Below are three colour variations for brides looking to choose their lipstick colour for the big day. Make sure you read to the end of the post for some makeup artist tips and tricks to get that lipstick to last from the ceremony through to the cake, and out on the dance floor!
Your Lips But Better: This is a great option for the bride that doesn’t wear a lot or any makeup in her day to day life, but wants to look great in photographs. Choose a lipstick that is a shade deeper than your natural lip tone. You will not look washed out in photographs, and it won’t be a real departure from how you look naturally. You do have to be comfortable, so if you are not used to wearing anything on your lips, don’t go for anything too emollient (like a gloss) or too matte (like a stain). A lipstick that is semi-matte is a good option. Layer the lipstick with an undercoat of lip liner for extra staying power.
Love a Good Nude Lip: For the bride-to-be that loves a good nude, this tip is for you! Nude lipstick is great and really versatile, but for photography, it can look washed out and overall, be very unforgiving. Definition in photography is key with every feature from eyes, lips and cheekbones being highlighted. With that in mind, go for a nude that has some dimension to it, nothing too flat or matte. Stay away from nude lipsticks that have a white base, and stick with the more pink or caramel-based nudes. For darker tones, brown-based and golden nudes are flattering.
Plums & Darker Lip Colours: Plummy purple-based tones work beautifully all skin tones. If you love wearing darker lip colours in your real life, why not wear them for your wedding day? I say go for it! Try complimenting that plum lipstick with a gloss that has a golden shimmer running through it. This will add dimension to the lips and makes them look fuller. Gloss also catches the light beautifully in photography. Since there are a variety of gloss formulas these days, so you don’t have to resign yourself to something thick and sticky.
Now that we have gone over some lip options, here are some makeup artist tips for getting that lipstick to last:
- Powder the edges of your lips with some translucent powder. This helps the lipstick from bleeding around the edges of the lip line
- Try using a square lip brush. The straight edge of the brush is easier to use and more forgiving around the lip line.
- Try matching your lip liner to your lips, not your lipstick. That way, when your lipstick wears away, you are left with a fuller pout, and you don’t see the colour of the pencil, but just beautiful lips!
Written by Daniela Polla, Toronto Makeup Artist | www.facetimemakeup.com