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4 wedding guest makeup looks for summer

4 wedding guest makeup looks for summer
Team LF
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If you're a wedding guest this summer, you'll want the perfect wedding guest makeup. Whether you're heading abroad or staying in the country, we have the perfect products designed to flatter, enhance and radiate your natural beauty.

Which is the right wedding guest makeup look for me?

The garden party

If you're heading to the countryside this summer to celebrate your friend getting married, chances are you'll be spending a little time outside enjoying the sunshine. If this is the case, and you're heading to the most celebratory of garden parties, you will need lightweight makeup that looks fresh, as well as a spritz of floral perfume to match your botanical surroundings.

Any rules?

  1. Opt for a maximum of SPF 15 foundation. You'll need some protection as you're outside, but anymore and you'll get flashback in photos.
  2. Do wear a dewy and fresh blusher; bronzer is not for the occasion here.
  3. Don't forget a floral scent - nothing says English summer quite like jasmine and rose inspired fragrances.

Key products

The black tie ball

Heading to somewhere a little more formal and dressed-up? Think Olivia Lerner in Bride Wars aka Kate Hudson. A natural smokey eye, lashings of mascara and a hint of glossy colour on the lips. Not forgetting the Vera Wang Perfume, as wedding guest etiquette wouldn't permit us to come waltzing in in a custom-made Vera Wang gown.

Any rules?

  1. Learn how to perfect the smudged eye liner look under the eye. It will take practice.
  2. Keep a coloured balm in your handbag throughout the day to add colour and gloss. Multitasking makeup as its best.
  3. A more matte base looks better in these scenarios - you're in a ballroom not a beach. Sweaty complexion is not the look.

Key products

The boho beach do

Who could resist RSVP'ing to a wedding on the beach? The perfect wedding guest makeup here is incredibly light, fresh and minimal. Think multitasking products with a gorgeous shimmering eye look. Opt for natural and clean brands as you're at one with nature, and please do not forget the OUAI Wave Spray for beautiful boho curls that last through the night.

Any rules?

  1. Don't forget to pack your curling tong for natural waves. We love the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong with a chunky barrell for looser waves.
  2. Don't pack foundation; it'll crease in the heat and leave your skin looking oily. Opt for BB or CC cream instead such as the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream with SPF30. If you have a spot, dab a small amount of Too Faced Born This Way Concealer on the imperfection.
  3. Skip the blusher and opt for bronzer for a natural, sunkissed look.


The rustic affair

If you're heading to a converted barn this summer and want the perfect wedding guest makeup look, you'll want to opt for a red lip, lightly highlighted skin and great brows. You want a naturally strong finish to your complexion that blends in with your equally natural but structured surroundings. Oh, and do not under any circumstance forget to wear the Paco Rabanne Olympéa Eau de Parfum. It settles into a delicate Sandalwood scent; perfect for the occasion.

Any rules?

  1. Don't wear a smokey eye makeup look. The red lip will be strong enough.
  2. Do get your brows shaped beforehand. The product will then add a touch of colour and definition.
  3. Go subtle on the highlight; you're not heading into outer space.

Key products

  • MAC's Ruby Woo is a cult product that suits all skin tones. Sheer it out for a lighter look or build-up if you want to go bolder.
  • Sweep benefit Gimme Brow through your brows for a natural yet strong look. If you want to add a little more definition, add in some brow pencil to create natural hair-like strokes.
  • Perfect your skin by applying MAC's Prep + Prime Fix + Pinklite. It sets your foundation and adds a luminous sheen.
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