In case you’ve never spilled a glass of wine before – it stains, and it’s incredibly tricky to remove. In the same way, wine creates a stain on your lips, leaving them a rich maroon or purple with each sip. It’s natural though, sinking into the lips so that the natural lines and texture remains. Lip stain, oils, and tints attempt to capture this look by slightly plumping up the lips and adding a dark grape colour. You may also swatch the tint on your cheeks and blend for an effortless blush tone, or add a little bronzer or copper highlighter to bring touch of warmth to balance the palette.
Farewell Fiance pick: Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in Sweet Apollonia
We all know that it takes a little bit of effort to achieve an effortless look. Berry lip stains achieve a natural ombré tone that is slightly fuller and darker toward the centre and gradually fades out. There are no lip liners to be found with this look, just a simple lip oil or stain that has a subtle yet build-able pigment. This technique is commonly seen in Korean beauty practices and helps to create a youthful glow without overtly noticing the product on the surface. The French have another take on this look which they create by dabbing their lipstick onto their lips then smudging any harsh lines for a very natural, almost nonchalant application technique. Berry stained lips incorporate subtle pink and red tones for a ‘your lips but better’ colour combination. The goal here is to enhance the natural colour of your lips with a richer tone that will add plumpness and dimension. Sheer lipsticks achieve a similar effect and are great for their moisturising qualities that help to keep your lips looking fresh and hydrated.
Farewell Fiance pick: Glossier Generation G in Crush
For those of us who tend to swap red tones for a more neutral palette, you can still achieve this effortless look by opting for a subtle peach or natural pink lip colour. With such a neutral colour choice, you’ll want to ensure that your lips have been adequately exfoliated with a sugar scrub to get rid of any flaky, dry skin. Then go over the top with a lip moisturiser or mask to replenish and prime the lips. This will help to create a smoother surface for a more effortless application. Dap the lip oil or stain onto the centre of the lips using the applicator, then use your fingertip to greatly smudge the product to the outer edges. Since the lips will appear fairly natural, the rest of your makeup should look equally as smooth – full coverage foundation and boyish eyebrows will help to balance this relaxed look. Bring some colour back into your complexion by applying a cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. Most lip stain products also double as a cheek tint, making it the perfect item to keep handy in your wedding bag for on the go touch ups.