April 26, 2017

Pretty spring makeup- a bright lip is it!

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Bright lipstick is my Holy Grail beauty product. When I’m in a hurry and I don’t have much time to do my makeup, I put on a bright lip color. Add some tinted CC cream and a swipe of mascara and BAM, I’m done! Ha-ha, just kidding… Like I would ever leave the house without concealer. My neighbors would think I inhaled bath salts and zombie-fide myself. But I digress… If you want to look polished, but don’t have time to painstakingly follow the twenty-something steps in your average Jaclyn Hill makeup tutorial, just throw on a bright lip. Of course, if you do have the time then, by all means, hit up Youtube and watch y’all some Jaclyn, she’s insanely gorgeous and her tutorials are the bomb.

So many women are afraid they cannot pull off a bright lipstick. They think it will draw too much attention to any flaws in their complexion or facial features. But while a bright lip certainly draws attention, it mostly does so to your mouth alone, which means it can actually help detract from a multitude of other sins. Keeping the rest of your makeup fairly simple means you can wear it during the day, even running errands or the office. Just add some winged eyeliner and you’re ready for a hot date, fundraising gala, red carpet event…

My bright lip picks

Below are the lipstick and lip glosses I use when creating a fab bright lip. All of them can be found at your local drugstore for under $10:

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I actually have this $5.99 Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle from NYX in both Pink Lace (above) and Pink Cloud, a pretty pale pink color. I use the Pink Cloud as a blush – it’s  a perfect dupe of the $40 YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Frivole Rose. That’s a $34 savings- insert virtual mic drop here.

bright lipThis gorgeous hot pink from L.A. Girl is called Bliss and reminds me a lot of the $17 MAC lipstick Fusion Pink, only it’s a much cheaper $3.99.

This glamorous red from the Rimmel Provocalips line has the greatest name, “Kiss Me You Fool”. Ah, if I had a nickel…It looks like the lip color Sienna Miller is wearing in the collage above. Bonus- it’s long wearing and only $6.99.

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I think this bright pink lip stain from J. Cat is pretty close to the bombshell shade Emma Stone is wearing here. Only I doubt she is wearing a $5.00 lipstick. Welllll, she could be…she seems like the kind of girl who wouldn’t poo-poo drugstore items. Unless of course she swallowed one. (Yeah, I went there…)

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This beautiful fuschia-red from Fiona Stiles is normally $16, but right now it’s on sale at Ulta for only $8.00. Most of the other lipsticks shown here are matte, but this Hydrashine lip color is creamier and glossier, while still delivering a brightly pigmented look.

I’d be remiss if I did not include the iconic Fire & Ice lip color from Revlon for $8.49. This orange-based red that first made its appearance in 1952 looks like it might make your teeth appear more yellow, but it doesn’t seem to do that to my less than snow-white teeth, and it is flattering on a variety of skin tones.

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And last but certainly not least, is this $7.99 Electric Pink from Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational line. Despite its name, it’s one of the most wearable brights in my makeup bag. Because it is a matte shade, the color is a muted bright making it appropriate for everyday wear. And, take it from a consummate lip licker (uh, my own, jeez), it lasts much longer than most long-wearing lipsticks out there.

So the next time you’re out of time, or the next time you need a pop of color to brighten up your makeup look, try one of these super affordable bright lipsticks above!





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  1. robin rue says:

    I love all of those colors you chose. I am usually boring with lipsticks and go with earthy tones, but I love the bright colors you have here.

  2. These are all such great colors. I rarely wear lipstick because I hate when it gets on my cups when I’m drinking water. I might have to start again once in a while.

  3. Back in the day as they say. if you wore a bright lip it would have to be teamed with a nude eye, but nowadays anything goes! Pinterest is full with so many images of astounding make-up. You really can pull anything off.

  4. Love all the colours, they are bright and also very elegant

  5. These are pretty colors. I know I look better with darker colors such as a matte burgundy.

  6. Very spring, colorful and lively colors. I am looking forward to calmer weather and hotter looks.

  7. I think this is good advice. Bright lipstick when you don’t have a chance to fully do your makeup draws the eyes away and makes it look like you have done more than you did. And these are some good choices.

  8. Wow these are so nice and bright colors. I love all shades of pink. I would love to buy pink shade for me.

  9. I’m persoanlly a nude shades kinda girl but loved seeing the spring shades on women who can carry them off. (Aside: found the post a little hard to read on a smaller device – maybe increase the font size?)

    • Thanks so much for the helpful feedback! I never read it from my phone but I know almost every else does!:)

  10. What a pretty hot pink color for spring! It makes me excited for summer. I always forget about lipstick, but I feel so much prettier when I wear it.

  11. These really are great looks for spring. The lip colors are so bright and beautiful!

  12. angela milnes says:

    These are all looks a good shades and I love bright colors, I would love to get one.

  13. That’s my style too. One bright lipstick can elevate mood, add sass and put a bounce on your steps. Loved it!

  14. Elizabeth O. says:

    Bright lip colors are definitely more in this season! I love the bright pink hues. They’re really perfect for Spring especially with all the bright clothes.

  15. I usually wear the darker shades even if it’s Spring or Summer. But I’d have to agree, those bright lips are making a statement.

  16. That’s so lovely! With all the bright clothing, bright lips seems appropriate to match all of those. I really think they’re great!

  17. Jennifer L says:

    Oh I love a good bright lip too! I need to check out the L.A Girl lipstick cause it looks really good and love the price. I own like two of the provocalips and theyre really good too.

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