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Matte, Satin, Velvet, or Glossy—Grab a Coral Lipstick!

The pink-meets-orange shade might scream summer, but it's sticking around for fall. Here's a handful of ways to make coral work best for you.
  • Matte, Satin, Velvet, or Glossy—Grab a Coral Lipstick!
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    Photo: Justin Coit
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color ($24) in Valencia Orange
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    Photo: Justin Coit

    A creamy, satin-finish lipstick is the easiest to wear—and apply! Brown asked model Sasha to swipe Bobbi Brown's Creamy Matte Lip Color ($24) in Valencia Orange on herself: “When you apply it yourself the pigment is really pressed down into the lips,” Brown says.

     

  • M.A.C. Lipstick ($15) in Sweet & Sour
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    M.A.C. Lipstick ($15) in Sweet & Sour

  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar ($18) in Electric Grandma
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    Photo: Justin Coit

    Brown patted Jane Iredale’s In Touch Highlighter ($28) into the center of the bottom lip to add extra dimension to the glossy finish of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar ($18) in Electric Grandma.

  • Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss ($28) in Nectar
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    Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss ($28) in Nectar

  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25) in Bolero
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    Photo: Justin Coit

    Well-hydrated lips are key to making a powdery matte finish look fresh and stay put. Rub Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($6) into your lips at the start of your makeup routine and by the time you’re ready to apply a matte pencil or lipstick, like Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25) in Bolero, they’ll be moisturized, not shiny.

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick ($7) in Smoked Peach
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    Revlon’s Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick ($7) in Smoked Peach.

  • M.A.C. Lipstick ($15) in Lickable and M.A.C. Pigment Powder ($21) in Neo-Orange
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    Photo: Justin Coit

    The multi-hued pout’s shown up everywhere from Dior Couture to Jason Wu in the past year, so Brown deconstructed coral, putting M.A.C. Lipstick ($15) in Lickable on the upper lip and the outer corners of the lower, using a brush to press M.A.C.'s Pigment Powder ($21) in Neo-Orange into the center of the lower lip and out for a not-quite-ombre look we dubbed “The Big Stick.”

  • Laura Mercier Gel Lip Color ($22) in Dollface
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    Laura Mercier Gel Lip Color ($22) in Dollface

  • M.A.C. Lipstick ($15) in Lickable and NYX Butter Gloss in ($5) Peach Cobbler
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    Photo: Justin Coit

    For the brightest lip on our spectrum, Brown layered NYX Butter Gloss ($5) in Peach Cobbler over that same hot pink lipstick, M.A.C.'s Lickable, so that it’d pop from underneath. Powder the lips before applying the stick so that the hot pink pigment stays put and you’ll only need to tote the gloss for touch-ups.

  • L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain ($10)  & Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss ($45) in Peach Absolute
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    L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain ($10)  and Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss ($45) in Peach Absolute.

    Photographer: Justin Coit
    Makeup artist: Kristina Brown at Jed Root
    Model: Sasha at Photogenics

“In my opinion, summer officially starts when gals put on their coral lips,” says makeup artist Kristina Brown, who’s worked with women like Jaime King, Amber Valletta, and Agyness Deyn. Given its presence on Oscar de la Renta’s fall runway, and recent iterations on stars like January Jones and Hanneli Mustaparta, we’ll go ahead and bet that the pink-meets-orange shade sticks around for fall, too. So it’s worth finding out exactly which kind of coral lip looks best with your skin.

Brown says, “Generally speaking, peachy, sheer colors are great for ladies with lighter skin tones.” Those with medium to olive skin can be more playful because “vibrant, true coral tones look like a million bucks on them and they can get away with opaque textures.” If you have darker skin, Brown suggests reaching for the orangiest corals to “really let the color pop!”

Whether you choose a pale matte shade like Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25) in Bolero or a glossy orange like NYX Butter Gloss ($5) in Peach Cobbler, keep the rest of your face simple—a few coats of black mascara, some illuminator, and a tan are the best accessory. Check out Brown’s favorites, above.

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