How to achieve the perfect wedding day pout
06 Jul 2018
Get soft, kissable lips for your wedding day; here's how to achieve a pout worth puckering up for
Your first kiss as a married couple is a momentous occasion, so you will want to ensure it's a good one. While many brides tend to throw themselves into new beauty regimes ahead of their big day which aim to achieve wedding-ready skin, their lips tend to go forgotten about.
However, soft, supple and kissable lips have never been more important. Take a look at how you can prep and perfect your pout for that extra special moment.
It goes without saying that maintaining the recommended daily water intake of two litres will ensure healthy and hydrated skin and this applies to your lips too. Dehydrated lips will look and feel dry, cracked and wrinkly, so keep your hydration levels up and avoid sun exposure where possible, wearing a sunscreen specifically designed for the lips of SPF 15 or higher.
At least a month before the wedding, use a weekly lip scrub to get rid of dry skin. Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with a squirt of honey and drop of vanilla to form a paste then massage into the lips with your finger before rinsing off. While the brown sugar serves to slough away dead skin cells, the vanilla will add moisture, soothe the skin and deliver a delicious aroma. Alternatively, a soft toothbrush used gently in circular motions and rinsing in between can also prove effective for particularly stubborn dry skin.
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Use a non-petroleum based lipbalm to seal in moisture, such as Burt's Bees which features sustainably sourced natural beeswax and vitamin E. Petroleum lipbalms are known to sit on the surface of lips rather than actively moisturising, so choose wisely.
Prime and line
When it comes to applying your lip colour for your big day, there is a strict method to follow for optimum results. Follow your exfoliation and moisturisation regime on the morning of your wedding, giving the moisturising lip balm at least 20 minutes to sink in, then - once the rest of your make-up is done - use a lip primer to form your base. Next, use a complementing lip liner to your lipstick to line your lips, using a steady hand to trace and define the shape. These two products combined will ensure your lip colour lasts and stop the colour from 'bleeding'. If you have hired a make-up artist, they will be an expert at this process.
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Apply and blot
Use a lip brush to apply your lip colour for perfect coverage and rub your lips together before blotting once using blotting paper to remove the excess colour. This will help to avoid the colour rubbing off on your teeth or drinks glasses during the day.
Remember to consider whether you want a matte, satin or gloss finish from your lipstick; you can even apply a sheer gloss over your chosen lipstick to avoid shade compromisation. Choose a colour that complements your skin tone, which any make-up artist will be able to assist you with.
Finally, dab a touch of eye-catching illuminator to your cupid's bow to accentuate your lips and further define their shape. Illuminator can also be used along your cheekbones and collar bone for a glowing finishing touch.
Don't forget to pack your lip colour in your wedding day emergency kit or make-up bag for touch-ups throughout the day.