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It’s not your mom’s matte anymore. These velvety lipsticks are a world away from the dry, cakey formulas of the past, but with the staying power that matte is known for (just right for lasting through Champagne toasts and lots of kisses). Here, we round up our favorite shades to wear on your wedding day. Choose a bold color to add drama to all that white—or go soft and pretty. Either way, all of these picks are fit for a first kiss.
How to Apply
These formulas take some finesse to master, but the dramatic results are worth the extra effort, says Melissa Silver, a New York City makeup artist for Maybelline New York. Once you find your favorite, follow these steps:
1. Exfoliate lips first to remove any dry spots or flakes. Try Sara Happ Lip Scrub ($24).
2. Apply balm to soften the mouth, then blot excess with a tissue. The surface should feel hydrated, but not slick.
3. Avoid the aging look of lip pencil and swipe color straight from the tube (or use a lip brush if you prefer). Dab any smudges and define the edges with a cotton swab.
4. To accentuate lips’ shape, finish by tapping a highlighter, like Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($8), in the cupid’s bow and outer corners of the mouth.
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Giorgio Armani Pink Matte Lipstick
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in Orchid, $34; giorgioarmanibeautyusa.com.
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Chanel Pink Matte Lipstick
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Elizabeth Arden Coral Matte Lipstick
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Matte Coral Crush, $25; elizabetharden.com.
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Charlotte Tilbury Red Matte Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Lost Cherry, $32; charlottetilbury.com.
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Milani Red Matte Lipstick
Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Passion, $5; milanicosmetics.com.
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Clé de Peau Beauté Red Matte Lipstick
Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick in Matilda, $65; cledepeaubeaute.com.
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Tom Ford Dusty Pink Matte Lipstick
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Maybelline Red Matte Lipstick
Maybelline New York Colorsensational Creamy Matte in Touch of Spice, $8; maybelline.com.
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MAC Plum Matte Lipstick
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L’Oréal Deep Red Matte Lipstick
L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Collection Exclusive in Zoe’s Red, $9; lorealparisusa.com.