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Dare to Wear Brights! Lipstick Trends

June 19, 2012

Kara Weymouth | The Bostonista

Once upon a time, (okay twelve years ago) women everywhere were brainwashed into the cult of lip-gloss. Lipstick seemed old fashioned and fussy so we smeared our lips with as much thick, shiny, goop as they could handle. It didn’t matter that it was so sticky our hair often stuck to it, or that even the flavored varieties had an oddly chemical taste, because our lips just couldn’t be shiny enough!

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger, January 2012, Courtesy of TheFashionSpot.Com

While lip-gloss formulas have improved dramatically since then, classic lipsticks in bold shades have quietly made a comeback on the vanities of the most stylish women. Actress Diane Kruger recently confided to Style.Com, “If all else fails, I feel like a lipstick can be the piece that pulls an outfit together.” And who are we to argue with Helen of Troy?

If Diane’s matte-pink lip isn’t enough to convince you just look to the vibrant lips in Thakoon’s A/W 2012 collection! His orange-red stain packs a punch even with an otherwise bare face.

Thakoon

Thakoon, A/W 2012, Courtesy of Style.Com

Ease into the color game this summer with a sheer but bright pink. Clarin’s Rouge Prodige in Paradise Pink ($24.50) is a bright coral that is universally flattering but calm enough for even the most color timid of faces.

If you’re ready to make a splash try Nars’ Funny Face ($24) or go for a shade of tangerine. Keep in mind that this current celebrity-favorite looks best on cool skin tones with a matte finish. Try SmashBox’s Limitless Lip Stain in Guava ($23) or MAC’s limited edition Sail La Vie ($15.50). Pair with a confident smile and giant sunglasses for fun in the summer sun!

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles, Courtesy of “Essence Magazine”

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