Think of all the smiling, talking, drinking and eating your lips will be doing on the biggest day of your life — not to mention the colossal smooch your future husband will plant on you in front of all of your friends and family. The fact is, your lips will be working overtime on your wedding day, so the colour, shade and formulation of lipstick you choose needs to be carefully considered. Your lips need to look great, be kissable and stay put. Follow these 4 tips for a magnificent matrimonial mouth.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding, prepare your lips by buffing and moisturizing them, daily. You don’t need expensive products to get a supple smile — just a toothbrush and some lip balm will do. Each night after you’ve brushed your teeth, gently rub the bristles of your toothbrush along your lips to remove any dry, cracked skin. Dab with a towel and then slap on some moisturizing lip balm for overnight hydration.
It’s best to choose a lipstick shade that’s neither too bright nor too dark. Brights and darks, while beautiful, are high maintenance and will require supervision and diligence. Pick a colour that is neutral — something that looks a shade or two darker than your natural lip colour. Your safest bet is to use a stain or long-lasting formulation, as these won’t transfer to your glass, guests’ cheeks or your hubby’s lips.
If stay-put formulations aren’t for you and you want to use a creamier texture, be sure to first apply concealer in and out of the lip line. Line and fill lips with a neutral lip pencil and then apply lipstick. Blot with a tissue and reapply lipstick for stay-put colour. Avoid using a sticky or overly shiny gloss, as it runs the risk of bleeding and, post-kiss, might accidentally make it look like the groom’s wearing it, too!
Try to keep an eye on your lips (so to speak) during the day and evening. You don’t need to obsess, though — just grab a look in the mirror when opportunity knocks. And get your bridesmaids on the job, too. Be sure to keep the following essentials in your purse: tissues for blotting and/or removing; lip balm; lip colour; lip liner; pressed powder; compact mirror.
Louise Griew is a Toronto-born makeup artist whose second home is Melbourne, Australia. Her work can be seen in national and international advertising campaigns, magazines, music videos and on TV.