With so many celebrations being thrown in your honor, your pre-wedding parties offer a fun opportunity to change up your beauty look.
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Part of the fun of having tons of pre-wedding events to go to—especially when you're about to be at the center of all of them—is getting new makeup to wear. If you're only looking to spend on a few fresh buys, make sure lipstick tops your list. We might even go so far as to say you should pick up a new hue for each event being thrown in your honor. After all, a swipe of color on your lips is one of the easiest way to change your look.
Want to feel a little glamorous at your engagement party? A dark-hued lip will give you an elegant, romantic look. For a night on the town at your bachelorette party, do you want to feel like a big-screen siren? Try an old-school red. The classic hue looks great on nearly everyone. For your bridal shower, you may prefer something a bit more natural, especially when the party is taking place during the day. A pretty pale pink or nude lip is the perfect polished, neutral finishing touch.
As for the big day itself, there's no rule that dictates what your lipstick should look like—you can rock something sweet and subtle from start to finish, go bold from the ceremony through to the reception, or darken your lipstick when you change into your fun party dress. The options are endless.
No matter which look you covet for the big day, it's fun to use your wedding events—engagement party, bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner—to add versatility into your beauty repertoire and try out some different hues in advance of the wedding. And you can try more than just color: There's such a variety of formulations available to suit anyone's preference—from stains and sheer textures to classic, creamy long-lasting lipsticks and liquid lipsticks—so you’ll want to find the application you like best, too. Here, our current favorites that we think every bride-to-be will love.
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Shiseido's new range of colors—there are 16 new reds and pinks in the collection—are super moisturizing. You'll be obsessed with "First Bite," a muted hue that enhances the natural color of your lips and makes them look multidimensional, soft, and really luscious.
Shiseido "Rouge Rouge" Lipstick in "First Bite," $28, shiseido.com.
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Swipe this bright, red-orange lipstick on before your morning-after brunch, then slip on a little white dress. The color instantly brightens the complexion, and the natural formula has incredible staying power, too—it lasted the entire time our tester drank a cup of tea with it on.
RMS Beauty "Wild with Desire" Lipstick in "RMS Red," $28, freepeople.com.
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Like the name implies, this one is an ethereal, soft shade that's quite romantic. It's a classic bridal color, and the pink-nude has a creamy, long-lasting formula to take you effortlessly from the ceremony to the reception.
Dior "Rouge Dior" Lipstick in "Poetic Matte," $35, dior.com.
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Smith & Cult
This burgundy lip stain will likely remind you of those Wet 'n Wild lip glosses you used to covet in middle school, thanks to its sweet, almost chocolate-y scent—but there's no mistaking the fact that this is the grown-up version. It imparts the prettiest stain of deep reddish brown, and doesn't feel sticky or cakey at all. It'll be your new go-to for evening events.
Smith & Cult "The Tainted" Lip Stain in "Demon Dazed," $24, net-a-porter.com.
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Consider this one magic: The color is super pigmented and glamorous but you won't feel like you're wearing anything at all because it's a liquid lip stain-slash-lipstick that adheres and just melts onto your lips. Our favorite hue, "Four Hundred for All," is a true, universally flattering red.
Armani "Lip Magnet" Lipstick in "Four Hundred for All," $38, bloomingdales.com.
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The range of five, multidimensional, shimmery lip, cheek, and eye sticks might look glittery, but when you put them on, they just give you this seemingly lit-from-within radiance. Use it everywhere at once—on the lips, cheeks, and eyes—to create a subtle monochromatic look that adds just enough color.
Bite Beauty "Prismatic Pearl" in "Pink Pearl," $24, sephora.com.