I'm over the moon this morning to be bringing you the first in a brand new, exclusive series of filmed expert makeup tutorials that I commissioned a very special group of ladies to produce; my wonderful Intern Franky, Makeup Artist Lucy Baker, Photographer Naomi Kenton and Film producer Frances Maddell of Reellove Films.

Franky and I both felt one thing missing from Love My Dress was a was a dedicated beauty section. We know that other wedding blogs tackle beauty and DIY tutorials in their own way, and so we wanted to take our offering to readers one step further, not only by stamping our features with stunning Love My Dress signature style photography, but producing a film tutorial to accompany the feature too.  We genuinely want these new features to be inspiring, practical and helpful to all those readers who share our sense of style.

And so last month, Franky and the team headed to the beautiful Luton Hoo Hotel to work on the content for this new series. Luton Hoo, which is also available for weddings, provided a stunning back drop for this set of images, and film, which focuses on one of my favourite things; red lipstick.

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I adore lipstick. Always have. From the moment I procured my very first tube of Rimmel’s ‘Heather Shimmer’, adorning my lips with some kind of colour or gloss has been an everyday occurrence.

I love the transformative effect lipstick can have on a person’s appearance. The way the right shade can lift a complexion and bring the wearer’s features to life never fails to impress me. Even the most delicate smear of colour can make you look more awake and better rested. Lipstick can alter the wearer’s mood too. Different colours evoke feelings of sophistication and elegance, glamour and femininity, or simply carefree playfulness. It’s powerful stuff.

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**DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

When it came to planning my own wedding day, before I could picture the dress or the venue, before I could imagine any other detail, I knew I would wear red lipstick. To my mind, nothing quite says ‘glamour’ like the bold scarlet hue of a pair of perfectly rouged lips.

I don’t save red for best; I wear it almost every day and, if I felt brave enough to claim a signature look for myself, red would be it. To be honest, I think my husband would have been shocked if I hadn’t worn red, fearing some kind of bridal imposter had arrived in my place.

I suppose for the uninitiated red can seem a little daunting though. It’s so, well, red, I guess. It appears tricky to apply and scarily high maintenance to wear. There is some truth in these assumptions. When it comes to red, it’s certainly not as simple as a quick swipe of the tube.  

For this very reason, Love My Dress has teamed up with Makeup Artist, Lucy Baker to create an expert tutorial designed to help you achieve the perfect red lip. There’s plenty of hints and tips, as well as some great product recommendations. Whether you’re keen to incorporate red into your everyday look or dreaming of wearing it on your wedding day, what follows is essential reading! Even if red isn’t your thing, Lucy's tips can be applied to any shade of lipstick.

Before we begin, here’s a little inspiration for you all…

**DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

Image credits: 1. Franky on her wedding day, Photography Copyright Eliza Claire  2. Vintage Revlon Ad via Beautyplane.com 3. Makeup at Christian Dior via Style.com     4. Model Miranda Kerr via Breakfastatsephora.tumblr 5. Milla Jovovich at the Oscars via Ourvanity.com  6. 1930s makeup look via Glamourdaze.com  7. Dita Von Teese 8. Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

It’s over to Lucy for our step-by-step tutorial…

1.  To wear great red lippy you need conditioned, healthy lips. To achieve this use a clean lip brush and apply Lucas’ Papaw ointment  – not too much or it will look greasy.

    **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

    **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

    2.  Line the lips using Rimmel’s ‘Red Dynamite’ lip pencil . For precision, make sure the pencil is freshly sharpened. Trace the shape of the lips and then fill in the entire area – this creates a great base for the next step.

    **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

    **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

    3.  After using the lip pencil take a clean lip brush and your preferred red lipstick, we used Topshop’s ‘Mischief’, as it is really intense and oozes glamour! Apply an even coat all over the lips.

      **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

      4.  Fold a piece of tissue and gently blot the lips, making sure you don’t smudge any of the lipstick you have just applied. You can always use a cotton bud to clean up any mistakes if you need to.

      5.  Apply another coat of lipstick using a lip brush – and blot.

        **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

        6.  Re-line the lips using the lip pencil. This allows you to even out the shape and correct any wonky lines {you can also slightly alter the lip shape if you want to enhance the lips for a fuller look}.

          **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

          7.  Finally, add the third and final coat of lipstick using the brush. Don’t be shy when applying this coat and make sure it’s really even for a truly professional finish.

          **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

          8.  Smile, pout and, most importantly, enjoy your red lips!

          **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

          Now, I’m no model, but didn’t Lucy work some magic on my visage!

            **DIY Makeup Video Tutorial** Red Lipstick... (Beauty DIY Projects )

            Because we know following written instructions can sometimes be a little tricky we also put together a handy little video with Reellove Films to walk you through the process – take a look at the top of the page, and be sure to let us know if you try to recreate the look at home…

            When it comes to red, there is a wealth of choice available. I truly believe there is a shade out there for everyone, you just have to find it! Here are some Love My Dress favourites to guide you in your search for the perfect red…

            ♥  Chanel Rouge Allure in No. 67 ‘Excessive’  was the shade worn by Annabel on her wedding day, while I opted for Chanel Rouge Coco in No. 19 ‘Gabrielle’  a beautiful, bright, blue based red {see the photos here}.

                Laura Mercier Creme Lip Colour in ‘Audrey’ is a lovely warm pink rose inspired by my idol Audrey Hepburn. This has a fabulous formulation and is incredibly comfortable to wear. Definitely my favourite shade of red for everyday.

              ♥  MAC lipstick in ‘Russian Red’ . Apparently a favourite of Dita Von Teese, this matte lipstick is great for creating an authentic vintage look.

                Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick  is an affordable red that’s stood the test of time having been on the market since 1953. There’s more than a hint of raspberry to this shade, so it’s a great way to ease into wearing red. You can even match your lipstick to your mani with the complimentary nail polish of the same name!

              So readers, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on red lipstick…

              Did you, or are you planning to, wear it on your wedding day?

              Are you brave enough to sport a red lip day-to-day? What are your favourite shades? Let’s fill the comments section with some recommendations!

              Has this tutorial tempted to you to give red a whirl?





              Makeup Artist: Lucy Baker
              Venue: Luton Hoo Hotel
              Photographer: Naomi Kenton
              Videographer: Reellove Films
              Franky's Hair Stylist: Victoria Fraser Gadd

              Copyright Notice: The film contained withinthis page has been produced for the Love My Dress Wedding Blog and may not be reproduced elsewhere in any format without permission.

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              1. Fantastic Tutorial – Thank You!
                Also, very importantly, Lucas’ Paw Paw ointment is the BEST beauty/body product ever. I’ve been buying it since I was a teenager and it’s helped heal chapped lips and burnt skin, remove waterproof makeup and stubborn lipstick and kept my lips very kissable ;-) I always save room in my suitcase for bulk-bought ointment when travelling to Australia, it really has been a skin saver during London winters.

              2. fab tutorial- I must confess I’m more of a night time red wearer- but I’m loving the sound of the Laura Mercier lippy- it may be the thing for converting me to day wear!
                Also, what is it about heather shimmer- Thought it was just me, but it recently seems that anyone who hit secondary school in the 90s had a tube of it secreted about their person!

              3. You’re looking completely gorgeous as ever, Franky! The red lipstick look is so you, I don’t think I’ll ever look at red lips without thinking of you now, and I adored your makeup by Katy on your wedding day, it was perfect!

              4. I am trying to control myself from just leaving this comment as “FRANKY’S FACE! FRANKY’S FACE!” which is really all I have to say. For those of us make-up-tards who don’t really ‘do’ much with their face, this is an insight into a world that doesn’t seem quite so frightening to attempt to recreate.

              5. I only recently discovered the joys of red lipstick and whenever I wear it I receive compliments on my appearance. I have come to the realisation that sugary lipgloss just doesn’t cut it any more for me and nothing says confident womanhood like pillarbox red lips. I remember trying some when I was younger and it frightened me at the time but now I feel ready for the self awareness & maintenance that it requires. Also, red lips make any outfit look dressed up don’t you think?
                I have always gone by the old paint-powder-paint rule but I will be sure to try this out too and see how it compares, any excuse ;) Nice one ladies!

              6. I’ve always loved red lips and like you Franky, knew before anything else that I will have red lips (and probably Rouge Noir nails) at my wedding.
                I’ll try Russian Red myself although I prefer a satiny finish to a matte one. I think it’s quite hard to get the right red – I don’t like anything with pink in it and I prefer one that’s more of an orangey red than a bluey red as I have (extremely pale) yellow-based skin.
                My big concern about red lips at a wedding is how do you not smear it all over your groom in the kissing shots? And indeed off camera too!

              7. I absolutely love this and am going to be making some of the purchase recommendations this weekend when I go shopping. I adore beauty tutorials like this, well done team LMD! Totally addicted toy our blog already so this doesn’t help!

              8. Thank you so much Gemma, this will put a smile on the face of all those involved in the production of this new beauty series, I very much know it will! A big red lipstick kinda smile! ;)

              9. Beautiful. Brilliant tutorial, once again Lucy proves she really knows her stuff! I always shy away from red lips but I’ll be sure to give it a go now! x

              10. I was definitely a pink girl for the first 24 years of my life – then I dyed my hair red. My pink days were over.
                No matter how hard I tried, I could not find the perfect red lippie. All pink reds looked pink, all orange reds looked like I’d been Tangoed…until I found Guerlain KissKiss Red Strass. A true red shot through with gold, whenever I wear red (and I’m back to blonde now, for good ;) on goes the Guerlain. I am down to scooping the very bottom out with a lipbrush, but can’t wait for a duty free visit to buy its replacement.
                The website doesn’t do it justice but here’s a link:
                My second favourite is Ladybug by MAC. Not as special but a good one for everyday. I hardly ever wear pink nowadays. :)

              11. Hehe!! I’ll try Lulu, I’ll try ;)
                I definitely think more ladies should embrace a red lip, I always feel like I can take on the world when I wear it!

              12. Sometimes I think Heather Shimmer was everyone’s first lippy! It certainly was for most people that hit their teens in the 90s. Rimmel still sell it you know?! I’m tempted to pick up a tube for old times sake!
                I love Russian Red, so beautiful!

              13. That Guerlain lipstick sounds great – am going to investigate it. Very sorry to hear that you’ve left the Redheads though!

              14. I’m really undecided. I’m veering towards a stronger eye look and neutral lips because I don’t want to get lippie all over people’s faces – but then I might amp it up for later in the evening with a bright lip.

              15. I love the blue based chanel. It’s so classic.
                Any tips on which colour lipliners for the more rose-like reds? the audrey and the the cherries in the snow?

              16. It would seem Heather Shimmer is a bit of a rite of passage for those of us that were 90s teens!
                Do have a look at the Laura Mercier lippy, it is so pretty and perfect for a bit of daytime glamour!

              17. I so want to go makeup shopping with you Eliza, I think you would look amazing in red lippy!
                I felt so great wearing red on my wedding day, Katy did a great job, as did Lucy for this shoot. I’m a lucky lady :)

              18. This is PERFECT timing – after spending 26 years of my life going for the nude, or at best, lip balmed look I have decided that it is about time I became a lippy convert. My initial forays have not been entirely successful with wobbly lines all of the place, so I am promptly going to rush out and purchase a lipliner to help me achieve chic rather than ‘child playing dress up’ :) a great feature, I can’t wait to see more! xx

              19. I totally agree about red lips making any outfit look dressed up. I find it is a great way to trick people into thinking I’m far better groomed than I actually am. I’m wearing red lipstick, but I haven’t shaved my legs in a week… that sort of thing ;)
                You should definitely try Lucy’s technique, I was very impressed with how well my lippy lasted after the shoot. Even survived me slurping from a Starbucks mug on the train home!

              20. Oh but that’s half the fun! There’s a photo taken by a guest of me rubbing red lippy off my brand new husband’s lips after our first kiss as man and wife. I love it! You will smear a little here and there, but just think of it as your glamorous bridal calling card!
                I’m going to hunt down some more recs for your specific skin tone and pop back in a bit to comment :)

              21. Thank you so much Gemma, your comment has made my day! I’m thrilled you have enjoyed the first post, there are plenty more to come!

              22. I loved wotking with you too Naomi, I hope it was the first of many opportunities! Can’t wait to share the rest of your beautiful images with our readers.

              23. I don’t actually own any that match Audrey perfectly. If I’m wearing it during the day I tend to use a nude lip liner {I believe mine is from No.7} as it mutes the colour even more. If I want to amp it up a little I use a really red liner {like the one Lucy uses in the tutorial above}.
                I use a Chanel liner called Framboise with Cherries in the Snow which has a slight hint of raspberry to it too, hence the name I guess!

              24. Love My Dress sponsor Kylie McMichael suggested you take a look at an Illamasqua lipstick called ‘Liable’. Looks very pretty and definitely an orange based red.
                If you’re still uncertain why not drop Lucy Baker an email on lucy@lucybakermakeup.com with a photo so she can help you pick out something perfect for your skin tone? Lucy also offers a personal shopping service too, could be just what you need to find the right shade for your wedding day!

              25. Fabulous post! I too have the Lucas’s paw paw and it is fab – a friend from Oz sent it I had no idea it was available here. I love Lady Danger by MAC – a good orangey red, great for natural (and pale skinned) blondes like me. I am a hopeless lipstick wearer though – I always forget to re-apply and my make-up look is usually more about the eyes as I have very blonde eyebrows and look washed out without lashings of mascara! This post has inspired me to pucker up tomorrow so well done!

              26. Love the idea of this but does anyone have any tips on how to make sure it doesn’t come off all over the groom? Other than lipcoat, I don’t know any other techniques to make sure it stays put…

              27. What a wonderful inclusion on a wedding blog and a fantastic tutorial. I have always been too shy to wear the red lippy even though it suits me. And I have to say, I’m a proud Aussie to see the Paw Paw ointment featured in it. We’ve been using it for years and I swear by it as the miracle cream, especially for Mums out there – it vanishes nappy rash like you wouldn’t believe, never to be seen again :)
                Wonderful feature Annabel and Franky! A much needed feature set!! Congratulations!
                I hope you don’t mind but I’ll def be tweeting a link back to your article today :)
                Have a frabjous day girls!
                Zarn x

              28. LOVE this new series ~ what a fab new addition! I’m a huge fan of red lips, they’re so chic for brides. After watching this tutorial I will definitely be taking more time to blot and reapply 3 times for staying power xx

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