If we had to pick the single most important moment of your wedding day, the first kiss would be it.
It’s the moment when you transition from fiancée to wife, bride-to-be to newlywed. And with all of your nearest and dearest watching as you begin your marriage with a symbolic smooch, knowing your lipstick is in place – and looking fabulous – is paramount. So rather than spend hours at the make-up counter (though we won’t judge if you want to grab your Maid of Honor and go on a product-testing spree), we’ve tested lipsticks from seven big-name brands to give you the formulas that will stand the test of time on your wedding day.
Benefit Cosmetics has gained quite a following, in particular due to their iconic benetint lip and cheek stain. The sheer stain has a universally flattering hue and sweet rose scent, and holds up to eating and drinking like a champ. This is a great choice for brides looking for a more natural look – the tint enhances the color of your lips without looking like you’re wearing lip color. We also put posietint (a brighter poppy hue) and chachatint (a tropical coral color) to the test with the same great results. And who could argue with a great stain that does double-duty? Even if you choose a traditional lipstick for your wedding day, stash one of these stains in your honeymoon suitcase and save room for extra bikinis!
BITE’s all-natural lip products have taken New York by storm with the opening of their pop-up Lipstick Lab, and we’re here to spread the word. Even if you can’t make it down to Prince Street to have their expert help you choose a custom hue, their range of ready-made products are a great addition to any makeup maven’s lipstick arsenal. Their Luminous Crème Lipstick is long-lasting, providing great coverage that wears evenly – which means if you forget to reapply, you’ll look like you’re wearing a stain instead of like all your lipstick came off. The Honey Lip Lacquer is fabulous for a bride looking for high-shine as well as stay-put color. Pure manuka honey gives the lacquer a slick texture and makes it extra moisturizing. Antioxidants in both formulas work to smooth fine lines, giving you extremely kissable lips.