Red lips are classic, timeless and oh so chic.

I just can't get enough of stylish brides who dare to don red lipstick on their wedding day!

Are you considering going for a bold red lip? Take a peek at these beautiful ladies for inspiration…

via D&G | via Eyeshadow Lipstick | via Martha Stewart Weddings | Christine Shields Photography via Pocketful of Dreams | via Wedding Chicks | silver leaf headpiece by Flo & Percy

As always with my bridal beauty posts, I like to share gorgeous model/bridal inspiration AND images of real brides on their wedding day.

Often the images we see in magazines and fashion/bridal inspiration shoots are of insanely beautiful women {what I wouldn't give for Scarlett's pout!}, taken by super talented photographers with more than a little photoshopping involved. Evidence above.

My aim is to share realistic representations of beauty that will truly inspire you for your wedding day look. I want you to look at these bride's photos and think ~ I can look just as hot/chic/classy/beautiful!

Top Row: via Style Me Pretty | via The Pink Book | Middle Row: via Sean Flanigan | via Pet Dog | Bottom Row: via Style Me Pretty | via La Belle Bride

When I was searching for red lipstick wearing brides to share with you, the majority had a distinctively vintage/retro vibe {birdcage veils and red lips were a very popular combo!} But red lips have stood the test of time ~ they are a classic look that will never go out of fashion.

Red lips look just as good with a vintage, lace dress and pearls as a modern dress and statement headpiece.

There's a shade of red to suit every skin tone from burnt orangey reds to pinky hued reds and rich, dark reds. And, as the images above of real brides show, you don't have to have big lips to pull off red lipstick!

Red Lipstick Rules:

~ Preparation is key. Make sure you moisturize your lips well and then let your balm/Vaseline sink in before applying your lipstick to avoid unsightly dryness or the lipstick sliding off.

~ Play down eye make up with neutral colours and let your lips do the talking!

~ If you have a pale complexion, like me, there's no need for fake tan as red lips look gorgeous next to porcelain skin ~ hurrah!

~ It's all about the application for true staying power ~ check out this tutorial from Brides Magazine.

~ Ask your bridesmaids to be on hand to check for red lipstick on your teeth…not a good look!

Popular Red Lipsticks:

Throughout my many years browsing magazines and beauty blogs, I've come across a few red lipsticks that have been recommended time and time again by beauty experts {my favourite is No.1 ~ which also happens to be the cheapest!}

1. Revlon ‘True Red' ~ wonderfully wearable pinky red with an ever so slight sheen to it

2. MAC ‘Russian Red' ~ dark red matte

3. MAC ‘Ruby Woo' ~ retro pillar-box red

4. Nars ‘Jungle Red' ~ very bright red

What's your red lipstick of choice?

Will you be rocking red lips on your wedding day?