A bright, vibrant lip color is definitely a fashion “Do” – but unfortunately, they can be tough to pull off. Here are a couple of tidbits on how to master those brilliant pinks, reds and corals reminiscent of a Venice vacay:
- Ditch flakiness: Bold lip color highlights flaws, including lip crud (ew). The solution? Buff your lips with a warm, damp washcloth…or just brush them.
- Keep lip liner subtle: Unless you’re going for the “I just ate a chocolate ice cream cone” look, obvious lip liner is a mistake. Pick a color that matches your lipstick closely, and heat the pencil lightly with your hairdryer for about 15 seconds before applying to keep the look soft.
- Go monochrome: Opt for neutral makeup colors elsewhere to avoid a clownish effect; these lips look great simply paired with glowing skin and black mascara.
Luckily, there are so many awesome options on the market today that allow us to try out brights without committing a million dollars. Maybelline’s Baby Lips line and Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer both offer a wide range of colors with intense, creamy pigments that are perfect for completing this look. If I were you, though, I’d opt for Baby Lips – the finish is less shiny, which works better for the bold brights look. But play around with it!