Post # 1
I will be going to my first makeup trail late next week. I am a pretty plain jane when it comes to cosmetics, genrally a sweep of mascara and I am out the door. I brought a few inspiration pictures with me to my “pre meeting” with my makeup consultant and out of all the looks I showed her she really loves the Classic red lip and dark eyeliner. She seems to think it will work really well on me because I have pale skin and dark hair. The problem is my bridal party is against it entirely because it is such a far departure from what I normally wear. Wondering what you guys think.. I will include a picture of myself without makup so you can see my coloring and then a picture of me with horribly applied ( by myself) red lipstick. I am open to any suggestions of what you guys think would look good!! Thanks Bees, I am so lost when makeup is concerned!
Post # 3
First of all, your eyes are stunning! Second, my general rule of thumb for myself is that I want to look like ME, just one a really, really, really good day. I think taking too big a departure from yourself can be a little tricky. That being said, if the red lip, retro look is something YOU want and are really excited, then you should go for it. Just don’t do it because your MUA wants you too.
Makeup wise, I think some light brown shadows and some dark chocolate brown liner will really make your eyes pop and with some soft pink lips, you’ll still look special without looking like someone else.
Post # 4
If you’re uncomfortable, don’t do it. That said, you ROCK the red lips. With a white/ivory dress and your dark hair, blue (super blue!) eyes and pale skin … red lips would be knockout. But only if you’re confident wearing them.
(Furthermore, your lips have a beautiful shape)
Post # 5
I wouldn’t necessarily use THAT shade of red, I’d soften it just a teeny bit. But I love a red lip, just a dusting of shimmer on the eyes and some serious mascara. I’d be very light on the the eyeliner, just so you don’t look too vampy. And yes, you’re going to look different. The thing is, unless you’re a celebrity or a model, you don’t have a photographer snapping away all day. If you wear no makeup and you’re fair skinned, you can look very washed out very quickly.
My grand master plan is to have my makeup trial on the same day of my engagement shoot. That way I’ll know for sure how it photographs and I can make minor adjustments before the wedding. If that’s not an option, bring a friend with a decent camera and have her take pics in different lighting (indoor, outdoor, etc).
Post # 6
Dark/bright colors make lips look smaller and since you already have a small mouth I would opt out of the red lips and go for a light pearly pink instead
Post # 7
I have heard that you should be a better version of yourself on your wedding day. If you don’t usually wear red lipstick, then don’t for your wedding (unless you really want to).
Post # 8
@Jlee28: I think it would work, but I’d practice first. I seldom wear red lipstick so when I do, I’m conscious of it the whole time and always checking that I don’t have it on my teeth etc. You probably don’t want to feel self conscious on your wedding day is all. I think it looks nice.
Post # 9
I just picked a random shade, trying to stick to some basic guidlines! I know the Makup Artist will be able to pick a more suitable choice. That is a great idea syncing your trial with your engagment shots..I think I am just freaked because I didn’t think I would like the red and now I do… I am actually a freelance photgrapher and after my makeup trial plan on photgraphing myself in all sorts of light. Natural, dim, florecent!!
Post # 10
Wow, you are beautiful! You remind me of Kate Beckinsale (I’d kill to look like her!).
Honestly in just the photo you posted, the red lipstick throws me off, BUT- I think that’s just because it looks like you’re wearing no makeup but the red lipstick.
I think at your makeup trial- with a full face (foundation/blush/eyeliner/mascara/etc) that the red could actually look *really* nice.
AND your MA should have a whole range of reds, and she should be able to pick out exactly the right one to complement you the best. 🙂
Whatever you pick, though, make sure that you feel COMFORTABLE in it. If you’re going to be worried about your lips all night, don’t do it. If it’s going to make you feel fabulous and confident, go for it!
Post # 11
Lots of great advice, I knew you bees would have some great insight! I would love to see anyone elses inspiration
Post # 12
It totally depends on what look YOU want. Do you want to look like “you” just better or do you want to look “amped” up? I think it all lies in how you see yourself on your wedding day.
I personally love red lipstick with dark hair. I once had a friend tell me she envied me because with my dark hair I could wear bright fuschia pink or red lipstick and with her strawberry blonde hair, she couldn’t quite pull it off.
I can see that red lipstick could feel a little shocking at first if you aren’t used to wearing it or lipstick in general. My advice is to start small. Get a red tinted balm then get a high pigment gloss, then go full on lipstick. Or just start wearing it every day, starting it out as a stain.
Post # 13
Great advice! I have actually been wearing red all day just to get used to it myself. I think I like it more than I am willing to admit, because I had that sinking feeling when my bridal party vetoed the look.
Post # 14
Honestly, bridal makeup and about having amazing skin and looking like a more done version of you. Don’t get me wrong, I love a red lip, but red lips are high maintaince and on your wedding day you’re not going to want to think about if your lipstick is fading or smeared all over your face after you kiss your groom. I am pale, too and I love looks from Drew Barrymore (favorite picture below) and I’ve linked a video to a girl I love to watch on YouTube.
Edit: I also think all brides should wear fake lashes on their wedding day. Pictures can make your eyes disapper so even a natural pair will make them stand out. (:
Post # 15
I LOVE that red lip! It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks… If you feel like a rockstar in a red lip, you should wear that red lip. It’s GORGEOUS!