When it comes to your wedding day, we're huge proponents of perfecting the "you-but-better" makeup look. Take lipstick, for example. The perfect one is one that will keep your lips hydrated, maybe make them seem a tad bigger and add a touch of natural color to your already pretty pout. (But not so much color that you'll have to worry about it rubbing off on your husband's cheeks.) Sound like a tall order? Not so. Here, five of our favorite lipsticks that will give you a naturally gorgeous pout.
For a Bee-Stung Lip: DuWop Tinted Prime Venom, $20, available at Dermstore
*This one is perfect for brides who are after a naturally pigmented red lip. You know, like what you used to have permanently when you were six but took for granted. (Along with effortlessly rosy cheeks, but we digress.) This moisturizing lip tint contains a mix of cinnamon, ginger and wintergreen to create a tingly sensation that plumps and brings out your natural pigment. "It stings a little bit, but it makes my lips look super red," our tester says. "My boyfriend even noticed — and actually liked it." Consider us hooked. *
For a Wine-Stained Lip: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15, available at Sephora
This raisin-esque shade contains a transparent pigment that makes it flattering on everyone. (Seriously — there's a reason it has been around so long!) "I love the color I get when I'm drinking a glass of red wine," our tester says. "This emulates it and gives you the perfect lush finish — not too matte and not too glossy. When it fades, it doesn't come off patchy, just naturally. Perfect for those looking for low-maintenance color."
For a Rose Lip: Tom Ford Lip Color in Indian Rose, $49, available at Nordstrom
Aside from the gorgeous packaging, this classic, creamy lipstick feels like a lipstick, looks like a lipstick and gives you medium coverage like a lipstick, but just amps up the pink in your lips. "It brightened my whole complexion," our tester says. "I paired it with rosy blush, too, which created the perfect easy, summer beauty look. Totally recommended for beach-bound brides!"
For a Nude Lip: Buxom True Nude Lip Foundation, $19, available at Sephora
The idea behind this product is genius: It offers six shades of nude lip "foundations," as they call them, to match every lip tone while also helping to camouflage imperfections. "Nudes can be tricky, but choosing one of these that flatters your skin tone is so easy," our tester says. "My favorite is Au Naturel — it's one of those colors that works for all occasions."
For a Custom Lip: Givenchy Rouge Interdit Magic Lipstick, $32, available at Sephora
Warning: This looks black in the tube, but hear us out: The color-changing formula immediately works its magic to give you a sheer wash of some shade of pink. "I'm not great at picking out flattering lipstick shades, so this was perfect," our tester says. "It just gave me a pop of color and was hydrating, too. Lip-balm-addicted brides will love this."