Yes, It's Possible to Make Your Wedding Lipstick Last

Hair & Beauty

Tips to Make Lipstick Color Last

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Punchy red lips are extremely popular for brides on their wedding day. After all, the bold color means you can wear less makeup overall and helps brighten your skin and whiten your teeth. Win, win!

But nothing's worse than a red ring of leftover color on the edges of your lips. And you especially don't want to see that in your wedding photos. But you can avoid it with a little prep work. Makeup artist Daniel Martin, who primps celebs like Kate Bosworth for long hours on the red carpet, is here to help you make your chic lip look last from your first kiss all the way to your gorgeous getaway.

Martin recommends starting with a lip scrubs to get rid of flakes, followed by a hydrating balm. Then pat on cream concealer. "It keeps the color true and gives it staying power," he says.

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Then, apply your lipstick, blot it with a tissue, and finish with a second coat. You'll stay picture-perfect for hours and avoid the dreaded color fade throughout your reception. But do make sure to stash your color and a few Q-tips in your bag to clean up smudged edges and brighten your color, just in case!

And don't underestimate the power of a test run! "After your makeup trial, keep your lipstick on," Martin advises. "You want to make sure it holds up over time." If the look doesn't last, you'll know to select a different product on the big day.

Want more genius big-day beauty advice? Pick up the February/March 2015 issue of BRIDES, which is on newsstands now and available for download here!

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