How to Pull off Bold Lips On Your Wedding Day

I can’t pull it off! (You can pull anything off with the right confidence!) I hate how lipstick feels! (You just need the right formula. More on that later.) But by far, the most popular reason is: It comes off!

Girl and Red Lipstick

We all know the trials and tribulations of eating while wearing a bold lip. Scratch that, not even eating — just existing. You have enough to worry about on your big day, let alone your lipstick. But the longevity of your lip look depends on four major (but easy) factors: exfoliation, hydration, liner, and formula.

Before applying any kind of lipstick, your lips need to be prepped like a clean blank canvas. Start by buffing away dead skin or flakes so your lipstick glides on even and smooth (nothing is worse than those little gross bits of lipstick/skin that accumulate — you know what I’m talking about).

A lip scrub like Fresh Beauty’s Sugar Lip Polish gets the job done by using real brown sugar granules and a mix of nourishing oils. Once exfoliated, seal in the moisture with a balm. There’s no need to shell out on a luxe lip balm — an old reliable like Carmex Lip Balm works wonders.

Next, make sure you use a lip liner that’s as close as possible to your lipstick color, and carefully line your lips. This keeps your lipstick in check by creating a barrier between lips and skin, preventing feathering or bleeding. For extra insurance, fill the entirety of your lips with liner (not just the edges) to help the lipstick really stick.

Now, time for the main event. You get the best color pay-off when you apply directly from the bullet. However, this can turn messy and uneven real quick if you don’t follow up with a lip brush.

The best strategy is as follows: Apply directly from the bullet, avoiding the narrow corners and all edges. Start from the middle and work your way outward. Using a lip brush, pick up color from the bullet and fill in the hard to reach spots, like the cupid’s bow and corners. Follow whatever lip shape you want, just make sure both sides are even. Correct any mistakes or unevenness with a q-tip and concealer — and boom! Gorgeous, bold lips that won’t budge.

Of course, this also depends on the formula you use. Luckily, we rounded up five bold lipsticks that will stay on and stay put on your wedding day.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips
Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Electric Poppy ($34)

British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is known for her rose gold-tubed lipsticks with playful tongue-in-cheek names. Her Hot Lips line, inspired by her many celebrity muses, boasts hydrating formulas and bold colors. We love this deep hot pink (named after model Poppy Delevingne) that delivers bright color, but is a bit more muted than other punchier pinks.

Bite Beauty Lipstick
via Sephora

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice ($26)

Go vampy with this dark oxblood color from Bite Beauty. The satin formula is made with 12 edible oils and glides on almost like a balm, making it a friendly and comfortable option for bold lip beginners.

Rouge Dior in 999 ($37)

Dior’s famous universal red, 999 is the go-to for a classic red lip with some variety. It comes in four different finishes —matte metal, metallic, liquid matte, and matte — leaving plenty of options for your lip look.

Cover Girl Lipstick
CoverGirl Lipstick

CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Bombshell Pink ($20)

A good fuchsia lip is possibly the most underrated of bold lips. Seriously, is there anything more fun than this bright Bombshell Pink from CoverGirl? Their Colorlicious Lipstick comes in 36 shades, complete with shea butter, a creamy finish, and a drugstore friendly price.

Fenty Beauty Lip Paint
Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored ($24)

Leave it to Rihanna to create a stubborn red that looks good on literally everyone. If you’re more of a liquid lip kinda bride, this deep red dries down to a soft matte because of its precision wand. Feel free to grab a wine glass a la Rih, because this 12-hour lip won’t budge.

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