Hello lovelies! Lauren here – fashion blogger and color addict behind the little blog, Vandi Fair. As a blogger who celebrates color, lipstick is undoubtedly my favorite part of applying my make-up. Whether to complement a color I’m wearing or add a pop to a neutral look, I wear it everyday (except for those yoga-pants-all-day kind of days). It’s hard to believe that there was a time not long ago when lipstick, especially the bright ones, frightened me. Blame it on the big-hair-blue-eye shadow-sky-high-hair photos of my mother from the 80’s, but I just avoided the stuff altogether and opted for neutral glosses. Once I started working in the real world, however, I traded my sticky lip gloss for a collection of fresh, vivid lipsticks and never turned back.
I had the pleasure of perusing my local Sally Beauty and picking out my favorite lipsticks for the summer so I could share them with you all. I narrowed it down to six sumptuous shades that I absolutely love, and styled each of them with a look so you can get some ideas on how to wear bold, bright lipstick this summer season.
To say I’m obsessed with powder pink this season would be an understatement. I had to find a lipstick that created that soft, feminine hue and Palladio herbal Lipstick in Petal Pink delivered. I fell in love with this lipstick the second I took off the cap—it smells just like cotton candy and goes on smooth, with a moisturizing effect. Just one coat provides a visible light pink tint with a hint of a luminous shimmer. I styled it to bring out the light pink petal print in this teal maxi dress and it is the perfect finishing touch.
This luscious color is, in a word, classic. Having a go-to red lipstick is essential for every season, and the Femme Couture Shiny Color Crown in Cherry is the perfect candidate. This lip shade goes on so smooth with the feeling of a lip balm and the finish of a gloss. It’s definitely one you’ll want to keep in your purse because it will need to be re-applied every few hours, but the creamy, moisturizing feeling makes it well worth it. I paired a classic look to go with this timeless lip color. Red accents navy and yellow effortlessly and adds to the sweet, 1950’s-feel of the dress.
This lipstick is the perfect mix of pink and coral with a subtle shimmer. Since it’s not too far-off from natural lip color, it’s a great choice to spice up a casual outfit. What’s even better–the subtle shimmer of the lipstick twinkles even more in the sunlight. I styled it with a colorful summer weekend look to give it that extra color pop.
This lipstick is the brightest, most beautiful shade of poppy red that I’ve ever seen. Although it’s called coral, it’s more of an orange-meets-red hue in my book. It goes on bright and smooth with just one application and is perfect for adding some zest to a little black dress or for accentuating color, like I did. I paired it with a vivid orange and pink color block dress to continue the bright color story.
This pretty shade is more fuchsia than it is pink and I absolutely love it. It goes on with just the right amount of shine and is the ultimate statement shade. I paired it with red flowy pants to bring out the purple-pink flowers in the print and add an unexpected touch of color against the crisp white top.
This bright shade had me at flamingo. The skinny lipstick goes on easy and has a hot pink matte finish that lasts for hours. I absolutely love this lipstick and have a feeling it will be one of my go-to’s this summer. I paired it with a playful printed navy off-shoulder dress to bring out the bright pink flamingo print.