Friday, June 6, 2014

Bright Lips for Summer

There are so many beautiful blossoms out right now, as spring turns into summer. The trees and gardens are bursting with flowers in all kinds of colours. Beauty too - spring and summer always means bright lip colours. 

I thought I'd go through my lip collection and give you some inspiration for lipstick and glosses that will give you that bright pop of colour and take you through the warmer months.

Most of my lipsticks are featured here. Bright lip colours are a staple of my beauty look. There are only a handful I didn't swatch because they're neutrals or nudes. 

L-R: MAC Relentlessly Red lipstick (matte)
MAC Force of Love lipstick (matte)
MAC Made With Love lipstick (lustre)
MAC Costa Chic lipstick (frost)
MAC Love Goddess lipstick (satin).
I think I might have a problem. The first step is admitting it, right?

So how do you wear bright lips in the summertime?
Bright lips are an easy way to wear colour. In summer, makeup needs to look and feel lighter, so switch from a foundation to a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream, and use a cream or liquid blush. Go lighter on the eyes and use a primer to keep your eyeshadow from melting. Use water-resistant mascara. Keep everything other than your lip colour soft and neutral.

L-R: MAC Catharina lipstick (cream)
Lush Liquid Lipstick in Believe
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose
OCC Lip Tar in Queen
OCC Lip Tar in Anime

So what lip colour should you wear?

It depends on your skintone what colours will give you the bright lip look. You can find bright lip colours in orange, coral, pink, red and purple and combinations of all kinds. Or if you're feeling adventurous, go with blue or green or yellow! Knowing your skin's undertone is the best place to start. You're either cool, warm, neutral or olive. Here's how to determine what your undertone is. My undertone is cool, so cooler colours look best on me. 

L-R: OCC Stained Gloss in Meta
OCC Stained Gloss in Jealous
OCC Lip Tar in Vintage
MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Red Dwarf
MAC Lipstick in Prepare for Pleasure (cremesheen)
MAC Lipstick in Absolute Power (matte)
If you are a bit shy about wearing a bright lip, brightly coloured lip glosses can give a pop of colour with far less drama than a lipstick or a lip tar. A bright lip colour brings light to your face.

L-R: OCC Lip Tar in Grandma
OCC Lip Tar in Trollop
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Crush
MAC Plushglass in Plus Luxe
MAC Lip Glass in Aleydis
Bare Minerals Lip Gloss in Birthday Cake
Make Up For Ever Super Lipgloss #21 

I hope this has helped you get inspired! Wearing a bright lip colour makes you feel just as colourful and lively as the summer weather. Try it tomorrow!


1 comment:

  1. Great post! I'm a bit of a lippy addict so this post was right up my alley. Do you have any fav coral lipsticks? I lost my fav coral and am looking for a new one.