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How to Make Your Red Lipstick Last from Ceremony to Reception

Once you find a bold lip color you love, you'll want to make sure it stays in place all day long.

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Many brides choose a red lip as part of their signature bridal beauty look, and it's easy to understand why: bold lip hues are so popular lately, and wearing a punchy red lipstick is the perfect way to showcase your personality on the wedding day. While the decision to wear a red lip color on the big day is easy, picking the right shade can be tough; you have to decide if you like a shiny or matte formula, and then you'll need to find a shade that flatters your skin tone and delivers the look you love. That's why giving a few potential lip colors a test run is so important: Be sure to schedule a trial with your makeup artist or take some time at a makeup counter to try on a bunch of red hues.

 

Once you have figured out your perfect shade, the hard work isn't over: Now it's time to make sure your red lip stays put from your first kiss to your last dance. To help you nail the look, we're sharing our best tips for making sure your red wedding lips look perfect all day long.

 

Related: Kiss-Proof Lipstick That Will Last on Your Wedding Day

 

Prep Your Lips

Use foundation or concealer to mattify and neutralize your lips before applying any color. This is an old trick, but it's a good one: By prepping your lips, you're making sure that oils won't soak up or move color. A light dusting of translucent powder won't hurt either—it should be applied right before your lip color for extra staying power. Creams and glosses adhere well to dry, powdery finishes, giving you a pristine look and long-lasting color.

 

Choose the Right Formula

Although you might like to wear a creamy, glossy lipstick on a typical day, when it comes to a red lip, long-wear matte formulas are always the best option on a day when you need staying power. If you don't like the feel of a matte formula, feel free to add a red gloss over the top to add hydration and shine.

 

Make Sure Your Color Stays Put

Every makeup artist has a few tricks for ensuring red lipstick doesn't bleed, and we're here to share them with you. A lip liner is a must-have product, but a waterproof lip liner is what the pros consider the best form of long-lasting lip color insurance. Lip liners will prevent bleeding as a rule, but a waterproof formula adds that little bit of staying power that most need women need on a day as busy as the wedding. Then, add a waxy, clear lip liner to the outer edge of your lips for extra insurance against bleeding. If you're really concerned about your color moving, look for a formula that can be applied all around the lips to create a full barrier against bleeding.