Natural-Looking Red Lip Stains That Are Perfect for Your Wedding Day

Ellie Miller

Most women have that one essential beauty product they're constantly on the hunt for—maybe it's an everyday foundation, a great waterproof eyeliner, or the most flattering blush. It's likely a product they've tried so many variations of, but none of them are quite right. For us—and many brides-to-be—that beauty must-have is a red lip tint. It seems like there are tons of options out there, but we struggled to find the one that made our pout seem naturally red and moisturized; the one with the right consistency, pigment, and scent. Sounds like a tall order, perhaps, but we were bound and determined to find this important product once and fo all.

But why is a great red lip stain so important? For starters, when your lips are red, the rest of your face seems healthier—even without any other makeup on. It can also pull your entire look together, whether for day, evening, or a wedding. As you know, we're especially obsessed with the latter!

After slathering on lots and lots of red lip balms, tints, and stains, these are the ones that have our seal of approval. In the mix are great alternatives to a standard red lipstick, perfect for brides who want something a little less jarring. If you're all for nostalgia, you'll love our rollerball pick; if you're looking for sun protection, there's an SPF on the list. We've got organic products for ingredient-conscious beauty connoisseurs, and multi-tasking lippies for maximizers. Best of all, every single one offers an undeniably beautiful color.

Check out the complete list and get shopping for your favorite, then prepare to walk down the aisle with the rosiest smile around.

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red lip stain
Courtesy of Caudalie

Caudalie just came out with their first-ever red tinted lip balm. (The collection also contains two pink balms.) All three are made with Caudalie's signature grape-seed polyphenol antioxidants, which fight off aging free radicals, helping to keep your lips full and youthful. It gives you a "just-bitten" look on contact, the consistency is thick and super moisturizing, and it adds a pretty sheen to your lips. What's not to love?

Caudalie "French Kiss" Tinted Balm in Addiction, $18,


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Rituel de Fille

red lip stain
Courtesy of Rituel de Fille

If you want a little more pigment, but not quite as much as a stain offers, then this is the product for you. We can't get enough of the shade Love-Ache, which is close to a true-red color and pops just enough on your lips. It's a great way to get color without committing to a statement lip.

Rituel de Fille "Enchanted" Lip Sheer in Love-Ache, $24,


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Captain Blankenship

red lip stain
Courtesy of Sephora

This organic stain can be worn on both your lips and cheeks, which makes it a great option to throw in your clutch for touchups. We love the fact that it smells minty and tingles when applied, which makes your lips naturally redder.

Captain Blakenship "Rosy Red" Lip Balm, $16,


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Milk Makeup

lip stain
Courtesy of Milk Makeup

This little rollerball will make you nostalgic for your middle school days (who wasn't obsessed with rollerball lip glosses?). It even kind of smells like the old-school rollerballs, but in a more sophisticated way. The consistency is an oil stain, so it really, really moisturizes without feeling thick. Even better, it deposits a sheer hint of red.

Milk Makeup Lip Stain, in Tude, $18,


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red lip stain
Courtesy of Sephora

Its name does this one justice—it really does feel like butter. It's so moisturizing and contains a plethora of natural oils to make your lips look full and shiny. We're also partial to the scent, which smells ever so faintly like roses.

Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, $12,


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red lip stain
Courtesy of Sephora

Your lips need SPF, too. Supergoop's red tint is the perfect solution: When you're at the beach for your bachelorette or honeymoon, you can get a little color without wearing a full face of makeup. (It's also free of oxybenzone, which is a chemical UV protector that's thought to be a hormone disruptor.)

Supergoop "Perk Up" Multipurpose Tint, $22,


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