Self-esteem shows through your lips. After all, bold lips demand attention (in a good way!). Swipe on confidence this spring with vibrant lipsticks and glosses in classic shades of red and pink and daring hues of plum and orange. A few tips for the bright lips newbie: keep your eye-makeup to a minimum to make your pout stand out even more, don’t match your lips to your outfit for a more noticeable effect, and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and rock different looks!
Prep Your Lips
Step one: prepare your lips for color—no one wants to draw attention to dry, flaky, chapped lips! Start with an exfoliate, like the Laura Gellar Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub from Beauty Brands. Just rub along your lips to remove dead skin; then, rinse with water and enjoy your petal-soft lips! Next, hydrate your lip with a moisturizing lip balm, like this ReVive one from Neiman Marcus. Made with ultra-rich conditioners and emollients, this balm repairs, moisturizes and protects lips from dryness and wrinkles—all in the swipe of a finger!
Use Lip Liner
Lip liner was popular in the ‘90s for a reason: it works! For a strong, defined bold lip, using lip liner is the way to go. Choose a shade that closely matches the lipstick you are going for, then draw around the perimeter of your lips to accentuate the natural lip line. The Tarte Tarteist Matte Lip Crayon from Beauty Brands features a twist-up top and 12 unique shades to make application and matching your color easy!
Choose Your Color
Going to a networking event? A romantic date night? Lunch with friends? Choose a color that makes sense for whatever you are doing (translation: stock up on my colors so you can change your look throughout the day). Some of our favorites include the Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Color from Sephora in Ravenous. This brilliant pink is shiny like lip-gloss, and smooth and thick like lipstick, and is perfect for sipping on wine or kissing your beau! Or go for the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo lip shine in 206 Histoire from Neiman Marcus, a fun orange-red color. This gloss is made with apple seed extract and hydrating jojoba oil and coconut oil to make your lips feel as smooth as they look! Do something different with this Pat McGrath Labs lipstick in Faux Pas, a stunning lavender shade in a matte finish, that leaves your lips irresistible. Finally, the prettiest tube of lipstick you will ever buy is from Christian Louboutin at Neiman Marcus, where the bold red Tres Bea color is hiding inside a gold bottle with a crown top. This radiant lipstick is made with natural oils and seed butters for a luxurious feeling, and the glamorous red color is sure to leave an impression.