When you go to 20+ weddings every spring, you learn a few things. Kat Langdon is a Toronto vocalist who acts as a wedding singer at some of the city’s loveliest nuptials and tells me she’s been to more weddings than she knows people. I believe it. Kat knows “there’s nothing worse than spending 30 minutes on your makeup only to have it melt off after 10 minutes on the dance floor.”, so she’s offered to share her favourite products and tricks for keeping cool (and pretty!) at a summer wedding! Take it from the wedding singer, folks.
Minimal Face Makeup
Moisturize, concealer and go! If you prefer more coverage, lean towards the lightest option (I like Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer). Foundation will be the first to go when the temperature rises so don’t fuss over things that won’t last! Pack a light powder in your clutch for late-night touch ups.
MAC Pigment ($25.00 MAC Stores or The Bay)
This stuff is like gold: long-lasting, buildable colour in a rainbow of shades. Not only that, one little pot will last forever! We’re talking quality here, people. After your tinted moisturizer (and maybe a little powder to set) layer on a pigment of your choice, as light or heavy as you like. The shimmer is perfect for dancing the night away!
MAC Pigment in Melon and Chocolate Brown
MAC Liquid Eye Liner ($23.00 MAC Stores or The Bay)
When I first started performing (many years ago) I was a fresh-faced kid with very little knowledge of makeup. I walked into a MAC store before my first audition and that fateful day the helpful counter girl turned me on to a product that would become my signature look for years to come. This liner has stood by me in the best and worst of times. A solid felt-tip brush and strong pigment makes it easy to apply. Flick out the corners for a 60’s bombshell vibe.
Full brows: subtle but pack a huge punch!
This one may seem a little weird. Here’s one thing I know: it’s a wedding and there will be photos taken. In those photos you never know what crazy tricks wedding lighting can do (disco lights are nobody’s friend). Full brows frame the eyes and will help your natural beauty shine through in every photo. A little brow pencil or shadow in the same shade as your hair colour will make your eyes pop. For this one any shadow will do (just maybe nothing with shimmer, unless sparkly brows are your thing), it’s the colour match that matters. Trust me on this one!
Dior Show Mascara ($25 Sephora.com or Shoppers Drug Mart)
I used to balk at spending more than $10 on mascara. Then one day a fellow performer turned me on to Dior Show and I’ve been hooked ever since. The lift, the depth, the length! For a performer who fears false eyelashes (after a tragic removal incident that left me lash-less for a few weeks) this is the next best thing. Pick up the waterproof version if you’re prone to get a little weepy during speeches!
Mini Hair Braid Trick
This is my favourite little move for keeping cool, onstage and off. If you want to wear your hair down, part it slightly to one side. Take a sliver of the heavier front section from the part to around half-way down to your ear and braid tightly (or twist). Lift the remaining hair and tuck the braid far back behind your ear and secure with a bobby pin. Let the rest of your hair fall back over the braid. It will barely be visible! The mini braid (or twist) will keep your hair from falling and sticking to your face. It will make a world of difference by the end of the night.
Balea Facial Cleansing Cloths (Under $10 at Shopper’s Drug Mart)
At the end of the night the last thing you want is a long beauty routine before you go to bed. Trust me, there have been a few nights I’ve fallen asleep in my gig clothes. Balea Face Wipes are Shopper Drug Mart’s house brand so they’re cheap (for an artist on a budget) and great for sensitive skin. Use them to wipe off any makeup that’s left, wash your face and you’re done.
Happy wedding season! And if you know of anyone looking for a jazz trio or wedding singer, you know who to call. xo
Kat Langdon is a vocalist in Toronto, currently getting ready to write her first album. She also works as bandleader and vocalist in her own jazz trio The Kat Langdon Trio and as a lead vocalist in the Brian Rose Band. Between the two she plays a lot of weddings every year! Follow her on Twitter @kat and Instagram @katlangdon!