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07 January 2015

How to get Luscious Bridal Lips

So many brides are going the DIY route when it comes to bridal makeup (something that is becoming more and more ‘done’ since Kate Middleton DIY-ed her bridal makeup). If this is you, allow me to share a few tips on how to achieve luscious bridal lips.

Prep for weeks in advance

First thing to note is that gorgeous bridal makeup is not achieved just on the day of your wedding. The prep for this starts weeks in advance. So, about a month (or more before your big day begin prepping your lips. Use a scrub (you can make this at home using olive oil/coconut oil/almond oil and sugar or use one from Lush) and then apply a moisturising lip balm (Carmex and Burt’s Bees are personal favourites). Do this every morning and then keep your lips moisturised during the day and before bed.

To line or not to line

As well as ensuring your lipstick doesn’t bleed, lining also creates the appearance of fuller lips. Always go the same colour as your lipstick or slightly lighter – never, ever darker. An alternative is to invest in a clear liner, like cult favourite Ozone from Urban Decay, which stops your lip colour from feathering.


Next, use a primer like MAC’s Prep and Prime or Too Faced Lip Insurance. This ensures your lip colour is distributed evenly across your lips.

Fill in with lip brush

Using a brush will press your colour into your lips, ensuring it lasts longer. Illamasqua do a great one.


The colour you go for largely depends on two things, the rest of your look and your undertones. Pinks and nudes are the most popular bridal colours, red can look fabulous too and darker colours work wonderfully for evening and winter weddings.

Everyone’s skin has undertones of either yellow or pink, yellow is warm, pink is cool and yellow is warm, stick to shades that compliment your tone.

Clockwise from top left:

NARS Cruising

NARS Honolulu

Tom Ford Spanish Pink

YSL  Nude Beige Rouge Volupte Lipstick

MAC Ruby Woo

Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick 

Dior 999

Charlotte Tilbury Sexy Sienna

Chanel Origandi Rose

Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate



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