I love pink lipstick the same way some women love—no, worship—their red bullets. I also wear it the same way: as an accessory to an outfit, sometimes with a bare face, and sometimes with a cat eye. Needless to say, I like my pink lipsticks bold. But the right kind of bold. They can’t be too muted, or too Barbie-pink and too fuchsia (see Olivia Munn below for the perfect pink).
Whenever a new lipstick collection launches, my eyes immediately scan it for the pinkest shade. If I have an event to go to, I’ll reach for the brightest pink I have. And even though spring runways were all about red lipsticks, I’m about pink bullets all day, every day. Here are three (new!) bright pinks I can’t get enough of this summer:
Wedding Season Pink: L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Liya’s Delicate Rose
I wore this velvety matte lipstick at a summer wedding last weekend. Part of L’Oréal Paris’s Color Riche Exclusive Pinks collection, it’s one of five shades. Even though it’s called Delicate Rose, it’s not so delicate. It’s the perfect pop to a cocktail dress and is just as eye-catching as a red.
Weekend Pink: YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick in Rose Saint-Germain
The best thing about finding the perfect pink is finding it in a formula you truly love and enjoy wearing. I like the look of lipsticks but I don’t necessarily enjoy the act of putting them on. This one is pleasurable from the minute you pop open the golden cap. This is my go-to pink on weekends when I don’t want anything too high maintenance but still want a nice hit of colour.
After-Work Plans Pink: Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick in Like A Princess
I like that this lipstick isn’t too shiny or too matte while delivering just the right amount of brightness. It means that if you’re in a pinch, you can skip the lip balm and reach straight for the tube. It also means you can apply this at the back of a cab and you won’t get out looking like a total mess. Plus, it actually looks better when the shine wears off (or, if you’re like me and intentionally dab it off).