Bold Lips

When spring and summer roll around we see a plethora of bold pink, orange, and red lip products. From colored lip balms to lipsticks to glosses to fat pencils, I love them ALL!

I think one reason I tend to love a bold lip is because it’s the one thing (aside from nail polish) where I feel totally confident in my application skills and the way it looks on me. I love eyeliner and eyeshadow as much, but I don’t love the way it looks on me sometimes since most of the time the shadow is hidden by my hooded lids. And winged liner? Forget it.

But lips, LIPS are the one area where I can slap on nearly anything and feel good in it. A bold lip is the perfect thing to accompany a very simple eye and fresh glowing skin. Especially in the months where it’s hotter and you don’t feel like dealing with melting eyeliner!

Here are some of my favorite bright lip shades. All of these are available now online or in stores.

An interesting note about my blush in these photos (the new Estee Lauder Mad Men shade). I never change it or change positions but notice how much stronger the blush looks with the dark red shades than the other ones. I look nearly feverish!

Wearing NARS Lodhi
NARS Lodhi (taken earlier in day, hence the brightness)

NARS Lodhi might be my favorite shade period right now. It’s a gorgeous cool coral/peach.

Wearing MAC Candy Yum-Yum
MAC Candy Yum-Yum

MAC Candy Yum-Yum is now in the permanent collection, yay for us! Perfect BRIGHT cool pink.

Wearing Bite Beauty Pastielle Violet
Bite Beauty Pastille Violet

Bite Beauty Pastille Violet is limited edition but worth snatching up at Sephora. Bright, creamy but wearable.

Wearing MAC Neon Orange
MAC Neon Orange

MAC Neon Orange is an uber-bright orange with an Amplified finish.

Wearing Milani Violet Volt
Milani Violet Volt

Milani Violet Volt has a metallic finish and is bright, but kind of more subdued.

Wearing Milani Flamingo Pose
Milani Flamingo Pose

Milani Flamingo Pose is bright warm pink. Vivid and super pretty.

Wearing NARS Majella
NARS Majella

NARS Majella is a great new cool-toned bright red.

Wearing Milani High Voltage
Milani High Voltage

Milani High Voltage is a bright slightly orange red shade, and has a shiny Vinyl finish.

When the warmer months are here, do you wear lighter eyes and a bolder lip or vice versa?


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Written by Kelly
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