When Drew Knox asked Katie Sicula to marry him, she sealed her answer with a kiss. But the magic of an impromptu peck can be hard to recreate when there’s a camera—or several hundred sets of eyes—trained on you. The truth is, looking natural on camera can feel just the opposite. Katie recalls the advice veteran wedding photographer, Cesar Perez of Perez Photography, gave them for keeping their hands from looking stiff: “ ‘Keep two of your fingers together,’ ” she remembers. “Almost like the Barbie hand.” The proof is in the picture, from their engagement session at White Rock Lake, which gave them plenty of practice for their wedding on February 8. We asked Dallas stage actress Emily Emmett, who’s had plenty of experience crafting kisses that look pretty in front of an audience, how couples can ensure a picture-perfect kiss on their big day. Not unlike your first dance, she says the best—if unromantic—advice is: “Practice, practice, practice.” —Mary Grace Granados
Let your first kiss leave an impression—but not an imprint—with The Styling Stewardess’ Kaleigh Caver’s favorite smudge-proof lipsticks. (For best results, Caver recommends exfoliating your lips regularly and drinking plenty of water, as sloughed, hydrated lips hold color longer.)
Sephora Collection Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick Long-lasting and nourishing. Caver’s color of choice? “No. 71—a nude-y pink that goes well with a lot of different skin tones.”
Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Extremely pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Caver’s partial to “American Woman”—a rich mauve.
LipSense Liquid Lip Color Caver notes that this can be drying for first-time users. Give lips time to adjust if you plan to use on wedding day.