how to rock red lips on your wedding day

When someone in the family runs a business related to the wedding industry, it’s a given they’re going to be your go-to.


Although I try to avoid doing make ups of people I know (it’s so nerve-wracking!), I couldn’t say no to my only sister. Not one for make up, but someone I can be totally frank with, I didn’t mind all that much. Plus, what a great way to make sure she looked her best and I reaped the praise on the big day…

After seeing the shots now she has her photos back, and having been asked by a friend of hers just what it was I used for her own big day, I was keen to share it with you all. It really was a true classic red lip and not much else, which did exactly what we intended. She looked perfected, but not plastic – a glamorous version of herself, or like a 40s Hollywood starlet as one of the groomsmen said to me!


Let’s start with base. I’ll say, my sister was definitely the one who got blessed with the good skin. Clear, even and only ever occasionally dry, she didn’t need much at all. For this, Mac Face & Body was the obvious choice. It perfects but can be worn so sheer and with a good primer (Illamasqua Matte), it stayed in place seamlessly all day. It gives such a radiant glow on the right skin! I used Mac’s Prep & Prime Highlighter pen in Light Boost under her eyes and touched up what areas needed it with some Mac Select Moisture Cover Concealer. A slight contour with Mac Harmony, a dusting of Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 01 and a very subtle swipe of my new Milani Rose Powder Blush in Bright Coral, the most stunning colour, made for the perfect base.

If you’re going for a red lip on an occasion like this, I always advise to keep everything else natural. My sister isn’t a big make up wearer and I feared her husband looking on in horror if I applied too much! I used Urban Decay Velvet Pencil Liner in Lush (a taupe-bronze) along the top and bottom lashes, which I smudged out, a few coats of my fave Lancome mascara and left it at that. I tamed her brows very lightly with a few flicks of the ash toned browns from the Smashbox Full Exposure palette and a whizz of clear mascara.


And for the lips? My new favourite. The most classic red – Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in Mysterious Red. Not the easiest to apply to someone else with a brush, but the most fuss-free and longlasting red I’ve encountered. There’s a reason these are so popular! We picked this up when I went over to Copenhagen in July from Sephora. We swatched every red they had and there was no contest. I’ve recommended the formula at least, to every bride since that’s looking for a wedding-resistant bold lip! Wearing a matte red looks so modern and will last much longer than glossier formulas.

Although an overzealous kiss meant her perfectly lined lips only last an hour (I like to think every took them in as she walked down the aisle!), I was over the moon with how she looked. Everything lasted and she had the glow I was aiming for. Not too much and not too little, the make up fitted so well with her dress and classic hair. Unfortunately there are limited photos of her up close on the day, but here are a few so you can see the whole look and how it fitted together. First photo by me, second two by photographer Ryan Muir (New York based). After this, I had the pleasure of making up three more brides this summer in a gorgeous rouge lip! I’d definitely be inclined if it were my turn…

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