From first kisses to Champagne toasts and a full buffet, there are a lot of wedding activities to get through that will likely leave you looking one way and one way only:
lipstick faded, cracking, or completely gone, as if you didn’t spend an entire painstaking hour filling in your liner. But according to the pros, this inevitability can be avoided. All you have to do is find The One.
Okay, that sounds about as easy as it did when your best friend said it while you were still swiping left and right on Tinder. But with the help of trusted makeup artists
Amanda Shackleton and David Maderich, you can discover the lipstick you were meant to be with, ’til death do you part.
Ahead, the lipsticks — and glosses — to wear on your wedding day.
Maderich says that, no matter how you feel about mattes, it’s hard to deny how budge-proof the
long-wear formulas are. He recommends this lightweight option from NARS that doesn’t peel or crack for hours (seriously, we tried it). NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment, $26, available at NARS
Or go for this lipstick bullet from Hourglass. It’s slightly more moisturizing than the NARS formula, but lasts through every kiss (and, more importantly, glass of wine).
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, $28, available at Sephora
wedding already costs $33,000, what’s another $37? Shackleton says this double-sided lipstick is perfect for brides because of the punchy long-wear pigment on one side and gloss on the other. Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Color, $37, available at Nordstrom
Not into the slick finish of a glossy top coat? Go for this liquid matte. The colors are as bold as it gets, and the formula is packed with nourishing vitamin E and boasts a lightweight texture that never feels cakey on lips.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $20, available at Sephora
Maderich agrees that no bride wants to worry about how well their lipstick will hold up on their wedding day. The important thing is picking a shade of lipstick that requires little more than minor touch-ups. That’s only one reason why 951 from ColourPop is a best-seller.
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, $6.5, available at ColourPop
According to Maderich, you can’t go wrong with this matte favorite. (Pro tip: If the color starts to crack, use a pea-sized amount of
Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. It’ll smooth out the flaking pigment and allow you to apply a fresh coat of color.) Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint, $20, available at Tarte
“If the bride doesn’t care for liquid lipsticks, the classic bullet lipstick in a matte texture will also offer longevity,” Maderich explains. “This cult classic comes in 40 shades and, if set with a touch of loose powder, is practically bulletproof.”
MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick, $18.5, available at mac cosmetics
The only thing more important than the kind of long-lasting finish you choose is the kind of lip prep you do before the ceremony. “Lips must be moist and smooth before applying any lipstick,” explains Maderich. “I always coat my brides’ lips with a thick coat of this treatment and let it soak in for 15 minutes to work its moisture magic to ensure a perfect crack-free matte lip.”
Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment, $39.2, available at DermStore
Shackleton recommends this classic lip crayon for bridal touch-ups. With a wide range of colors and a soft texture, both the matte and satin finishes are perfect for your wedding clutch.
Bobbi Brown Art Stick, $29, available at Bobbi Brown
Lip gloss has come a long way since its heyday in middle school. Now, it’s luxe, it’s hydrating… and only a little sticky on the lips. Shackleton says if you’re ready to hop on the trend, try this best-selling option from Pat McGrath. Just stay away from the ones with an extra-shiny finish — it’ll be too bright for flash photographs. Pat McGrath LUST: Lip Gloss, $28, available at Sephora
love gloss right now, and Maderich gets why: “Lip gloss not only adds a sexy sheen to your lips, but also offers a youthful and plumping glow.” Sadly, gloss doesn’t have the same longevity as a matte or liquid lipstick, but this one from the drugstore (that promises eight hours of wear) lasts the longest out of ’em all, in our experience. L’Oréal Infallible 8HR Pro Gloss, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty
This shinier, sheer option lasts hours longer than your traditional lip gloss, but still needs a touch-up here and there. Maderich advises using a lip pencil underneath the gloss so the formula has something to hold onto.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer, $38, available at Sephora
Every now and then, brides do want a plumping effect without the needle. This fan-favorite from Too Faced tingles, then inflates your lips to new heights. “I apply this either over lipstick for a glossy shine or underneath a matte lipstick to swell the lips,” says Maderich.
Too Faced Lip Injection, $22, available at Sephora
With unrivaled staying power and a serious cult following, this everything-proof liquid lipstick is one of the drugstore’s worst-kept secrets. The creamy formula goes on glossy but quickly dries down to a high-pigmented matte, literally
does not budge, comes in a wide variety of shades, and costs less than $5 — which means you can pick up one for each of your bridesmaids, too. Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick, $4.69, available at Target
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