So you’re looking to establish a signature style that isn’t afraid to speak for itself. You think you’ve got your wardrobe down (though who’s to say you won’t change your mind in 5 minutes, let alone 5 months?), but you want something that will add a little extra spice. Here’s where lipstick comes in: Maybe diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a little thing called lipstick, especially in today’s bold new shades, takes the cake for any fashion maven in the modern world. Here are the 6 different lipstick shades every stylish girl, whether she’s cosmetically inclined or not, needs in her make-up arsenal. Pucker up, ladies.
1. Classic Red.
While we are all for you finding the perfect shade of classic red for your skin tone, in warmer months, we tend to gravitate more towards the lip stain. Forgo the sticky mess that is cherry red lipstick and opt for the gorgeous and more natural appearance of the lip stain. Trust us, you can't go wrong.
2. Oranges, corals and neon shades are having a SERIOUS moment right now.
Wow in this stunner of a shade to make a matching set in flattering white (try a crop top and lace shorts or midi skirt) really pop.
3. Nude (try lip pencil or lipstick, either/or).
You can also try this one out in a gloss – maybe even over pencil to touch up, if you're feeling particularly high maintenance. ;) And if you're not... we especially love how simple this color is to maintain for just how chic it looks in pulling together an outfit.
4. Wine – yes, even in the summer.
Shades of wine (think Pantone's color of the year, Marsala) are the perfect way to take your outfit from drab to fab. With dark colors, you'll put your best foot fashion-forward – and with neutral or olive items of clothing, you'll add a sexy edge. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can even try layering it with a black lipstick (a la the below-pictured Rihanna, babe-ing it up as always. Ugh, we die).
5. Pink, especially Hot Pink.
Celebs are loving the current explosion of Barbie-esque lip color on the red carpet. Our outfit of choice: A cream jumpsuit, nude heels and hints of gold accessories for extra flavor. Try it out yourself!
6. Now for the good stuff.
Try one of today's fun and bold new lipsticks in to-die-for shades of purple, blue or even a more costume-y mint green. Check out celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D's make-up line (available at Sephora), or if you're not sure you're ready just yet for such an out-there color dressing your naked lips, try sheer tones that won't look too heavy in the summer heat.
Talk about a great way to try a fearless new look – plus you're free of the commitment working a bright color often takes, which basically just means you won't have to worry about reapplying every hour. (What a relief.)
No matter what shade you choose, lipstick is a timeless staple that adds the finishing touch to polish off any look. Whether you're going for classic chic, stylish edge, urban cool, or a luxe feel (talk about sex appeal), you can never go wrong by strutting your stuff – and in this case, showcasing that perfect pout. Lesson learned: A touch of lipstick is v important, as these 6 stunning shades will tell you. In fact, it's the perfect accessory. So touch yours up and get ready to blow a kiss or two.