Bridal Club Magazine
Wedding Day Lipstick for the Bride
One of the last things we use when applying make-up is lipstick
and most of us can feel somewhat undressed if we don't apply that
wonderful streak of colour to our lips before going out the
When we pop off to the ladies we always have to check to see if
our lipstick is still there and smudge free and of course the
inevitable reapplying takes place.
Advertisements' lure us with promises of lipstick colours
staying well and truly put for 10 to 15 hours but as most of us
know that's just not the case!
If there is one part of our make-up we want to remain the same
as when we first applied it, its lipstick and unless you're willing
to or have the budget to pay out hundreds of pounds on 'stay-put'
lipsticks there are a few short tips that can help your lipstick to
remain longer than normal.
Preparation For Applying Lipstick
- Base. Use a thin layer of your usual foundation to your
lips. Using foundation will also tone down your lip colour but will
give more staying power.
- Lip liners/pencils go a long way in helping your lipstick
remain where it should be and not bleed. Thinner lips can be given
a plumper look by using a slightly darker shade than your lipstick
or apply liner just outside the natural lip line and dab a tiny dot
of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip. You can use your
lip liner as a base as well as you placing a line on your outer
lips. (Although lips will look softer and less defined
if lip liners are not used)
- Put lipstick on in layers without going over the lip liner
- Layers should be built up gradually. Blot with tissue
between each layer but don't place tissue between lips and squeeze
together. Take the gentler approach by applying the tissue
flat to your lips to get a much better chance of not smudging.
- Powder and blotting is another way to help lipstick stay
longer. When placing tissue on lipstick between layers very
lightly dust the tissue with your usual powder brush. This
way produces tiny filters of powder in settling the lipstick
- Lip- brushes will ensure better coverage than applying with
your finger or straight from the tube. When applying lipstick
with a brush it gives a more solid foundation and normally last
- To stop the horror of lipstick on your teeth once you have
applied your lipstick put your finger into your mouth and pull
gently. Any extra lipstick will come off on your finger.
Lipstick Colours to Suit You
Just because you really like a particular lipstick shade or your
best friend's colour looks great does not mean it will
automatically suit you. Lipstick colour like a lot of make-up
and clothes we wear will only look its best if you have matched it
up well with your skin colour.
Coral coloured lipstick can really be worn and carried off well
by only a few people and orange and brown shades can make your
teeth look yellow.
For those with not so perfect white teeth you can play
down the 'yellowness' of them by using lipsticks with a bluish
undertone. Plums, pinks, wines and violets are shades that
work well in this instance.
If you are going to be wearing a deep red lipstick then it will
be better to keep the rest of your make up light to avoid that
clownish look. If your eyes are going to be highly decorated,
keep your lipstick a light colour that does not stand out.
Lipstick Care and Repair
When your favourite lipstick snaps off you can fix it by placing
a lighted match just underneath the broken part for a moment till
it softens and then place it back onto the base. Close the
lipstick back into the tube and place in the fridge for a few hours
to 'set' again.
We've all done it - got down to the last scrap of lipstick or
it's all caked inside the tube just when that particular colour is
needed! By using an orange stick or cotton bud you can pick
out what's left and mix it with a tiny drop of Vaseline or some
lip-gloss to save the day.
If you end up with a load of almost empty lipsticks in your
make-up drawer, don't throw them out. You can experiment with
new colours by placing the remnants of each tube into a tiny box
and place in the microwave for a few seconds till melted. Mix
them together and hey presto, a new coloured lipstick that is great
for handbag use.
Bridal Lipstick - Quick Tips
Some quick pointers to get the most out of your lipstick.
- Never try on a tester lipstick as it's really quite
unhygienic. Instead use your fingertips to test as these are
the closest colour and texture to that of your lips.
- Try and avoid very oily foods as the oil will attack your
lipstick and all your hard preparation will have been for
- Matte Lipsticks will last far longer than greasy or glossy
- Keep lipstick in the fridge to make it last longer.
- For the mature woman a cream lipstick looks better than a matte
- If your lipstick is a pale colour its best to use a nude lip
- Lick your lips before taking a drink as this will help your
lipstick stay on your lips not the glass, or better still always
use a drinking straw.
- To keep gloss on for longer first fill your lips with lip liner
and then apply gloss on it. The gloss has something to stick to and
therefore lasts longer.
These tips and suggestions can help towards keeping
your beautifully applied lipstick on that little bit longer and
with the added confidence of knowing it is still there - on that
perfect bridal smile.