The last thing you want to do is spend your entire wedding doing lipstick touch-ups. From the first kiss and multiple cheek kisses you'll give guests to sipping on champagne and chowing down on the wedding cake, your lip color is bound to get smudged throughout your big night. To help ensure your pout looks as perfect as possible (for as long as possible), we rounded up a few beauty tricks guaranteed to give you a photo-worthy wedding-day smile.
Get your beauty sleep. Your lips require some pampering before they can handle a coat of color. Sleep with lip balm on your wedding eve, and re-apply in the morning. (We love Brides Live Wedding sponsor Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer!)
Don't forget to prep. Before you swipe, exfoliate your lips gently with a sugar scrub or a clean toothbrush. For extra staying power, coat your lips with a primer, which creates a smooth, fade-proof surface, or fill in with a hydrating lip pencil.
Choose your formula wisely. In typical long-lasting lipsticks — think two-sided wands with liquid lip color on one end and a shiny topcoat on the other — silicones in the top coat suck moisture from your lips. Newer, all-in-one formulas fix all that by locking in moisture, leaving behind a more velvety finish with no topcoat needed. For long-lasting results, silicones are still king, but look for formulas with natural oils, aloe, and vitamin E for extra moisturizing power.
Brush, blot, repeat. Go extra-bold by applying color in layers: brush on (using a lip brush avoids feathering), blot with a tissue, and, once dry, add another coat. If you cant stand the drying feeling of lipstick, try a color-rich moisturizing crayon, like Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick.
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Go ahead, re-apply. Many formulas (especially stains) will fade evenly into a lighter hue, but most lipsticks, particularly lighter pinks and nudes, will require at least one re-application. And no, that doesn't mean swiping on an extra layer. Bring a makeup removing wipe, start with a clean slate, and recreate the look from scratch.