Help: I Have a Newfound Obsession With This "Uncool" Lipstick Color

There are certain lipstick colors that are undeniably cool and sultry. A classic red lip, for example, can instantly make anyone feel more put-together or powerful. A brooding, blotted wine shade is just begging to be smeared off with a kiss. A baby-pink hue feels sly and playful, especially when paired with smudged black eye shadow. You get the idea. Coral, on the other hand, has never been one of the cool kids. It's dated and a little out of touch. If red is a slinky black slip dress and Alexander Wang naked heels, coral is a Hawaiian-print shirt and socks with Birkenstocks worn on a Florida vacation. 

I don’t know exactly why I’ve always avoided coral lipstick—maybe because I’ve seen too many instances (including on myself) where it's looked too bright and garish or, on the flip side, made the wearer look washed-out and sickly. It just seems like there's so much room for error when it comes to coral, and it's never really had it's "moment," unlike its more attention-grabbing peers. Lipsticks with cool undertones have always seemed easier to pull off. 

And yet, here I am, writing this very important story about my newfound obsession with coral lipstick. I don’t know how it happened, but somehow, it’s the only shade I want to wear during this sweltering New York summer. Maybe it's because I cut back on my everyday makeup when it's hot outside and need a lipstick that gives my lips life without looking crazy with a mostly bare face. Maybe it's because I'm going through something. Either way, I feel like I’m falling in love with the invisible kid from high school who ends up blossoming into a Timothée Chalamet type. How have I overlooked you all of these years? I’m ashamed of myself for dismissing you without getting to know you and all you have to offer. You make me look tanner, you somehow make my eyes look brighter (I swear), and swiping you on just makes me feel happier. Forgive me, coral, for not giving you the time of day. You're special to me (at least for the summer). Keep scrolling to see the five best coral lipsticks for summer that I have on constant rotation—and the one I love the most. 

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