To put it simply – a beautiful lipstick has the power to make you smile, and feel more confident and gorgeous.
On most days, I usually just wear a clear lip balm or a softly-tinted gloss. But, every so often (especially for special events and “going out”), I love a pop of color on my lips. When I’m in the mood for dramatic makeup, I opt for a bright-colored lipstick. From long-wear matte lip creams to color-saturated lip balms, here are 5 beautiful lipsticks that are flattering on most skin tones.
Baby Pink Lipstick
Perfect for wearing with bronzed skin or dark smoky eyes, a matte baby pink lipstick is always a good choice. Versatile enough to wear to work or even on a date, the Il Makiage Cosmetics Infinity Long-Wear Matte Lip Cream (in the shade Matte Doll) is a stunning baby pink lipstick. It glides on easily and lasts for hours.
Bright Pink Lipstick
Both playful and pretty, a bright pink lipstick instantly adds a flirty, feminine vibe. For a lustrous semi-gloss look, I love the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick (in shade Pink Punch). This hydrating lipstick moisturizes dry lips while imparting mega-watt color. The best part is… when you purchase this limited-edition lipstick, you can feel good knowing that 100% of the proceeds support UN Women, “a global champion for women and girls, gender equality, and women empowerment.”
Vibrant Orange Lipstick
Reminiscent of decadent sherbert ice cream, a vibrant orange lipstick is always a fun choice. This warm-colored hue instantly brightens up the face and is a perfect complement to bronzed skin. When I want to impart a rich coral color on my lips, I’ve been a long-time fan of the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (in shade Heftiest Hibiscus). This super-moisturizing jumbo lip crayon is so easy to apply too.
Classic Red Lipstick
There’s nothing more timeless than a classic red lipstick, especially in a glamorous matte finish. Pair with winged eyeliner and flawless-looking skin for a Marilyn Monroe-inspired look. A great, long-wear red lipstick is the Pixi by Petra MatteLast Liquid Lip (in the shade Real Red). This lipstick provides saturated color, hydrates lips (unlike many matte lippies), and lasts all days.
Deep Plum Lipstick
For a vampy, vixen-like vibe, a deep plum lipstick is always a dramatic statement. When you’re in the mood for something sultry and alluring, the Milani Color Statement Lipstick (in Brandy Berry) is the way to go. It provides lightweight creamy texture while imparting a lustrous, semi-glossy finish. I also like the fact that it hydrates lips, keeping them from looking dry or chapped.
When wearing a deep plum lipstick, I recommend keeping the rest of the face clean-looking. That means – go minimal on the eyes and use a medium-coverage foundation for a flawless-looking finish.
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