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How to Make Up Your Lips for a Wedding

Learn how to make up your lips expertly from professional makeup artist Michelle Dittrich in this Howcast wedding makeup tutorial.


My name is Michelle Detrick, and I'm a makeup artist. I've done makeup on a lot of celebrities, Pam Anderson, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Cynthia Nixon. There's a big misconception that I could never do that look on the runway and you absolutely can, everybody can, and you'll play to your best attributes, and I can show you how to do that.

Now, we're going to finish the wedding look with lips. We just mattified the face. We've created a beautiful, polished brow for photos and lash line. Now, I'm going to do a modern, pretty, bright lip. So, we're going to start with a pinkish lippy color of lipstick first, liner second, to keep it modern, and a pretty peachy gloss to finish.

So, if you start in the center of the lip and just work your way out, you don't have to be so precise because we're going to fix the line at the edge with a liner. So, the liner will help keep your lipstick on for pictures and hors d'Oeuvres and champagne, or whatever. If you only wear a gloss, it might not be enough color or if you're only wearing lipstick, it might be too rich. I'm not saying you can't, but this is my optimal wedding lip look

So, I love retractable lip brushes for a number of reasons. First, it closes on the top so if you carry it with you, you won't get lipstick all over your bag. Secondly, it makes smaller, if you want to carry it with you. And finally, it's a synthetic brush, so if you wanted to also buy another one and use it as a concealer brush to carry with you, you can actually put a little bit of concealer on it, close it, without applying it and have kind of a touch up in your bag, without carrying an entirely different product.

So, we just applied the lip color, not being too nit-picky with the line because I'm about to go back with a liner. When you're applying a lip liner afterwards, this lipstick I put on has a lot of moisture and sheer texture to it, but you should probably apply your lip liner no matter what the texture of your lipstick is afterwards to get that modern finish.

So, just go along your natural lip line. If there is a place you know you want to do a little bit more fullness, I'd say the only time that it is okay to overdraw a little bit would be on the bottom lip, because you have a natural kind of over-hang here. So, probably does, but if you want to, you could take it and over draw a little bit, just maybe for photo sake. But be careful with that, that's like the contouring, you want to make sure you are keeping it natural looking in real life too, not to get too crazy.

Now, I'm going to finish with a gloss, in particular in the center of her lips. I'm not going to take it all the way to the edge, close, but we don't want to get bleeding, and we want to make sure it wears well and photographs well. Right in the center, and if you're using the applicator from the tube, try and pat it on that way you're not removing what's on underneath it. Once you have it on, don't start messing around, because then you are going to kind of undo what you're doing, for photo sake at least.

So, pat it on, and then once you have the majority of the color that you want on, just blend it out to the edges on the outsides just a little bit, but you don't want to take it all the way out, you want to have longevity for a lip throughout the night.

So, now we've just completed your classic wedding look. It works well in photos. It looks pretty in person. It wears well. It's matte. It's polished. It's classic and timeless and you can't go wrong with this. It's pretty all year round too.

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