Bold Lips for Summer (Our Top 10 Shades)

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When I think of summer, I think of super-easy beauty routines. Hair slicked back into a ponytail or air-dried waves, fresh, dewy skin . . . and bright lips. Wearing bold colors on your lips is the easiest (and fastest) way to look put together. A purple shade can brighten tired, sallow skin, an orange one looks amazing with a tan, and a classic red, well, red just always looks good. Keep it simple and leave the rest of your makeup minimal. Wear tinted moisturizer and a bit of cream blush during the day. and add a bit of mascara and highlighter for night. Cut your beauty routine in half and let your lips do the talking—er—you know what I mean.

Here are my 10 all-time favorite bold lip colors for summer:

The  Best 10 Bold Lip Colors For Summer 2019

Red Lip Colors

1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, orange & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Sephora  | Stila Cosmetics | Amazon

The TME Why: My favorite bright red color that won’t budge.

Fun Brand Fact: This is reportedly AOC’s lipstick of choice!

2. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, orange & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10. 

Nordstrom | MAC Cosmetics | Macy’s

The TME Why: A classic, best-selling matte red from MAC.

Who Wears It Best: Everyone! This one is universally flattering.

Pink Lip Colors

3. NARS Lipstick in Schiap

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, orange & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

NARS Cosmetics | Sephora | Macy’s

The TME Why: An iconic semi-matte bright pink.

Perfect For: When you want to feel like a badass.

4. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip in Unlocked

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, orange & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Sephora 

The TME Why: A gorgeous vivid pink color that won’t budge.

Fun Brand Fact: Rihanna wanted to create a “lipstick that wouldn’t budge—even as you eat, even as you make out.” 

Orange Lip Colors

5. MAC Lipstick Cream in Morange

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, orange & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Nordstrom | Ulta | MAC Cosmetics

The TME Why: A warm orange with a cream finish that’s non-drying.

Perfect For: Someone who wants to try something new for summer.

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Bang

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, orange & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Sephora | Nordstrom | Ulta

The TME Why: A bright orange-red in a waterproof liner formula.

How to Wear: Outline your lips and fill in with the liner, then top with lip balm for easy long-lasting color for the beach or pool.

Purple Lip Colors

7. Lipstick Queen Blue by You Metallic Lipstick

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, orange & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Ulta | Amazon | Birchbox

The TME Why: One of my favorites of the bunch!

Perfect For: Those who like a little bit of shimmer.

8. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, organge & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Ulta | Amazon

The TME Why: Shana swears this purple looks good on everyone!

Wear it With: Your salsa shoes for a night of dancing.

Coral Lip Colors

9. Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Soft Coral 

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, organge & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Sephora

The TME Why: Budget-friendly bright lips that last throughout the day.

Pro Tip: Wipe off excess product from wand before applying for even and precise application.

10. Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Nectar

Your summer must-have wardrobe staple? Bold lip color. Red, pink, purple, organge & coral lipstick top off minimal makeup perfectly. Here's our top 10.

Chanel | Nordstrom

The TME Why: I’ve loved this gloss formula since trying it over 10 years ago—it’s moisturizing without being sticky.

Who I’d Buy it For: Someone who’s afraid of lipstick but wants to try a fun bold color (this one is sheer).

Shop Our 10 Best Lip Colors For Summer

 

XOXO,

Scotti

PS – If you have a favorite bold color (especially a long-wearing one) let me know in the comments!

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6 Comments

  1. That Urban Decay lip line in Bang looks amazing! Shopping enabler Strikes again, lol. Can’t wait to try it out. Thank you for the post. A new bold lip is such an easy and fun way to overhaul your summer look.

    • You’re so welcome! I love rounding up my favorites like this – let me know if you ever want to see a post on something specific. I’m thinking about doing my top 10 highlighters . . .

  2. I love your list! I also love the Trish McEvoy lip crayon color ‘plum’. This is long lasting and also can be used on your cheeks! Check it out.

  3. I was actually looking for a tinted moisturizer/ primer layer that I can wear on its own. Summer in Atlanta does not lend itself well to any sort of makeup with any sort of real coverage. I guess I’m loosing for something that will look more dewy and not super glowy if that makes sense.

    I was looking at the Charlotte Tilsbury Hollywood flawless filter that you suggested before. But I’m not sure how much coverage/ glow that would provide.

    It seems like you’ve done a roundup of those sorts of products before but I haven’t gone digging yet.

    Or a mascara roundup? I never know what the difference is between the products or really if there is much of one. My biggest issue is finding one that doesn’t irritate my eyes.

    I’m not even much of a makeup person but I really like your posts!

  4. Scotti, I would love to see a roundup of non-orange, non-glittery bronzers in a range of budget options. It’s a never ending quest for a pale person who likes to warm up a little in the summer!

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