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The last beauty regret you want to have on your big day is losing your lipstick! Not literally, but if you're planning on doing a first look or downing a pre-ceremony cocktail, it's likely your lip color will gradually wear off before you walk down the aisle. Yes, you can always touch up prior to tying the knot, however, why not take a few precautions to prevent color loss in the first place? Beauty guru and beGlammed founder Maile Pacheco shares her secrets for ensuring your wedding lipstick lasts all night.
Use a gentle lip scrub the night before the wedding to get rid of dead skin, (a common cause of lipstick loss) and guarantee the softest, most memorable kiss ever, says Pacheco. "You can even make your very own scrub at home by mixing equal parts of sugar, coconut oil and honey."
A silicone-based primer will do the trick! According to Pacheco, it helps lipstick stick (aka adhere to the lips), creating a smooth, velvety finish while also keeping your color from feathering. "It's especially great for red lips."
3. Pout and powder
If you're going with a classic lipstick and liner look, Pacheco recommends trying the 'pout and powder' technique to hold lipstick in place and delay color fade. "Once you've applied your products, pout your lips and gently press a tissue against them." Now, using a fluffy powder brush with the tissue still on your lips, lightly dust a loose, translucent powder (HD powders are the best for this, she says) over it. "Be careful not to add too much pressure so you don't blot away the beautiful color beneath. To see the final result, slowly pull the tissue away."
4. Opt for a stain instead
Dress stains may be no bueno, but lip stains are a must-have! "Stains will feel weightless and won't wear off during that special kiss to seal the deal," explains Pacheco. Some lip stains are packaged with a lip color on one side and a sheer gloss on the other. While you won't need to reapply color, you can go crazy with the gloss throughout the night. "Always test your lip products at least a week in advance to be sure you're happy with the color, texture, and longevity of the wear."