Updated: May 19, 2020
The Riviera Maya Mexico has totally become one of our favourite wedding and elopement destinations. With all the dreamy turquoise beaches, epic sunsets and lush rain forests how could you not fall in love with the land! We have made it a ritual to start off our wedding season in Mexico, every January we like to unpack and call Playa Del Carmen home for the month, getting to meet all our wonderful destination brides and taking part in one of the most special moments in their lives in paradise. Our favourite part of doing hair and makeup for weddings is connecting with our brides! We have made so many incredible friendships along the way and never leave a wedding without a round of hugs and maybe shedding a few tears!
Having a connection with your hair and makeup artist is just as important as the talent. You want to make sure you are spending your wedding morning with fun, calm and easy going people to emulate your personal style. We love to blend in as a friend on the wedding day and our brides make it easy! Not only are we hair and makeup, but you will often see us topping up coffees or mimosas for the girls, helping the ladies into their dress or handing out the tissues for the tears! We always LOVE to go above and beyond for our brides!
Destination weddings in the Riviera Maya can be very humid and hot, so you want to make sure your hair and makeup artists have professional long lasting products. We always recommend that our brides drink a lot of water and wear sunscreen while on vacation, this will keep your skin smooth and fresh for your makeup application. We like to use Josie Maran Argan Moisturizer SPF 47, its all natural, paraben-free and not greasy! It is lightweight and great to wear under your makeup!
We also recommend a moisturizing primer. We love MakeUp Forever Step 1 Hydrating Primer. Airbrushing will also give you a long lasting look! We like to lightly apply MakeUp Forever HD foundations by airbrushing over the skin with the air gun, it instantly sets the makeup to your skin leaving you absolutely flawless! You also want to make sure you have an amazing setting spray to seal in the makeup! We often spray setting sprays throughout the makeup application to give you extra hold. We love to use MakeUp Forever Mist and Fix, Mac Prep and Prime or for extra super waterproof hold Ben Nye Final Seal.
The hair is just as important as the makeup and to really get the look the to last, the most important thing is prepping the hair. Always being sure to start with completely dry hair, we like to start with a volumizing power like Powder Puff by Kevin Murphy or a dry shampoo like Bastite Voluminzing (yes! just the drugstore brand, we have yet to find a better professional one). Probably the most important product we use for hair is hair spray, we love Joico 8-1o Power Spray. You can really layer in this spray, brush it out and it never feels crunchy or sticky and really holds the style. To finish the look and add shine and anti-frizz we use a little Davines Oi Oil or for volume all the way throughout the hair we love Bedroom Hair by Kevin Murphy.
We love collaborating with our brides to give them their dream wedding look! You never want to feel pressured into a style that is not you, so make sure you are booking an artist that is a good listener and that is genuinely excited for you! We are happy to announce that we will be back in the Riviera Maya January 2020, contact us now for a complimentary consultation!
Check out a sneak peek of our interview with Riviera Maya based destination wedding expert Moni and her team behind the incredible Sail the Veil and stay tuned for the full video and interview!!