How To: Fresh-Faced Makeup With A Bold Lip

The Info—Stylist: Maria Lee Makeup & Hair / Photography: Hart & Sol WestMichelle Govang / Venue: The Box SF /Flowers: Green Snapdragon Floral Design /Dress: Little Borrowed Dress / Jewelry: BrideBlu Vintage + Handmade Jewelry

When we were coming up with ideas for the P&G Beauty hair and makeup tutorials, we wanted to make sure that we did one that answered your call for a look that was just pretty. Nothing too themed, or too done-up, but something that would acknowledge Hey, this is a special day. And that’s what we did with Sharon. (Time out for how stunning Sharon is, you guys. Whoa.) And the best part about this look? Take away the bold lip, and you’re left with a lovely natural look that almost looks like no makeup at all. So it’s super versatile. And now for the trade secrets for pulling it off:

For Eyes: Last week we told you that to help your eyeshadow stay, you should prime it with eye primer first. But let’s be honest, this has always been the lazy girl’s guide to DIY, and any time saved is time spent sipping champagne and dancing to your Notorious B.I.G. Pandora station. So Maria used CoverGirl’s Intense ShadowBlast eyeshadow which comes with a primer built in. Just swipe it on and you’re done. For extra stay (and protection against humidity and sweat), you can add a powder shadow on top, which will set the shadow.

Another expert tip for eyes: creamy eyeshadows like the CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast eyeshadow will come with its own applicator. But for extra control and a more professional finish, apply it with a brush or your fingers instead. This gives you full control over how much eyeshadow you’re applying, which is crucial when you’re working with a creamier formula like that. (Also: your fingers are totally free, rad.)

To highlight Sharon’s eyes, Maria used the white side of CoverGirl’s SmokyShadowBlast eyeshadow (spoiler alert: this guy will be back in a few weeks when we cover smokey eyes). Because it’s a shadow stick, when you apply it to your brow bone, it’s going to look WHITE (like middle school dance white). So make sure you blend that in with your fingers for a subtle highlight. Want to open up your eyes even more? Add some to the inner corners of your eyes and blend as well. (Seriously y’all, highlighter is magic).

For Cheeks: Blush is one of those products that I’m always afraid of using too much of. I worry I’m going to look like old prom pictures from 1988. But our makeup artists told us that especially for weddings, you shouldn’t be afraid to add more because it takes a lot to show up in photos. (But still, use your judgement. If you get to whoa-whoa-bordello place, please stop and reverse. Your guests will not be looking at you through the camera.)

For Lips: We used Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in Dusty Rose on Sharon. The nice thing about this lipstick is that (unlike a lot of other two-step all-day lipcolors) this one comes with a moisturizing topcoat instead of a liquid gloss, which actually feels more like a lip balm (read: no sticky kiss for your partner). Plus, if you want to go for a more natural look for your ceremony and then dress it up for the reception, you can use the topcoat on its own. It’s shinier than chapstick, but feels like lip balm (and smells good too, not that you asked). You can add color for the reception, and top it off with topcoat one more time.

Relax. You’ve got this.

And as always, if you have questions about how to modify this look, or which products would be best for your skin tone? We’ll do our best to answer them in the comments, but you can always direct your questions at @PGBeauty for their expert advice (or if you’re not on Twitter, post your questions on their Facebook page for more info).

Download a PDF of the shopping list for this look here.

**This post was sponsored by P&G Beauty. Thanks P&G for helping make the APW mission possible!**

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  • suzanna

    LOVE! So pretty, so fresh. For people like me, the idea of using a pile of products (like used here) makes me think that I will end up looking like Tammy Faye Bakker. It’s like product anxiety or something. It is sooooo helpful to see how it is actually used in order to look like a million bucks.

    I guess Tammy Faye had a million bucks at some point, but you know what I mean.

    • meg

      You guys slay me.

  • Sarah

    I use that color of the Outlast lipstick (and may wear it at my wedding)! It doesn’t show up quite as bright pink on me, but my lips have a good bit of natural color to them. I also like that if my lips are dry, this particular color doesn’t look bad on them–some of the other Outlast colors make it REALLY obvious that your lips are dry. I just wish the Outlast didn’t fade where my lips come together (after 3-4 hours or eating) because it’s really hard to add an extra layer after it’s been on your lips–it makes the lipstick that is already on there sort of pill up, and it’s a huge pain to remove the lipstick totally in order to apply a second coat–you have to use makeup remover to get it all off. Any tips on making it last longer?

    • Ambi

      I was about to say that my favorite thing about these tutorials is getting to see how the makeup shades look when applied. I am a budget-minded girl who LOVES me some drug store beauty products, but the one thing I get frustrated with is not being able to sample the colors before purchasing. It is so helpful to see these pictures with the actual names of the shades used!

      Also, Sharon, you are STUNNING. I mean, seriously, that picture of you smiling is like a magazine cover. Just gorgeous.

    • secret reader

      in the low-maintenance-lady lip color category, I’ve recently gotten into the new Revlon balm/stain. it can go on a little strong, but fades to a stain well, and the color actually stays put. you can pretty easily reapply it or just put a balm or other subtle color over it to refresh. and you can also easily control the amount that you apply in the first place, unlike some stains that are hard to apply.

      the product is new and has some comically long/complex name like “just bitten kissable balm” or something. but it’s the one with the opaque cap. I have the coral color (which is pretty orangey, but that works for my fair/pink undertones) and the cherry red, and both are great for adding a “bold lip” without looking like a crazy person.

  • Beautiful! You may eventually get me to wear mascara for something other than a dance performance.

    I know you got the flowers professionally done, but please *please* can you have a tutorial on how to make a flower wreath like that for your hair? That’s what I’d love to do for my wedding and I haven’t the foggiest on how to make it happen. (Shoestring budget + irises from my friend’s mom’s house= DIY flowers)

    • meg

      Oh! Yes! Flowers were done by our awesome sponsor, and a tutorial on how we did them is totally coming.

      • Seren

        Hooray! Thanks!

  • ElisabethJoanne

    For me, this is perfectly timed with the earlier post about buying a dress that makes you look like the you your partner loves, rather than some fairy tale.

    I needed new make-up and got a make-over at Sephora several weeks ago. When my fiance saw it, he said, “It’s not that I don’t like it. It’s just that you don’t look like you. Something about the eyes.” Later, I realized that I looked like a model in a fashion magazine, which should be a great thing, but was not at all me.

    “Fresh-faced make-up with a bold lip” precisely describes what I want for my wedding, though. It also describes the photo of me heading to senior prom that my fiance just loves.

  • H

    So Sharon, what did your husband say when he saw these pretty pics/pretty you? :)

    • Oh, let’s just say it’s all been *very* well-received. :D

  • I think I want to start wearing floral wreaths on my head every day. So pretty!

  • Crayfish Kate

    Thank you, thank you so much for doing makeup with an Asian model! I know I mentioned it in the suggestions last week, and I’m absolutely floored to see it! Sharon and Maria are both gorgeous. So very pretty! As an adopted Korean American, I’ve never really had any good resources for learning to use makeup to fit my features. You have inspired me to bravely enter into the makeup world.

    Thanks again APW, for not only letting us go nuts in the comments, but also truly listening & taking feedback.

  • Autumn

    Love — this was basically my wedding look in 2009. I love how I looked in the photos, because (1) it was so pretty, and (2) it totally still looked like ME. Just a little fancier me :)

  • E Ashida

    As someone who got married OUT-OF-TOWN and went through one too many terrifying make-up demonstrations at the department store, this HOW-TO was perfect for me. I am very much a make-up minimalist and still wanted to “look like myself” while not wanting to look pale in our wedding photos.

    The “purchase guide” was extremely helpful. I printed off the document and headed to the drugstore in a likety-split fashion.

    Additionally the step-by-step pictures and instruction made it very fun/easy to practice before my “day-of!” I am asian-american, so when Sharon was featured as your model for this post, I was tickled pink! Thanks APW!! Amazing post!!