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A little expert guidance can help you find the best wedding lipstick for your big day
A lot goes into planning a wedding. After finding your venue and saying yes to the dress, it’s time to think about your makeup look. One of the biggest bridal makeup decisions you’ll make is selecting the best wedding lipstick for you.
But with so many options out there, finding the perfect shade and lipstick type can be a challenge. Should you go for a matte finish or a glossy liquid lip? What color should you pick for your skin tone? How do you choose a lip product that will complement, rather than clash against your wedding eye makeup look? And how can you be sure your wedding day lipstick will stay picture perfect through all the kisses and toasts? Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and more.
Matte, gloss, or stain: What is the best type of wedding day lipstick?
Before you can even think about selecting a wedding lip color, you need to know about the different types of lipstick. To make it simple (which is exactly what you need when you’re wedding planning), we’ve broken it down into four basic types.
- Cream lipstick glides on your lips to provide a winning combination of color with a hint of glossiness. Many of these formulas also contain nourishing ingredients like vitamin E and aloe. But most cream lipsticks require multiple reapplications throughout the day.
- Glossy lipstick brings high-shine and can be perfect for special events during the warm weather months. A gloss is a great way to create a youthful, fresh-faced look on your wedding day (making it perfect for the blushing bride).
- Matte lipstick is the opposite of a gloss, as it’s shine-free. Without the shine, matte lipstick produces a smooth, even texture, and it really allows the shade to pop. Contrary to popular belief, a matte lipstick doesn’t lead to dry lips if you find the right formula.
- Stain lipstick is closely related to matte lipstick on the lip product family tree. Stains focus on bringing the color with minimal shine. Their biggest draw is that they’re long-lasting. Basically, think of a lip stain as being high-impact and low-maintenance. If you’re going for an ultra-natural look, you can even dab a bit of cream blush on your lips for a no-fuss, natural pop of color.
Pinks, neutrals, and reds: How do you find the right lip color?
You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to know that it’s important to find the right lip color for your skin tone. But you might not know how to do it. Thankfully, it’s easier than you might think. You just need to have a little information about skin tones and undertones to find the perfect shade.
On a basic level, there are three skin tones: light, medium, and dark. It doesn’t stop there though (that would make it too easy). Your skin also has an undertone, which can be cool, warm, or neutral.
You have cool undertones if you have a pink, red or bluish tint to your skin. Other signs that you have cool undertones include being more prone to sunburn, looking good in silver jewelry, and having veins that appear blue. If you have cool undertones to your skin, you should opt for pink, red, and neutral lipsticks with blue or purple hues.
Having warm undertones means that you have a yellow, golden, or olive hue to your skin. You also tend to tan easily, look amazing in gold jewelry, and have veins that appear greenish. As for lip color, you’ll want to opt for brick reds, terracotta browns, and bold oranges. Basically, anything with red or orange hues.
It’s also possible to have a mix of pink and yellow in your skin, also known as having neutral undertones. With this mix of warm and cool undertones, the world is your oyster when it comes to lip color. You can wear a wide spectrum of colors. But keep in mind that pinks tend to look best on fair skin, mauve shades are great on medium skin and berries are beautiful on dark skin.
Enjoy your big day with beautiful, kissable lips
With this information, you have everything you need to select the perfect lipstick to complete your bridal look. While you’re at it, don’t forget to pick out those other essential components of your wedding day look, like foundation and eyeshadow, to bring it all together.