Lipstick is a wonderful accessory. It makes us feel powerful, bold, and endlessly chic. But oftentimes we stick to the script when it comes to choosing a color. Reds, pinks, and nudes get all the love, and our purples, golds, and even blues collect dust inside our vanities. My advice? Break with convention! Go forth and apply all the bold shades you so choose.
Just in case you’re still feeling cautious (we feel you), we collected tips from top makeup artists on how to make it work flawlessly. They’ve revealed their favorite fun hues as well as tricks for how to apply them correctly.
Keep scrolling to learn how to get adventurous with your lipstick.
“Blue makes teeth look ultra-bright and beautiful. To rock this shade right, pair it with your favorite blue eyeliner as a base, which will provide a longer wear with no bleeding. Try Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L ($19) as the base under Make Up For Ever’s Artist Plexi-Gloss Lip Lacquer in Beetle ($19).” — Lijha Stewart, director of artistry and education at Make Up For Ever
“Black lipstick is a new take on glamour that is more edgy than a red lipstick. It works really well with dark skin tones, but feel free to go for it even if you’re fair. You can use Lipstick Queen’s Black Tie Optional ($22); apply straight from the tube, or ease yourself into the look by applying it over a shade you’re already comfortable with.” — Poppy King, founder of Lipstick Queen
“Shimmer lipstick is back, and this is not your grandma’s frosty pink. It’s more like a trip back to Studio 54 in the ’70s. Pair this bad boy with a bronze eye and a fabulous winged liner and you’re ready for a night on the town.” — Lijha Stewart
We’re loving Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Creme Colour Concentrate ($23) in Icarus.
“Purple is the color of royalty, so wear this shade when you want to exude power and presence. Prep lips with a layer of concealer before applying your lipstick, to ensure you get a smooth outer lip line and subtly soften the intensity of the shade.” — Lijha Stewart
And if you’re curious about the most popular red lipstick on the Internet, we’ve got that covered too.