Left to right: Mac Impassioned, Revlon Showy, Revlon Strawberry Shortcake,
Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin, Maybelline Pin Up Peach
During spring I try to ease into vibrant colours, but as soon as summer makes its appearance I'm giddy to rock the bright hues. Bring on the orange, fuchsia and Barbie pinks! Although, I do have to contradict myself a little and say that it's also important to have some neutral picks that are perfect for no-makeup, makeup days spent at the beach or by the pool. They really work with any beauty look and add just the slightest amount of colour and shine to brighten my face.
You'll notice I use the word 'tan' several times during this post...because a bronzed complexion just does something special to compliment the majority of these lipsticks. They somehow look completely different than they would with a pale face during winter months. Hurray for sun-kissed glows!
Fun fact: this is the first Mac lipstick I ever purchased. I just love its neon, fuchsia hue, especially when worn with a sweet floral dress. It's an interesting colour because it leans a little red, yet has come coral to it as well. The amplified creme finish makes it super bold, long-lasting and perfect for summer nights.
Revlon Matte Balm in Showy
This is probably the brightest lipstick in my collection. It's a bubblegum, cool-toned pink - unlike anything I own. To be honest, I thought it would be very tough to pull off at first, but when paired with the right makeup and complimented with a tan, it's perfect for summer. I like to keep the focus on my lips when wearing this colour, so often opt for a nearly naked eye. Aside from a couple coats of mascara, I'll wear white eyeliner on the waterline to make them look wider, or go for a clean swipe of black liquid liner.
An oldie, but a goodie! I'm still head over heels for the Colorburst Lip Butters and use them more in the summer when my lips tend to be a little dehydrated or burnt from too much vitamin d. They feel really nice and moisturizing on the lips, but provide high pigmentation at the same time. This pale pink looks really great...(can you guess?)...with a tan!!! It's an easy neutral that can be worn with any makeup or outfit choice.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin
I love me a good orange lipstick! To me, it's the definition of summer. I wish I could pull off those straight-up, true orange colours, but unfortunately they're just a little too yellow-toned and don't work for my complexion. Instead I prefer to rock ones with red undertones that are still electric and vibrant, like this one!
Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach
Another hydrating neutral that can be worn with anything. This sheer coral is slightly glossy, with the tiniest amount of golden shimmer, and adds a slight hint of colour to my lips for a fresh and natural look. It's the lipstick I reach for on days when I don't want to put effort into getting ready, but also don't want to look like I just rolled out of bed.
Hit me up with some of your summer favourites. The brighter, the better! If there's a neon lipstick on the market you think I should try, let me know!