How To Get Lips that'll last From the First Kiss To the Last Dance

Prep Your Pout

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Let's face it: The last thing you want to be worried about during your wedding is touching up your makeup. You'd rather be bonding with your brand-new spouse, whooping it up with your friends on the dance floor and chowing down on that delish food, am I right? So choosing a long-lasting lipstick, like Revlon ColorStay, is a no-brainer. Scoring all-day, all-night lip coverage isn't just about wearing the right products, though—how you apply them matters too. So we asked makeup artist Ashleigh B. Ciucci for the secrets of color that stays on from your first smooch through your last good-bye hugs to your guests.

Prep Your Pout

The key to last-all-day color? Make sure your lips are totally clean and dry before you apply it. Ciucci suggests putting on lip balm, letting it sink in for a few minutes, then using a honey-sugar scrub to remove dead skin and patting lips dry.

Pick the Right Product

There's a long-wear version of all your favorite formulations and finishes, from lipstick to gloss. 

For Rich, Matte Color:

Try Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick for a traditional matte lipstick with a soft, velvety finish. It delivers rich color that'll stay on all night. "Just set it and forget it," Ciucci says. 

  For a Glossy Shine:   Craving a little more shine? Reach for  Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor . It goes on in two quick steps: First, swipe on the base color and, this is crucial, let it dry for 30 seconds. Then, apply the glossy topcoat—one application will last you 16 hours. Seriously! Or try Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick , which has a similar glossy look but goes on in one step and buys you 24 hours of coverage, so you can even wear it to brunch the next day. 

For a Glossy Shine:

Craving a little more shine? Reach for Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor. It goes on in two quick steps: First, swipe on the base color and, this is crucial, let it dry for 30 seconds. Then, apply the glossy topcoat—one application will last you 16 hours. Seriously! Or tryRevlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, which has a similar glossy look but goes on in one step and buys you 24 hours of coverage, so you can even wear it to brunch the next day. 

For a Glossy Shine:

Craving a little more shine? Reach for Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor. It goes on in two quick steps: First, swipe on the base color and, this is crucial, let it dry for 30 seconds. Then, apply the glossy topcoat—one application will last you 16 hours. Seriously! Or tryRevlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, which has a similar glossy look but goes on in one step and buys you 24 hours of coverage, so you can even wear it to brunch the next day. 

For a Lightweight Stain:

Let's say you pretty much never wear lip color because it feels too heavy or sticky—Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain is your wedding day must-have. It goes on like a gloss and leaves a lightweight stain on your lips that feels natural but still shows up in photos. The non-sticky formula has moisturizing Vitamin E and aloe, making it super-comfortable for even makeup newbies to wear.

 Be Precise  When you're putting on long-wear lip products, which are designed to be applied just once, it pays to take your time so you get the look right on the first try—especially when it comes to bold "look at me" hues. Ciucci recommends using a lip brush for the best control. Dab the brush against the product or the applicator to load it with color, then drag the flat side of the brush along your lip line (so that you're using the side of the brush instead of the tip). This will ensure you get the cleanest edges—no smears or feathering.  Follow these foolproof steps for lips that'll last through the after party. How easy is that?

Be Precise

When you're putting on long-wear lip products, which are designed to be applied just once, it pays to take your time so you get the look right on the first try—especially when it comes to bold "look at me" hues. Ciucci recommends using a lip brush for the best control. Dab the brush against the product or the applicator to load it with color, then drag the flat side of the brush along your lip line (so that you're using the side of the brush instead of the tip). This will ensure you get the cleanest edges—no smears or feathering.

Follow these foolproof steps for lips that'll last through the after party. How easy is that?