Makeup Must-haves


By Nav Gillan

When it comes to destination weddings, the common question most brides ask is, “how do I get my makeup to last in the humid weather?”  My number one answer to this question is to choose oil free and waterproof makeup formulas. Here are some of our favorite product recommendations.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30

When in a sunny tropical destination, the number one skin essential is an oil free sunscreen. Choose a light formula and wear it under your foundation to minimize flashback.
$29.50, London Drugs


Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Primer

A flawless makeup application starts with the base. The best way to ensure that your makeup lasts in humid weather is to start your routine with an oil control primer which helps hug your base and prevents the foundation from breaking due to the extreme heat.
$44, Sephora


Makeup Forever Velvet Matte Foundation

Always choose a matte finish foundation as when your natural oils secrete, your face will have a natural glow instead of an oil sheet. This formula goes on matte but does not feel heavy or cakey, and matches your skin.
$48, The Hudson’s Bay

Laura Mercier Setting Powder

Always set your foundation with a translucent or foundation powder to extend your foundation wear. The powder contains unique light-reflecting, micro-refined spherical Silica powders that help create a soft focus appearance, diminishing the look of fine lines and imperfections.
$48, Holt Renfrew

Kat Von D Shade and Light

Cream products, when layered on top of each other, will cause makeup to separate and break in humid weather. If you are going to be somewhere in extreme heat, it is always best to use powder contour because powder will stick to your foundation.
$64, Sephora

NARS Orgasm Blush

The best-selling blush in the industry, Nars delivers silky, superfine micronized powder pigments that adds a pop of colour and delivers a natural-looking flush.
$52, The Hudson’s Bay

Eyeliner & Mascara

An absolute must when traveling to tropical destinations is waterproof eyeliner and mascara. The innovative brush tip of the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner offers effortless, precise application. The Makeup Forever Aqua XL Pencil Liner is smudge and crease-proof offering an ultra-creamy glide-on colour. The look is finished off with a Dior’s Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara, offering intense colour and volume that will last all day and all night.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner $25
Makeup Forever Aqua XL Pencil Liner $25 each
Dior Show Blackout Waterproof Mascara $36
All available at Sephora

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

The All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray work like magic, giving you a mattified complexion that lasts all day long. Just give your face a spritz before you head out the door.
$40, Urban Decay Cosmetics


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born and raised in Toronto where she earned a Honors Degree in Health Care Management, Navneet Gillan now lives in Vancouver and is a Makeup & Hair artist and owner of NVS Studio. She is Blanche Macdonald and Dress Your Face certified.