There’s much to be taken care of whilst planning for your dream day, so it’s important to take into consideration the little things which can have a big impaction your confidence — such as skincare and makeup prep. A breakout is the last thing you want to worry about as your wedding day draws nearer. From your skincare routine to the kinds of makeup products you use, every bride wants to feel her absolute best, even when the climate puts up a challenge. If you’ve selected a stunning, yet hot and humid destination (or are just getting married in sunny South Africa), it’s best to choose products which will keep you feeling refreshed and cool throughout the day. Here are our picks for the top 5 must-have makeup and skincare products for brides getting hitched in the heat.

1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturise

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Hot, humid weather calls for a great moisturiser. Ditch the heavy, creamy face cream and opt for a lightweight, hydrating serum-like moisturiser such as Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser (R620). It’s easily absorbed and provides just the right amount of hydration for makeup application.

2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Light

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Choosing the correct foundation is the key to having the perfect makeup canvas on your big day. Try an oil-controlling base to reduce the amount of moisture interacting with the foundation, which often causes it to melt off. This Estée Lauder Double Wear Light (R600) formulation is 24-hour wearing with a natural matte finish.

3. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Primer Plus Mattifier

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Control any shine and excess perspiration by trying this trick: apply a magnifying primer underneath and on top of makeup. The Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Primer Plus Mattifier (R500) is perfectly lightweight and non-oily for this job.

4. NYX Matte Blotting Paper

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It may sound obvious but keep blotting papers on hand during the ceremony and reception to absorb any excess oil — especially before photographs and after dancing. These NYX Matte Blotting papers (R109.95) are made with 100% pure pulp paper that helps to suck up oiliness.

5. A hairdryer!

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A trick to remember if your facial oil is out of control: put your hairdryer on a low setting and blow it gently over your face to dry it — it’s more effective than trying to cool down with a fan.

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