“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.