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My 5 (No-Brainer) Melt-Proof Makeup Tips

Posted 06/14/11 at 08:04PM by Audrey Fine

Even when you're not the bride, you want your makeup to look good for a wedding -- which can be a challenge when it's 96 degrees in the shade. And since I have my cousin's "big day" coming up next month, I've been cornering experts as I encounter them to get tips on how not to melt when I'm stuck out there in the Santa Barbara, Calif. sun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (I won't get into how I feel about that aspect of the wedding weekend. Wrong time. Wrong place.)

Here, in no particular order, is what I've been able to glean from my in-the-know contacts...

Tip 1: Use your facial moisturizer (with SPF) sparingly or switch to an oil-free one -- you're just going to sweat it off anyway and it will make you look (and feel) sweaty the minute you get into the sun.

Tip 2: Use a mattifying primer (on both face and eyes) that will absorb excess moisture before applying blush.

Tip 3: Use waterproof mascara to prevent perspiration from causing unwitting raccoon eyes. (Waterproof eye makeup is always a good idea at a wedding, regardless of temperature.)

Tip 4: Apply long-wearing lipstick or lip stain -- they're heat and humidity proof. (And, it'll be nice to not have to worry about breaking any of the lipstick laws.)

Tip 5: To help set your makeup and keep it looking fresh throughout the day, indulge in a light dusting of translucent powder. (Hint: if you're over 40, avoid the eye area.)

There you have 'em -- five easy but totally doable tips that'll keep you from becoming a melt-y mess. Want to learn some expert tips for great, frizz-fighting hairstyles? click away.
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