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Bold Lipsticks That Any Skin Tone Can Pull Off

Wearing: MAC Lipstick in Girl About Town

Ever since the Kardashians came into my life, I’ve been an advocate for the nude lip and smoky eyes look (sad, but true). It became my go-to going out look for a long time. I mean, what’s not to like about it? It dresses up any outfit and makes for fabulous pictures (that and Instagram).

But lately I’ve noticed a red carpet trend that has quickly taken over my makeup regimen. From Camilla Belle rocking a deep plum pout at the Met Gala to Rachel McAdams wearing crimson lips at virtually all of her premieres , bold lip colors are a Hollywood staple. I virtually never touch my nude lipsticks or glosses these days. There’s just something about a bright lip that makes your face pop.

Wearing: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge

One major upside to eye-catching lipstick? With a vibrant lip color, you can keep the rest of your makeup routine super simple. Let the color speak for itself and bring your eyeliner and blush down a notch. When I wear a highly pigmented lipstick, I usually pair it with a killer mascara and my favorite bronzer. Also, it’s a great day to night look. It’s simple enough for a work day, but vibrant enough for a night out.

The downside? Guys seem to hate any lipstick that isn’t nude, clear, or glossy. But then again, when do guys ever like a trend? From maxi skirts to denim vests, there are a lot of things they just don’t get.

That being said, I feel like all the magazines I read say that a bright lipstick goes best with pale skin. Uh, wrong!

Wearing: NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave

Whether you’re super tan or have a paler skin tone, bold lips are all about having fun and being confident. If you think you can rock it, so will everyone else. The next time you go out, ditch your safe lip color and try a lipstick you never thought you would dare touch. Don’t be afraid to make a statement!


One of our all-time favorite red lipsticks is Beauty is Life’s Kingdom.

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