A marriage may indeed be a union between two hearts and souls, but let’s face it: on the wedding day itself, the bride is the star. That’s why many women all over the world spend considerable time researching the perfect look, from their wedding gown down to their shoes, including and perhaps most especially their makeup.
Apart from waterproof eyeliner and mascara that will stay put even through the happy tears, one of the most important elements of wedding makeup has got to be the lipstick. After all, one of the highlights of the wedding ceremony is the kiss – you’ll want to have lips that are picture-perfect for that special moment. Plus, the right shade of lipstick just pulls the entire makeup look together.
So how do you choose the right shade of lipstick for your wedding day? Here are a few tips:
Daytime Weddings: Nudes and Pinks
There’s definitely a lot of ways to wear dark, vampy shades during the day, but for the most part, nudes and pinks work the best for daytime weddings. It gives your face that “woke up like this” vibe that’s fresh, classy, and endearing.
For ladies with fair skin tone, go with pinks; just don’t pick a too-light shade or those with yellow undertones, since these will make you look washed out. Darker skin tones will benefit from nude shades. Think chocolate and cocoa, taupe, and mauve. Olive-skinned beauties are luckier in that almost all lipstick colours work well for their skin. When in doubt, choose a mauve lipstick with undertones that suit your skin’s own undertones – your makeup artist will know.
For the finish, matte is a show-stopping look during the daytime. Choose a moisturizing formula that the colour will last long but won’t dry out your lips. Try the Supreme Matte line from Japanese makeup brand Shu Uemura .
Afternoon or Evening Weddings: Corals and Reds
Weddings that start late in the morning or in the afternoon have the advantage of bright natural light, especially if the ceremony and/or reception is held outdoors. This is a good time to bust out the corals – those shades that straddle the line between pink and orange. Again, you should choose a colour that suits your skin tone and your undertone, although peach is a flattering colour for most.
A creamy, silky finish will work best for late-morning to afternoon weddings. It’s an easy-to-wear formula that’s almost like lip balm. It won’t feel too dry in the heat but it won’t be too sticky or uncomfortable, as well.
The red family is the best palette to choose from when it comes to night weddings. From deep rose to marsala, from fire-engine red to wine, you have a wide range of lipstick shades to choose from. And you got to believe it when we say that you can never go wrong with red lips. Especially not on your wedding day.
Glossy finishes stand out during the night – especially on the dance floor – so don’t be afraid to rock a lustrous pout. If you’re not too confident about sporting glossy red lips, you can go with a sheer finish instead. However, sheers don’t pack too much pigment; you can apply two coats to make the colors pop or perhaps use a matte lipstick and then top it off with a clear, sheer balm.
In the end, your wedding isn’t exclusively about you and your groom. It’s also about the beautiful, happy moments that you’ll be creating and sharing with your friends and loved ones. However, it doesn’t hurt to look your absolute, stunning best, right? So go on right ahead and pick that one lipstick that will make you look and feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. Best wishes in advance, bride-to-be!