Weddings are sometimes emotional events for all involved. Whether you’re a crier or not, it’s best to be prepared with the right makeup on your special day. In many cultures, tears are an inevitably expected for the bride’s family, because of age-old traditions or the belief that tears on the wedding day will result in a tear-free marriage.
Some also believe that rain on your wedding day symbolises fertility, cleansing and brings good luck to the couple. But, you need to keep your face streak-free and photo-ready. Here’s a list of the best waterproof makeup products out there that every bride should have on her wedding day.
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
MAC has been a favourite brand for women of colour for a long time. Because of their vast range of shades, those who have a problem locating the perfect tone can find one easily. MAC’s Pro Longwear range does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s truly a professional makeup that lasts a long time, which is perfect for the wear and tear expected during a wedding. The formula is creamy and breathable but still has MAC’s iconic buildable factor. So, perhaps it would be best for a winter wedding, however, light enough for a summer or destination wedding. As an oil-free product, the foundation can also be used as just a concealer. It works by repelling water from the surface of the face, giving you a flawless finish.
Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara
There are a lot of waterproof mascaras out there. With so many choices, it’s hard to find the perfect one for your wedding day. My favourite has been Bobbi Brown’s No Smudge Mascara for a while now. Despite being a little small, it’s best used on top of another mascara to create a more voluminous look. As well as this, the small size means that it can fit into your maid of honour’s purse. Ideal if you need a top up on the big day in case the tears do strike.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow
One of the reasons this eyeshadow is perfect for women of colour is because of the shade collection that L’Oreal Paris offers. It covers a range of neutrals, browns, purples and blues, ideal for those with brown eyes. Also, it provides those muted colours necessary for a wedding look. Claiming to be able to last a full 24 hours, this creamy eyeshadow will take you from the ceremony to the end of the reception. The enhanced pigment in the formula is great for transforming effortlessly from a day to night look. Available as single eyeshadows. Just using two shades can give you glamorous, shimmering eyes.
Dior Long-Wear Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
This product is great if you are doing your own makeup on your wedding day as Dior’s Long-Wear Waterproof Eyeliner is the easiest eyeliner to apply. In addition, it comes with a blending brush on the other end to create a softer look. The product comes in three different colours: Trinidad Black, Intense Brown and Captivating Blue. It’s a good way to do simple smokey eyes while maintaining a professional look.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner
Charlotte Tilbury’s extensive lip collection is again, pretty vast and suits women of colour. The website enables you to pick a shade and see how it looks on a similar skin tone to your own. Lip Cheat’s velvety texture lasts up to six hours and is the best in the makeup market for creating a fuller lip look because of its smudge-free quality. You can also use this as an all-over colour block matte look. Lipstick layered on top will make it last until the end of your special day.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila is an underrated makeup brand and their All Day range is essential for any bride’s wedding day. The Liquid Lipstick provides a moisture-rich finish to your final look but will retain a deep colour through any wedding cake mishaps and wine lip stains. Most of the shades that are available are muted and perfect for a classic look.