Bridal season is here, and with it comes a bunch of slightly odd worries that most women haven't had to think about before, because they've had better things to be doing, frankly. At what other time do you find yourself worrying that your lipstick might wear off while you're wearing a ball gown and a paparazzo (hired by you) might take a random photo? When else will you get stressed about napkin swans, or badmouth your brother's girlfriend for having the audacity to wear white to YOUR big party?
A surprising source of stress for brides is finding the perfect lip colour. Generally, I recommend a nude which perfectly matches your natural lip colour. It sounds a bit dull, but it isn't. A match for your natural lips will look natural but polished, allow you to even up any asymmetry in your lips and most importantly, it won't leave any obvious lip line if it wears off as you eat or drink throughout the day.
Here are some of my favourite options for bridal lipstick:
- Mac Glaze in Hue (€19.50)
On the peachier side of nude (see swatch photo below), this lipstick is a perfect bridal shade. If you are going for a peachy cheek look, this will complement it perfectly. It's also a glorious everyday colour, and looks particularly great on pale to mid-toned skin.
- L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Collection Exclusive Julianne's Nude (€10.49)
This pale pink nude is ideal for very pale people, or those with pink toned skin. As you might expect, given that this is Julianne Moore's shade for L'Oréal Paris, it is a frigging revelation on redheads. Just yes. It's also fantastically affordable, and it smells divine.
- L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Collection Exclusive Freida's Nude (€10.49)
Another offering from the L'Oréal Paris Color Riche nudes, this shade is Freida Pinto's. She has the most beautiful caramel skin, and this lipstick is absolutely perfect for women with deeper skin tones, who have a naturally slightly blue hue to their lips. On caucasian skin, this nude will look like a pretty lavender tinged pinkish brown. On deeper skins, it's a natural lip tone at its best. Just gorgeous.
- Isadora Twist-Up Matte Lips in Naked (€13.25)
This is pretty much the perfect mid-toned pink. It contains just enough cool and warm tones to flatter almost everyone. The matte finish has great lasting power, but if you'd rather soften it for bridal, a touch of your favourite lip balm over the top will soften the texture and add radiance.
- Shiseido Perfect Rouge in PK354 (€27)
This is the most expensive lipstick on the list, but I had to include it. I've been wearing it every day since I happened upon it last week, and it just ticks every box. Honestly, I'd never considered Shiseido for lipstick, but the texture is buttery, the opacity is incredible. The softly sheeny finish is comfortable and so pretty, and the shade is just perfect for someone as pale as I am, all the way up to deeper skin tones, though this will be a touch light for the very deepest skins. This is a rather special lipstick.
What is your iconic bridal lipstick shade? Share in the comments!