As almost any women can tell you, a simple change of lipstick can transform your entire face from washed out to perked up; from prettily pale to darkly dramatic. But according to New York makeup artist Rochelle Weithorn, choosing the right lipstick for your wedding doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Follow these simple steps, she says, and arriving at the right decision will be a piece of cake., CONSIDER YOUR SETTING
“Your lipstick,” says Weithorn, “should match the time, place, and location of your wedding.” For instance, a deep brown red might look too harsh at a garden party, while it will fit right in at a more formal evening affair. The best rule of thumb: don’t stray too far from the color you wear everyday — you want to look like yourself, not a caked-on version of yourself.


Another thing about lipstick: it should blend with your overall makeup scheme. If your palette is in the pink family, consider a rosy lipstick, or maybe a light plum. If you’re wearing muted peach flowers in your hair, choose a warm brown apricot shade. This way, everything will work together.

Basically, there are four types of lipsticks: Cream (which has an opaque, satiny texture), Matte (characterized by a dull, no-shine finish), Sheer (a hint of color with subtle sheen), and Stain (the longest-lasting lipstick available, it’s both food-proof and kiss-proof).

Weithorn favors matte colors for weddings, since they last long without drying. She’s even put together a list of her favorites, all by Paula Dorf and available by calling (888) 4PAULAD, and divided them into three user-friendly families:


  • Flamingo (pale pink)
  • Rose Quartz (pinky brown)
  • Caribe (rosy brown)
  • Paradise (plum)
  • Victorian (deep plum)


  • Carnelian (apricot)
  • Autumn (brown apricot)
  • Toffee (soft pale cocoa)


  • Festive (true red)
  • Tabasco (brick red)
  • Romance (Chinese red)


Keep in mind that the most flattering shades are the ones that bear some resemblance to your natural lips — nudes, roses, soft browns. And don’t forget to try your lipstick on before you buy it — the color often looks different in the tube than it does on your mouth.

The best way to test a shade is by wearing it without any other makeup. If it instantly perks up your face — your skin glows healthier, your eyes look brighter, your hair seems shinier — it’s the one. When you find it, you’ll know. Trust us.


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