It’s always such an honour for me to be asked to a wedding or a shoot anywhere, but when I get asked to fly to another country for work – that takes my happiness to another level.

Last week I was very lucky to be a destination makeup artist in the sunny Valencia in Spain. I was also double lucky as it is another place in the world where they speak a language that I am learning. My other language that I am attempting is French for all you babes looking at destination weddings in France – hit me up ;-).

It was hot. Even for November it was hot. The shoot was for a new product launching next year and the brief was fresh and natural makeup. Oh heyyy – did someone say my name?

The two models having hair and makeup needed to look fresh and glowy – not sweaty, and as the shoot was fast paced, we needed very little touchups to save time. The shoot was packed from 6am until we lost the light at about 5.30pm, so any time saved would be beneficial.

The go to products for destination weddings allow the skin to breath, to look healthy and to stay for as long as possible. This all starts with skin prep. Using the right skincare can make the difference between makeup staying put or sliding off in the middle of the shoot or ceremony.

Skincare

I am a big fan of French skincare and so my go to cleanser is Avene. This is great for sensitive skin. It rids the skin of dirt and makeup and doesn’t leave a residue. Vichy make a really great serum which is perfect if your skin needs a little more hydration. Working or getting married in a warmer climate can sometimes leave your skin a little dry so adding extra moisture to it is essential. If your skin is dry, it can have a tendency to suck up any liquid on the skin leaving the face looking patchy – not something for a wedding day I’m sure you’ll agree.

My favourite moisturiser has an SPF in it which is absolutely essential for a destination wedding or photoshoot in a sunny climate. Some artists will tell you that SPF is not a good idea for photographs but it really depends on the product. Vichy has a great moisturiser with an SPF in and it will not look bad on the camera. Sunburn is also not a good look at your wedding and especially not ideal for shoots that last a few days. Models have to look the same though-out, not more tanned or burned

Setting Spray

Setting spray really is a best friend when it comes to makeup staying in place for a destination wedding or location photoshoot. My go to is the Urban Decay – up all night – setting spray.

Having a wedding hair and makeup artist who is experienced with destination weddings in warmer climates is essential to making sure that your day run smoothly.

I hope this helps 🙂