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The PRiME Woman’s Guide to Wearing Bright Lipstick

Many women think that bright lipstick can be aging, but it’s really all about how you wear it! So whether you’re aiming to look good during a Zoom call or a socially-distanced outing, let’s run through some bright lipstick tips and tricks. (Spoiler: it’s not as intimidating as you may think!)

Prep your lips.

First things first — before you opt for a bright lipstick, you need to make sure you’re properly exfoliating! Try a gentle sugar-based scrub, like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator ($24). It contains brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes, along with shea butter and jojoba oil to keep lips moisturized.

If you’re currently dealing with dry lips, treat yourself to a mask or treatment. Bite Beauty Agave+ Intensive Vegan Lip Mask ($26) is packed with superfoods and agave nectar to boost hydration. Chapped (or bitten) lips can also benefit from an overnight treatment like Neosporin Lip Health ($6.99) — just apply it before bedtime for smoother lips in the morning.

Pick a bright lipstick to suit your skin tone.

Most of us remember stepping up to the makeup counter and being branded as a season. Personally, I was a “fall,” so artists would always try and stick me with darker colors. However, it never really turned out that great. Thankfully these days we can turn to color theory and use our skin’s undertones to find our most flattering hues.

If you have darker skin, try warm reds and corals. NYX Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Color in Besos ($5.60) is highly pigmented for that stunning red-orange pout.

Lighter skinned ladies, reach for a fun berry or pink! Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love in Flamingo ($24) is a punchy pink that contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and smooth.

Olive, yellow and other warm skin tones, you have it made! Just about any color will look great on you, like Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly in Fire ($14). This is also a solid option for dipping your toes into the world of bright lipsticks — it goes on sheer for buildable color.

Small lips? Steer clear of mattes.

Matte lip colors have been trending for a while, but those with smaller lips may want to opt for something with shine. As we age, our bodies tend to produce less collagen, resulting in smaller lips. Glossy and shiny lipsticks reflect off of the skin to the appearance of bigger, fuller lips. It’s also important to note that brighter colors tend to make lips look full, while darker shades have the opposite effect. All the more reason to reach for something bright and fun!

To lengthen the life of your color, you may want to pick up a lip liner. You don’t have to use a liner that matches your lipstick color — even a nude color will help hold everything in place. NYX Lip Liners ($4) have a great buttery long-wearing formula that resists bleeding.

Some of my favorite fun colors are Limelife’s Perfect Lipsticks like the pinky “Girl’s Night Pout” (102) or a fun sheer coral like “Shirley Temple” (206)!

Also, Dior Addict Lipstick (I totally paired with the lip scrub) which has an amazing shine to it with some ridiculously amazing colors to boot like “Lucky Berry” (536) or “Must Have” (579).

Stick with one statement.

If you’re wearing bright lipstick, let that be the focus and keep the rest of your makeup relatively simple. Don’t go overboard with eye makeup — just some neutral eyeshadow and a bit of your best mascara will do the trick. After all, you want your lips to be the star of the show!

Now that we’ve covered everything to know about bright lipsticks, let’s review the importance of a quality makeup primer! Read about why you need a primer (and some top-reviewed primers to try today)

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