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When it comes to finding the perfect shade of wedding-day lipstick, you want to take as much guesswork as possible out of the equation. You won't know for sure until you try on each shade, but before you take a tube off the shelf, it's worth it to know the hues that look good on pretty much every bride. Try these five flattering picks from makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor: no matter your skin tone, they'll make for a stunning wedding-day smile.
Chanel Rouge Coco in Elise: Since this shade is brighter than most other pinks, it livens up your face without overwhelming it. Sotomayor says, "You still look like you, but with more energy, and slightly dressed up." ($36, available at Chanel)
L'Occitane's Peony Tinted Lip Balm in Rose Plum: "Berry-toned balms look great on everyone, because the color is saturated but not opaque, so you can build the coverage to your perfect hue," Sotomayor says. "This shade goes on sheer, but turns deeper with additional coats, so it won't fade against darker lips." Plus, it's got SPF 25, which makes it perfect for outdoor weddings. ($16, available at L'Occitane)
Cle De Peau Beaute's Lip Luminizer In #201: The perfect coral isn't too orangey or too peachy, but somewhere in between. "This one warms an ivory complexion, goes on like a warm nude on caramel or tan skin tones, and looks like a pale, '60s-style shade on women with deep ebony skin," Sotomayor says. ($35, available at Barneys )
Maybelline Color Sensational The Buff in Blushing Beige: "The right nude lip has a bit of caramel in it, so it lends lips both warmth and definition," Sotomayor says. "Pale shades with too much of a pastel shade can make you look washed out, but this shade has just enough bronzey-pink hues in it to make your lips look natural, not bare." ($4.40, available at Drugstore.com)