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This year, I’m seeing a trend amongst my brides that I can really get on board with – the statement lip.

After years and years of brides worrying about their eyes and all the available colours of eyeshadow, it’s really refreshing to have a change come about. Not that I don’t love a good smokey eye and a pair of fake lashes … but it’s just nice to play with something new.

Lately, I’ve received requests for the always classic red, the super fun hot pink, and my personal favourite(s) corals and burnt oranges. Brides are pairing the statement lip with a neutral-shaded eye defined with a crisp wing of liner and a good swiping of blush in a matte or satin formula. Despite the fact that the lips may stand out, the end result is a clean, fresh look. In addition, it’s timeless.

If you are a bride hoping to do a statement lip instead of the perfectly shaded eye, here are some tips:

  • be sure to moisturize well and exfoliate the lips – that means lots of chapstick or balm and some scrubbing – however, before you actually apply your lipstick, blot away any excess balm to ensure that your lipstick doesn’t slide away;
  • the bolder the colour you choose, the more you will need to use a pencil to shape the lip and to prevent bleeding; for shaping, either get a pencil that is a sure match to your lipstick colour OR get a neutral colour that matches your actual lips;  to prevent fading and bleeding or to keep the integrity of your chosen colour, you can try a clear lip primer pencil (like DuWop Reverse Lip Liner or Bite Beauty Line & Define)  to lock it all in;
  • be adventurous and try different formulas – stains are great for long-wear, rich gloss balms are great for colour without drying out lips, matte is great for showing off reds, glossy is nice for pinks, (you get what I’m saying right?), don’t lock your search for the right colour into a narrow selection – think big;
  • be an artist and mix colours too, don’t be afraid to get creative! just recently, I mixed OCC Lip Tar in Anime with some Stila Convertible Colour to get the perfect pink for a client –  she loved it;  you might have all the colour you need in the lipsticks you already have so there is no need to search … or spend; and
  • a statement lip may be all you need to look polished for everyday affairs, but on your big day and against a white dress, choose to pair your lips with well defined brows and lashes as well; and don’t forget blush and some liner!