Hair and Makeup Tips for Weddings in The Tropics

Every bride wants to feel beautiful on the most important day of her life.  Beauty services are essential.  Tips are valuable and always well received.  We asked Florida based beauty artist Christie Lopez to write a blog post on hair and makeup tips for weddings in the tropics. We’re thrilled to share Christie’s post with you. Enjoy!

Beauty in the Tropics – South Florida and Beyond

Hair and Makeup Tips for Weddings in The Tropics

By Christie Lopez

When destination Wedding Planner extraordinaire, Marva Munroe of Chic Bahamas Weddings and Events contacted me to assist her upcoming bride in Andros Island, Bahamas I was more than honored.  I have been doing bridal makeup over 10 years now in South Florida and have loved everything this journey consists of.  The honor of assisting brides and their loved ones look and feel beautiful on the most special day of their lives is just beyond words.

Hair and Make-up Tips for Weddings in The Tropics

Photo credit: Finding Light Photography

Three Key Hair and Makeup Tips for Weddings in The Tropics

1.When planning a destination wedding in the tropics, climates such as Florida or The Bahamas and Caribbean, it is important to remember a few key tips in order to keep looking fresh all day long.

  • The first item to take note of is your hair style.
  • The second item is your skin and makeup.
  • And the third, is the need for touch-ups.

The bridal hair style must be kept soft and beach-y to match your location of your wedding.  If you are planning a beach wedding, take note of hairstyles such as soft waves and soft up-dos that would accent your dress and theme of your wedding.  This photo was kept soft with a side-braid detail and soft waves, I don’t believe in overuse of heavy hairspray and stiff creams.

I do love the new anti-humidity formulas such at L’oreal Paris Advanced Lock it Hairspray.  Your hairstyle should reflect your own personal style and during your bridal consultation you should let your stylist know what you like and what our stylist know what you like and what you don’t like about your hair so the perfect style can be fit to you and your gown. Extensions are always a good thing when installed properly in order to achieve the desired look.

There is a LOT of wind in tropical destinations, so the securing of your veil is key to keeping it from flying away on you!  Hair accessories really do make the hairstyle stand out even when the veil has been taken out of the hair after the ceremony. Visit Hair Comes the Bride for many options we recommend to our brides and receive 10% off with code: christielopezmakeup.

Humidity/Moisture: Different Preparations, Products Required

Hair and Make-up Tips for Weddings in The Tropics

Photo credit: Papertree Photography

2. Pay attention to is your makeup and skin. Humid and moist climates require different preparations and products to ensure your skin and makeup last for hours. I always recommend my brides begin regular skincare regimen to get everything balanced prior to your big day.

Whether you are oily, dry or combination skin type, it is essential to get it balanced and in check beforehand. When you skin is properly hydrated and exfoliated, your makeup will glide on smoothly with no rough patches or visibly flakes. Invest in a good gentle scrub such as Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya scrub. I personally love this one! Mattifying primers help absorb oils and shine as well as prolong your makeup throughout the day.

Waterproof formulas are also a key product to invest in. I love a good waterproof mascara in black as well as eyeliner. Those two items are so important if you think you will shed a tear walking down the aisle. Make sure to carry a small item to blot a tear as well.

If you plan to wear airbrush makeup, make sure you do not let a tear sit on your face or run down the face without catching it in the tear duct. IT WILL LEAVE a LINE! oh no! You do not want this to show up in your photos. Other than that, airbrush is a perfect choice for hot tropical climates and the ability to stay true for over 12+ hours. Also, my brides love airbrush no matter what skin type they have…but it is wonderful for oily skin because it stays!

Touch ups Between First Look, Ceremony and Reception

Hair and Make-up Tips for Weddings in the Tropics

Photo credit: Joshua Kane Wood

3. Touch ups should definitely be addressed between the first look and the ceremony and the reception. My brides in Florida usually need touch-ups simply because of the heat and the wind. Airbrush makeup requires minimal touch-up however if you do produce more oil and shine, it may need to be mattified.

My bride last weekend had very windy weather and the veil was blowing in the wind and became loose. Needless to say, I am so happy I was able to secure it after her first look, touch up her lip color and also mattify her skin with a colorless finishing powder by Tarte. Your artist can definitely take some stress off you if you book them for touch-ups! Lastly, enjoy your day and trust your artist to take good care of you for your wedding in the Bahamas!