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Makeup Tips for the Savvy Island Bride

July 30, 2017

Many women dream of being a picture perfect island bride, but doing so does not mean you should have layers of caked on makeup! For the perfect glow and chic island style look, keeping your makeup minimal and classy is always the best way to go. Here are a few tips for helping you achieve the beautiful island goddess makeup look.



Keep it Light and Natural

Heavy, caked on make up is a big no in general, especially when it comes to bridal looks. Casual make up looks, keeping it light and going for subtle, natural tones and colors is the way to go. The tropical climate of the Bahamas, especially during the Summer months can be disastrous for thick, layered makeup. Besides, an island wedding is more laid back and casual and your makeup and attire should be a reflection of that.



Moisturize and Protect

The salty, moist atmosphere at the beach can cause excessive drying of the skin. Consider using an SPF based moisturizer to keep skin smooth and moisturized and protect you from the natural elements of the given atmosphere.




Facials, exfoliating and grooming are always a great idea for a fresh, clean look. Consider having all necessary facial grooming, such as waxing or plucking done at least a day or two before the wedding to prevent redness and irritation.



Go Waterproof

In choosing to have a beachside wedding you are inevitably faced with the natural elements of the atmosphere. Opting for waterproof formulas will prevent the risk of your makeup running, smudging and smearing and ensure your look keeps longer through the environmental factors of the beachside. If you find it to be more comfortable, another option is to use a combination of regular and waterproof based makeup.



Skip the Lipgloss

The sticky quality of lipgloss and the breezy atmosphere of a beach environment do not pair well together. To avoid any unwanted hair, sand or whatever else might happen to try to cling to your lips, opt for a matte lipstick or lip stain which is chic and classy and not too bold and does not have that dreaded sticky feel. Or, you can simply choose to go with a lip moisturizer / lip balm which tends to be much kinder to the lips in this particular environment.



Keep Highlighting Minimal

Of course every bride wants to look like a lovely, glowing goddess on her big day, but too much highlighting can do the opposite and have you looking sweaty, oily and too shiny. For a more subtle affect, keep the focus on the inner corner of your eyes, your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose.



Skip the False Lashes

There is no need for extreme lashes for the beach bride look. Big, dark lashes can be a bit too dramatic and overpowering; you want your look to be subtle, chic and sophisticated.



Go Easy on the Blush

Blush can be a tricky makeup piece; too much and you risk looking like a clown and too little and you don’t get the desired affect. The perfect blush to complete your beach bride look is a soft and flattering shade like a light pink tone or a similar color.



If you want Bold, only Focus on one Area

If you prefer a bolder look and want to play up a certain area of your face to stand out, choose one. For example, if you want bold colors on your eyes, be lighter on your lips and other areas of your face and if you want to play up your lips be more forgiving with your eyes. This will accentuate your focal features and avoid your makeup being too harsh in photos.




Not everyone cares to use primer as a base for their makeup, but doing so will help it to last longer. Focus on certain areas, such as the T-zone, using a matte primer to prevent oiliness and looking sweaty.


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