Let's get one thing straight before we begin to talk Wedding Day reds. Just like choosing the colour grey to paint your house, there are also 100 different tones of reds when choosing red lipsticks- orange red, tomato red, maroon red, deep red, light red, pink red, midnight red, wine red and the list goes on.

When my Brides request a red lip I always suggest to head up to your local MYER or David Jones with your trial makeup still on and try a few different tones. This way you will get a true feel to what suits you and what look you are aiming for.

Now lets get in to the 3 rules when opting for the statement red lips for your big day.

RULE 1. Think About Your Theme

Please remember to pick your colour based on the theme. Lets put it this way if you're wedding is a beach boho wedding, with natural flowers and bare feet, will red lips really suit the theme of the day?

Rule 2. Kissable Lips

If you have chosen an experienced Makeup Artist he/she should be aware of how to achieve long lasting red lips, especially when it comes to kissing your Hubby to be.

Opt for a lip stain, over your regular lip stick or gloss. That way Hubby and guests wont be smothered in red and your lips remain white.

Rule 3. Tone It Down

When matching nails with the statement lips, remember to keep everything else simple and natural. Pair those lips and nails with natural toned eyes, high-lights and dewy skin.

Achieving Kissable Lips

When it comes to preparing your skin for the big day, most Brides book facials weeks in advance, buy the most expensive cleansers and moisturisers and stick with a healthy diet for clear skin.

This is all well and good, however when forgetting one of the most important features when it comes to your wedding day - those kissable, luscious lips, you're not achieving that full flawless canvas.

Beautiful makeup application begins with a flawless canvas. You can have the clearest of skin, however with dry and cracked lips your makeup will not look the complete with those cracked and dry lips.

So lets talk about prepping those lips for the perfect lipstick application:

1. A few weeks leading up to the big day, purchase a lip conditioner and make it an every day bag essential. I am loving, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Care. Enriched with emollients, protective sunscreen and Vitamin E, it helps moisturise and sooth those cracked lips.


2. Treat your lips to a scrub. Add sugar, honey and warm water in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to lips and using your finger tips gentle scrub your lips. I would do this a couple of times during the week leading up to your wedding and the morning of to remove any dry skin for the perfect lipstick application. 

3. For an over night treatment, Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight intense lip therapy is the perfect over night treatment in which will rehydrate your lips whilst you sleep. 


Lets talk about natural based products for a moment. Yes we understand natural is best when it comes to what our skin absorbs, what if I told you there was a brand in the market in which had all the knowledge and experience behind it....

Introducing Andrew Antonijevic and Anderson Tong, two Melbourne based Pharmacists whom created the natural based products APOTEKAH.


With so many beauty products out there today, the boys saw a window of opportunity for their knowledge of the health and wellbeing industry and started working together to create APOTEKAH based around natural products.

A & A tells me "Our inspiration came from years of experience working as pharmacists, and caring for the health and wellbeing of people on a daily basis" 

Andrew and Anderson continue to explain how so many of us are so conscious of health these days, from exercise, to what we eat, to now what we put on to our skin, that there was a place in market for a beautifully scented and created product.

I myself suffer from psoriasis, and when my skin was at its peak for dryness I was about to give up and try "Makeup free"... which is hard to do when you're a Makeup Artist and your obsession with beauty products. 

I then came across APOTEKAH and after trialling the products for a few weeks, I instantly saw results. My skin became less "stress out" from all the chemicals I had been using for years... It was about time I gave my skin a break it so badly needed.

I then thought to myself, this product is a great all rounded Wedding day prep product.

I am always advising my Brides to get on to a good skin care routine months before their big day, not only to help create a beautiful canvas, but to help calm the skin.

The boys say "The Active Hydrating gel is an amazing product leading up the Wedding day. We have carefully crafted Aloe Vera gel, cucumber water, and Vitamin E oil to help put the hydration, tone and firmness back into the skin. The Active gel is also a great 'morning of' product and is a great base for makeup application" 

Andrew and Anderson went on to advise against oil serums or treatments prior to the big day, as this can cause breakouts and cause the skin to stress if it not use to such a heavy product.

APOTEKAH is the new and improved way to introduce natural products to your skin and I am with them when they say "be nice to your skin".

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