How to pick the perfect red lipstick for your wedding

How to pick the perfect red lipstick for your wedding

If red lipstick is your colour of choice for your Friday night date, or for work, or for just everyday it’s a sure bet you’ll be rocking your red lip on your wedding day.

But with all the kissing and cake a red lip can need a little more love and maintenance throughout the day.

By picking the right shade of red, and the right finish you can look like the perfect classic bride you’ve been dreaming of being.

Top tips for a red lip

1. Make sure that your lips are in top shape

In the lead up to the wedding.  Use a gentle lip scrub, use lots of lip balm (my current fave is Lip Shit, no really – that’s what it’s called), and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Blot away any excess before applying colour.

2. Start with a pencil.

This will help stop the lipstick from bleeding around the edges of your lips.  Colour your whole lip in, rather than just lining the outside.

3. After applying the first layer of lipstick blot with a tissue

Then reapply a second coat.  This will stop your lips looking so bare when the lipstick starts wearing away.

4. Choose a matte formula.

 The shinier a lipstick is the quicker it will smudge, fade or rub away.  Make sure that your matte isn’t too drying though.

5. Choose the right red for your skin tone. 

Do you suit a cool toned red? Or is a warm orange-red more your style.  Try colours on before your big day so that you know that you’ll have a red lipstick that looks great on you.

Makeup Artists Favourite Red Lipsticks

Stila Liquid Lipstick in Beso is a bright, true red liquid lipstick.  It is easy to apply, highly pigmented and is infused with Vitamin E so it won’t dry out your lips, and is super long wearing.

RRP $34 available at Mecca

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing is a cheerful cherry red that suits most skin tones.

It is a longwearing matte formula that isn’t drying on the lips and won an Allure Best Of Beauty Award in 2016

RRP $32 available at Mecca


Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored caused a world wide sensation when it was released.  Marketed as the red lip that will suit every skin tone it is being called the “perfect univeral red”

RRP $36 available at Sephora AU

Nars Jungle is a vivid Blue-Red with a satin finish in a non-drying formula.

Jungle is a classic red inspired by the ’50s silver screen icons.

RRP $43 available from Mecca

Mac Retro Lipstick in Ruby Woo is a long-wearing lipstick formula with intense colour payoff and a completely matte finish.

With over 400,000 #rubywoo instagram tags this is a cult classic


RRP $36 available from MAC


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