Top Lipstick Tips for the Perfectly Pouting Bride
09 Jul 2015
It can make or break your bridal make-up look, so we've found out how to choose the perfect wedding lipstick colour. Make-up artist Caroline Swaffield takes us through the steps
Lip size, skin tone, finish and shade… there are many factors to consider in the journey to finding your perfect lipstick choice, but in a bid to lead you towards the perfect pout, we’ve asked make-up artist Caroline Swaffield, of Amazing Face in Dorset, to share her 4 step guide to finding the perfect pout and top tips on how to apply, and maintain, the finished look.
1. Choosing a shade
Colours this year for lips are heavy on the corals, nudes and cherry reds all which promote radiance and make a heavenly photo.
Nudes: Subtle and classic, nudes are best suited to the classic and natural brides, who want their eyes and dress to do the talking. Pink nudes are best suited to fair skin tones.
Pinks: Romantic and radiant, pink hues are perfect for the romantic bride. With a wide range of shades, there’s something for many tones but pinks are best suited to fair and medium skin tones.
Reds: Eternally carnal, but elegant and stylish, there is a red to suit every bride: cherry red for the fair, the brighter end of the scale for medium skin tones and deep reds for dark skin tones. Be bold!
2. Consider the finish
Matte: Dramatic bold inspiring, matte lipsticks are en-trend for 2015.
Moisturising: Glossy pouty and promising, glossy lipsticks are a safer choice for those who suffer with dry lips.
3. Analyse your lip size
Thin lips: Brides with thin lips should avoid dark colours as because it makes them appear so much smaller - wear lighter nudes and corals instead.
Large lips: Larger lipped brides can use a darker shade. This flatters and complements, and plays down the size.
4. Find your skin tone
Fair skins tones should use pinks nudes and cherry reds (yellows and brown tones can wash out).
Medium skin tones pinks with brown undertones and the brighter end of the red scale staying away from pale colours.
Dark skin tones purples and reds look amazing.
On the big day: apply and maintain the perfect lipstick
The biggest challenge for lipstick-wearing brides is maintaining the look – you want it to be as long lasting as possible, and these are the ways to make it happen:
1. Pre-lipstick prep
On the morning of your wedding exfoliate lips as well as face and moisturise well. Any dryness, flaking or peeling can be gently eliminated by using a toothbrush (moisturise and never pull peeling skin off).
2. It’s a one-liner
Once the base is complete, use a lip liner to stop lipstick bleeding. If you are not comfortable with one, just use a little in the V and outer corners of the mouth it makes lipstick look less harsh and completes the lips making them whole when you smile!
3. Blot and powder
Apply lipstick blot and reapply blot then powder and if necessary apply again. To keep lipstick off your teeth, pop your index finger into mouth and pull out any excess that would have gone on your teeth will now be on finger! Wipe finger so it doesn't go on your dress.
4. The finishing touch
Lipgloss is next, this makes touching up quicker and easier but if wearing a veil make sure it's not too sticky.
Make-up artist Caroline Swaffield’s favourite 4 lip products:
1. Dior universal lip liner, £20.50
This is a clear liner that outlines and stops bleeding.
2. Dior Lipglow, £24
A colour awakening lip balm that draws on your own skins magical chemistry to create your own colour so it's you but better giving you a just bitten natural look for those that don't like a lipstick but need a little ‘something’ for those photos!
3. Love, Honour and Be True bridal lipsticks, £12
Love, honour and Be True make 5 purely bridal lipsticks – there’s one that suits everyone. These are all long-lasting, non-bleeding lipsticks that suit all skin tones. They are UK made and, importantly, cruelty free (Caroline Swaffield is a Dorset stockist). They also have cool names like I Do, Kiss the Bride, Just Married, Blushing Bride and Love Story.
4. Mac matte lip collection, £15.50
Mac has launched fantastic selection of matte lipsticks for summer 2015, including some old favourites that are perfect for that special day.