While there are certain lipstick rules that any bride should take into consideration—most important, selecting something that's long-lasting enough to get you through the big kiss at the altar and all of the subsequent congratulatory ones for the rest of the night—winter weddings are the perfect opportunity for a little makeup experimentation. Why not lean into dark lipstick season with something cranberry hued? Or embrace the holiday spirit with a swipe of red? The winter wedding lipstick options are endless, and we found the perfect one for every bride's skin tone.
"I really believe if the skin is matched correctly and glowing, the bride can wear any color lipstick that makes her feel gorgeous," makeup artist Molly R. Stern tells Brides. "I would steer away from anything too dark or too bright in regards to the maintenance issue. I also tend to lean away from super blue undertones, as I feel like they can make the lips look cold instead of full and luscious. If a bride wants a more natural look, embrace the natural lip color," Stern explains. "Adding a simple wash of a just-bitten berry shade can give the lips a classic healthy tone. If a bolder lip is the bride's vibe, then go with whatever color feels great. Chances are, if you feel good in what you’re wearing, your fiancé will like the way it looks too!"
Fair to Light Skin Tones
"For pale skin tones, nudes with a hint of color are really flattering. So if you're going for a nude, try a nude pink," says makeup artist Neil Scibelli. If you want to havea bigger pop of color, makeup artist Gina Brooke suggests looking for a red with blue or purple undertones to complement your own natural undertones. And yes, fair-skinned ladies can opt for deeper shades too—just be sure to seek out a stain or tinted balm to make it look more natural.
Nars Lipstick in Cruising
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $28
Mac Cream Sheen in Deelight
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $21
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $20
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Fig
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $24
Milk Oil Lip Tint in Plum
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Tan to Medium Skin Tones
For medium skin, Scibelli suggests a true nude gloss with a hint of berry or mauve, while Brooke loves a peachy-pink on warmer undertones. If you want to amp up the color, stay within those tones but opt for something more pigmented for a gorgeous pop against otherwise neutral makeup. Better yet, play into the festive spirit with some sparkly sheen or a little bit of glitter.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $34
Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lip Color Lipstick in James
SHOP NOW: Bergdorf Goodman, $36
Lipstick Queen Saint Collection Lipstick in Saint Peachy Nude
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Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in Volupté
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $30
Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Blissful Berry
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Dark to Deep Skin Tones
"For deeper skin tones, I love using sheer glosses with hints of caramel or berry,” says Scibelli, while Brooke loves to see darker skin in a gorgeous pop of orange—yes, even in the winter.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Caramel Glace
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Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Screen Queen
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $21
NYX Butter Gloss in Ginger Snap
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $4.99
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Big Bang
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $18
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Peach Fuzz
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