The Best Ways to Wear Bold Lipstick This Summer

Rachel Krause
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The Best Ways to Wear Bold Lipstick This Summer
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Summer makeup revolves around two things: the “natural” look, and bold, eye-catching lip color. We’re fully on board with both, but to the uninitiated, a statement lip can seem as intimidating as anything. Rest assured—not only is it way, way easier to pull off than it seems, but a bold lip is one of the easiest ways to get a serious summer look with minimal time and effort. Don’t believe us? We’re breaking down 8 of the best ways to wear bold lipstick this summer and beyond.

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A high-gloss finish is never more appropriate than in the height of summer. Worn with fresh skin and natural brows, it's even more fitting for the season—just be sure you work an SPF lip balm into the mix.

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Cool-toned cotton candy pink is plenty intimidating in the tube, but one swipe on (well-moisturized) lips and you'll know you've made the right choice. It's especially gorgeous on those with blue and green eyes, courtesy of the contrasting colors.

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That's right: Go ahead and eschew your lip brush in favor of the smudgy, blurred effect this summer. Pair a vivid pink shade in a satiny finish with polished brows, and you're good to go.

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The key to pulling off this bright clementine orange lip color is all in the application. Now's the time to employ your lip brush, along with a careful hand and Q-tips at the ready for clean-up. Dewy skin and a pink-nude blush applied with a light hand make for the perfect complements.

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It's not for the faint of heart, but a cool purple lip is the night-out look to end all night-out looks this summer. Well-groomed statement brows and flawless skin finish off the fresh, but still vampy, look.

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Soft focus, not smeared, is the new precisely-applied lipstick this season, with the darkest, most pigmented color concentrated toward the center of the lips. It has a gorgeous romantic effect when worn with lightly flushed cheeks and clean, brushed-up brows.

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Even the most inexperienced lipstick aficionado can master this easy, straightforward look. Perfect your foundation, add a touch of peachy blush, and use the pad of your finger to tap on a bold, bright shade, pressing the color into lips as you go.

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Yes, a dark lip can work for summer. The key is in pairing it with makeup that's otherwise low-key, like clean, highlighted skin and natural brows—and some clumpy mascara, if you like. Totally optional.

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