Summer Wedding Makeup Part 1

We're so happy to have our guest blogger, Celine Russell, back to show us how to look flawless even in this summer heat! (1. L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base 2. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer 3. Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray 4. Urban Decay De-Slick)

Hi Ladies!

I was so excited when Mariée Ami asked me for another post! It's fun to dream up helpful posts for different seasons of the year. With summer upon us in the Deep South, meaning sticky humidity and fighting frizzies, we gotta get strategic with out summer makeup looks. Hopefully these simple tips will keep you looking great for all your summer parties and weddings!

PRIMERS 1. I've never really been big into primers...until now! I am a "less is more" kind of girl, and I really try to help my clients look their best without tons of unnecessary products. Lately, however, I've come to realize the value of primer. First of all, if you tend to go shiny, which most of us do in the summer, a mattifying primer in your t-zone will help keep that area shine free all day. You'll want to put this on (a small amount goes a long way with primer) after you wash your face and moisturize and before you put on your makeup. Make sure it is totally soaked in a dry before applying other products. For brides that need to last all day and who typically go really shiny by the end of the day, I recommend little to no moisturizer after she washes her face, then prime. If you start with a heavy moisturizer you'll be fighting a losing battle all day with shine.

One cheapie I've found that works well is L'Oreal's Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base (kudos to Kerri Bunn for the tip!) I put this right into the T-zone (in between the eyebrows, right on the cheek area beside the nose and chin) These areas look shiny / sweaty in photographs if overly slick. Another product line I've heard a lot about is the Urban Decay's De-Slick products, primer gel and setting spray. If you have this one and like it (or don't), let me know! I always love feedback on products. That's how I find my many great treasures!

2. Another good area to prime is your eyelid under shadow, especially for an event. The idea here is that our lids get shiny and slippery. Also, our skin zaps up pigment from the color so it doesn't stay as true all day without a primer. Eyeshadow primer is not one I keep in my daily arsenal for myself but for an all day event, it's great to work in the time to apply it. One that I like right now is Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Others I've tried made it hard to blend shadow across the eye, the shadow just kind of stuck in place. I've had good success with this one.


See more of her work from SarahAshley and Hannon’s weddings. Celine works on editorial, advertising and commercial shoots. Weddings were an unexpected offshoot of her business as brides started discovering her knack for natural, elegant, effortless looks. Maybe one of these days she’ll make it official and put up a wedding site! - See more at: