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Do you have any burning bridal beauty questions? Brides beauty columnist Drew Barrymore — actress, producer, and founder of Flower Beauty — is here to answer all of your pressing skin care, fitness, and makeup application concerns. From her secret to pulling off bold red lipstick to contouring makeup tricks, here's what she's recommending this month.
Q: When you're wearing deep-red lipstick, how do you do the rest of your makeup? I'd like to try it for my fall wedding but don't want to look like a "painted lady," as my grandmother would say.
Drew Barrymore: I love a bold lip for a wedding, and the best way to offset it is with your eye makeup. Focus on your lashes rather than liner or shadow. Mascara will make your eyes pop while still giving you a sweet, less "made up" look, unlike the sultry vibe of a smoky eye, which, in my opinion, can be too much with a dark lip and not as appropriate for a wedding. Be bold, be sweet, be happy!
Q: Do you contour? They say it's flattering in photos, but it looks tricky. Is there a way to keep it natural-ish?
Drew: Yes! I use a creamy formula to create the shadow, not powder. Make Up for Ever Pan Stick works great; just choose a shade darker than your skin. To keep it light, I put a little on my finger and blend it into the sunken line directly below my cheekbone. You can also do a faint application under your jaw. I love creams because you can blend out the edges and create a more natural look.
Q: How can I make my perfume last all day?
Drew: Start with your application. Spray after you put on lotion to help it hold better, and hit anywhere that's warm: your neck, your hair, your wrists (but don't rub it in; it "bruises" the scent and prevents it from diffusing). Use eau de parfum, which is more concentrated and will last longer than eau de toilette. You can also reapply. Flower has three that come in a mini rollerball bottle, so you can keep them in your clutch for easy touch-ups.