“Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world”- Avon
Nothing in my beauty bag empowers me like a bold lipstick. Red tends to be my go to color because I love the connotation of strength and sex appeal that the perfect red lipstick bestows once it’s swiped on my lips, but I also love bright colorful lips especially on days I’m feeling a bit drab. Now that Spring is officially here I wanted to give you a list of gorgeous lipstick shades to try, from nude flesh tones to daring blues and purples. Try to get out of your box a little and try something new, I promise you won’t regret it! Have fun and feel beautiful!
Tips for lipstick beginners:
- Scrub your lips at least once a week with your favorite sugar scrub to naturally and gently exfoliate your lips and remove dead skin cells that can make lipstick look cakey
- Use lip liner to precisely line your lips before you apply your lipstick to make sure there’s no bleeding. You don’t have to use the same exact color, just make sure to fill in at least ¾ of your lip with the pencil so that everything blends.
- Don’t be afraid to pair a bold lip with a bold eye, that rule is long gone! Express yourself all you want! Just try to pair complimentary colors not matching colors together.
- Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Make sure to apply lip balm before you apply a lipstick, just blot off the excess before you apply your favorite liquid matte.
- Smaller top lip than bottom lip? Gently over exaggerate your top lip by lining the skin just above your lip and fill in towards your cupids bow.
- Don’t wipe everything off if your lipstick isn’t perfect, use a little concealer that’s the same shade as your foundation and clean up the edges with a clean concealer or lip brush.
- Blot! Blot! Blot! If a lipstick is too sheer or too glossy, apply as you normally would, blot and then reapply and blot again OR blot and then set with a translucent powder that you can dust over your lips.
- Dab a little eyeshadow in the center of your lips while your lipstick is still wet to add depth and easily change the color. Shimmery eyeshadows work the best.
Milani Cosmetics- Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème in Matte About You $9.00
This waterproof metallic liquid lipstick is richly pigmented but won’t dry your lips. I love this bright orange color as it would compliment all skin shades! Each Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear. Remove with an oil based makeup remover.[SHOP]
Melt Cosmetics- Ultra Matte Lipstick in Blitzed $19
This bright Teal lipstick is super creamy and very pigmented but dries extremely matte, which means it can dry your lips out a little, so just prime your lips with your favorite lip balm. Branch out and try a fun and daring color like Blitzed, I promise you won’t be disappointed![SHOP]
Gallany Cosmetics- Metallic Lipstick in Toddy $22
This highly pigmented satin formula applies velvety smooth without dragging or skipping and is loaded with nourishing ingredients like Hungarian lilac extract, edelweiss, and hyaluronic moisture which yield intense hydration. No need to prime lips before use.[SHOP]
Note Cosmetics- Creamy Lipstick in Orange Punch $9.95
This lip crayon delivers intense, high shine color pay-off in a lightweight formula that feels like you’re wearing nothing. Sleek, stylish and fun to apply, this oversized lip crayon glides on effortlessly and leaves wow-worthy, high-impact color, without the weight.[SHOP]
trèStiQue Lip Crayon- in Florence Fig $28
This pencil shaped lip crayon is duel ended with a rich matte color on one end and a creamy gel lip balm on the other. The texture is rich but lightweight, and was formulated to be long-lasting. Florence Fig is a perfect Spring Nude for those with a darker complexion.[SHOP]
Gerard Cosmetics- Satin Lipstick in Dragon Berry $19.00
A juicy and fresh purple with luscious pink and magenta undertones. Infused with moisture and a slight sheen for a comfortable and pigmented wear. I think Dragon Berry is subtle enough to wear all day and is a perfect Spring color![SHOP]
Makeup Revolution- Rose Gold Lipstick in Red Carpet $5.00
Makeup Revolution brings you super-intensive coverage and comfortable to wear lipstick at an affordable price! This red lipstick is better suited for Spring as it has an orange base as opposed to many blue based reds that are reminiscent of fall.[SHOP]
Orlane Paris- Shining Lip Gloss in #4 Orange $28
You might notice a trend of high gloss orange hues in this article and that’s because of the versatility orange offers all skin tones. This intensely bright and subtly glittery high shine lip gloss with illuminate your smile and hydrate your lips with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A and E, and Rice Bran Oil.[SHOP]
Girlactick- Lip Pearls Duo Glosser in Showstopper $22.00
This duo ended lip gloss has the richness of sparkling pearls and finishes with a glossy high gloss for a sparkling pout. Layer together on your bare lips or over your favorite lip color for instant sparkle and shine.[SHOP]
Velvet 59 -The Malibu Sunset Lipstick Collection in Coral Canyon $18.00
The packaging on this lipstick is so luxurious and one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in an affordable brand. The color payoff on this lipstick is wonderfully rich and satiny. This deep pink would look amazing on almost all skin tones.[SHOP]
Crown Brush Pro- Lip Gloss in Cocoa $5.49
This formula by Crown Brush is so creamy and opaque that this has quickly become my favorite nude lip gloss that I wear over almost all my favorite nude and pink matte lipsticks. This moisturizing and conditioning lip gloss has the perfect hint of sheen to take your makeup game to the next level of glam.[SHOP]
Lunatick Cosmetic Labs- Lip Gloss in Grave Heart $12
This Vivid violet lip gloss is highly pigmented and ultra-opaque, and a little goes a long way. The texture is a thick yet light weight and creamy. This Violet shade is an amazing way to add a pop of vibrant color this spring.[SHOP]
RealHer Cosmetics- Sorry, Not Sorry- $18
With this RealHer lipstick you can achieve kissably soft lips with an awesome satin finish that’s enriched with Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Sorry, Not Sorry is a beautiful pink nude that can instantly warm up your complexion and 20% of all gross profits from their sales go to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a non-profit organization that advances empowerment, self-fulfillment and actualization for women and girls through leadership programs, advocacy, education, and research.[SHOP]
Cailyn- Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Vega $22
Like liquid gold, this amazing metallic tint will apply smoothly, but once dried, it will stay on lips with never ending shimmer of bright stars. This shade would be great on women with darker skin tones as its high shine will reflect the warmth in deeper complexions.[SHOP]
Sassy Lips- Color Changing Lipstick in When Your Song Comes On $25
This lipstick/gloss changes color as your skin warms up, and if infused with gold flakes and a flower in the middle. It’s a fun and nourishing lipstick that’s whimsical and perfect for spring.[SHOP]
Jordana- Sweet Cream Matte in Sugared Plum $4.99
This vivid liquid lip color with a velvety matte finish will last up to 16 hours and is infused with Vitamin A to not dry out your lips. Sugared Plum is rich and creamy as you apply it but dries super matte and water resistant.[SHOP]
Black Opal- Color Splurge Color Stick in Haute $7.95
Get the convenience of a lip pencil with the vibrant color of a lipstick in a easy-to-apply retractable pen. Enriched with emollient butters and vitamins C & E, these pigment-rich lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish.[SHOP]
EOS Sheer Pink Shimmer Lip Balm $4.99
eos Shimmer Lip Balm now softens your lips while providing a touch of shimmer/shine for a soft beauty you will love. It is packed with shea butter, antioxidant vitamin E and jojoba oil along with a light sheer pink shimmer for shimmery soft lips.[SHOP]
Lush Cosmetics- Lip Color in Vibrance
Lively and bold, you’re the life of the party! Vibrance has a hydrating base of rose wax and jojoba oil that moisturizes lips and carries the shimmering golden-orange color beautifully for a smooth, even application every time.[SHOP]
Votre Vu- French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick in Lou Lou $23
Handcrafted with pure, enriched natural plant waxes and vitamin E, Lou Lou will protect your gorgeous grin with anti-aging ingredients and SPF 8. This subtle rosey pink is a perfect color for those who aren’t ready for daring color but still want beautiful lips.[SHOP]