Summer Bride: The Makeup Essentials

Make up for a summer bride is all about champagne tones, glowing skin and makeup that stays put even in excessive heat!

Doing your own makeup for a summer wedding is the perfect solution for those who want a chilled behind the scenes vibe and control over the end result. It can also be incredibly daunting. With the heat, humidity and inevitable tears of joy to contend with, how can you achieve a stunning, heat-proof, summer bridal look?

Whether you’re getting married in the height of summer or are heading abroad for your big day, the following makeup tips and products are perfect for the summer bride doing her own makeup.


A good primer is the holy grail to ensuring your makeup lasts all day. Although your own skin type should guide which primer you choose, a pore-minimising, mattifying, oil-free primer is generally a must for brides tying the knot in the summer months. By creating a barrier between the skin and makeup, primer will effectively prep your skin for whatever bridal makeup look you are going for.

Sheer Foundation

Heavier, moisturising foundations are more likely to slide around on the skin in the heat, so opting for a lightweight, water-based foundation will help to keep your makeup in place. Alternatively, your favourite tinted moisturiser or BB cream will provide a light coverage that will stay put whilst letting your natural radiance shine through. Avoiding full-coverage foundations will ensure you’ll be looking like the best version of yourself as you make your way down the aisle.

Sunkissed Skin

Nothing says summer wedding like sun-kissed skin. The heat causes blood to rise to your cheeks giving you a natural flush so skipping the blush and letting the sun do the work will prevent a blushing blunder. Instead, lightly sweep your bronzer where the sun would naturally hit you to achieve an instant sunkissed glow.

Waterproof Mascara

A summer bride essential. Avoid a makeup meltdown and opt for a waterproof mascara that will withstand the harsh summer rays and of course those tears of joy! Nothing will make your eyes pop like a jet-black, volumising formula, however, if you want to opt for a more natural bridal summer look, there are also waterproof black/brown or brown hues which will have you looking like the best version of yourself as you make your way down the aisle.

Setting Spray

The ultimate summer wedding makeup product! Setting sprays are essential to ensure your flawless base stays in place. For the summer bride, opting for a formula designed for oily skin and shine prevention will lock down your makeup so that it lasts all day in the sun’s harsh rays. So don’t even think about reaching for the hairspray!

If you want to guarantee you’ll feel your most beautiful and radiant on your big day, having a makeup artist to take care of your summer bridal look can take a huge weight off your shoulders.


My goal with any bride is to ensure they are feeling glamorous, special and confident. So please don’t hesitate to contact me to book in a bridal trial to perfect your wedding look.