. Now, if you prefer more color, then a long wear lipstick or lip cream is for you. NYX, Color Pop, Sephora brand, OCC lip tar...there are so many to choose from! Creamy and extremely long lasting, they have a huge color payoff. They will last til the sun comes up! And they do not dry out your lips like the long wearing lip colors of yesteryear.
What hairstyles work best for the hot summer months? For this time of year, I love anything side swept, like either a curly or wavy pony or side bun. It keeps the hair off your neck, which feels great. And incorporating some type of braid is like the cherry on top. Braids are so in right now, and they scream summer. Also, you can't go wrong with a messy updo. It's so classic, and if a few more strands fall, it'll still work.
What are your favorite summer makeup products? Favorite summer makeup products...I think every girl has a few. First, I love a good setting spray, particularly in this time of year. Urban Decay has the legendary All Nighter Spray, MAC has Fix Plus...there are plenty to choose from. A spritz or two will go a long way to keeping your face going all day or night. Also, summer weather usually requires us to switch up our moisturizer and/or skin care routine. Make sure to thoroughly remove your makeup, moisturize and tone. I use witch hazel as a toner... it's awesome for your pores, and feels great, especially if you keep it in the refrigerator! And besides blot papers, my oily skin loves Bare Minerals Mineral Veil or It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores as a finishing powder. Usually I mix the two, and the combination leaves my skin smooth and shine free all day. And the color of the two mixed is perfect for my pale skin tone.
A huge thank you to Lori White for taking the time to chat with me about hair and makeup tips for the summer! Lori will be spending her summer with day trips to Mount Charleston, a few massages, and is looking forward to a trip to Sedona with her husband this October!