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Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, which is why they turn to makeup pros to transform them into the best versions of themselves. But one thing even the very best makeup artist can't avoid? The need for touch-ups! That is, of course, unless you turn to some of the most popular semi-permanent makeup options available. They're natural, they're relatively pain-free, and they last — which means you can stay on the dance floor instead of heading into the bathroom to powder your nose! Here are some of our favorite choices for makeup that will definitely last from your first kiss to the last dance, and then some.
Peel-Off Lip Stain
All the rage on social media, these stains advertise a 10-hour wear that won't smudge onto your new hubby's shirt or rub off on your champagne glass. A number of brands are advertising the product, but one stands out: Cocoon Lip Stain by Cailyn. In four eye-catching shades, the premise is simple. Apply the thick stain with a brush and let it set for 10 minutes, then gently peel it off, leaving behind rich color that's going nowhere. Add a swipe of gloss for moisture and shine, and you're good to go! In fact, you might have a hint of color left for your morning-after brunch.
If you're blessed with brows, just not with brow color (or don't love the pencils and powders), consider tinting, instead. The semi-permanent color will darken your brows, as well as add color to those blonde baby hairs you didn't even know you had. The color will last for a few weeks, fading only as your brows naturally fall out and new brows grow in.
Wimpy eyelashes? Have no fear! Eyelash extensions will give you the look of falsies (or something a little more natural if you so desire), but with a much longer life. Once you pick a length, lashes are individually glued at the base of your natural eyelashes to add length and fullness. Be sure to visit a professional who will be able to use the smallest amount of glue for a lighter look (as well as high-quality products that will be less irritating and longer-lasting), and get ready to bat your eyes!
The most permanent of our semi-permanent makeup favorites, having your brows micro-bladed is essentially a series of tiny, incredibly precise tattoos on your brow that mimic the look of natural hairs, creating the appearance of fullness and darker color. Technically considered permanent makeup, micro-blading is a fantastic way to fill in sparse spots and pretty much eliminates the need to fill in your eyebrows for up to a year (or longer with regular touch-ups). It's not completely pain-free — what tattoo is? — but beauty is pain, right? Before you head to the salon, do your research. Tattoos are regulated state-by-state, as are aestheticians, so find someone with great credentials and high-quality tools and products. Amazing before-and-after pictures help, too!