There’s nothing better than a bright beautiful lip color, and springtime offers up the perfect opportunity to experiment with the trendiest shades to match the vibrancy of a spring wardrobe. Have fun with your beauty arsenal this spring by trying out the trendiest shades of the season: flaming purples and hot pinks, gorgeous pearly shimmers and sexy metallics.

Spring 2015 is all about bright colors and high-gloss shine. And it’s about time! Dark matte lipsticks in colors like ox blood and purple-black have been hogging the spotlight for awhile. Don’t get me wrong, a smooth matte look is still one of my favorites, but I’m excited that bold lip glosses in super vivid colors are bursting out from every major beauty brand.

Before you start picking out your favorite shades of spring, make sure your lips are in ship-shape with my personal favorite moisturizer/secret lipstick base, Lanolips. This Australian-based product is without a doubt the best lip moisturizer I’ve ever used. Use it daily and never experience chapped lips again, for real! It actually makes my lips look so pink and juicy I sometimes opt out of lip color. When I do decide to go bold, it’s also the perfect base for lipwear. Your lipstick will never flake with this bad boy product.

I love myself a bright purple lip because I feel it draws out the hints of blue in my green eyes and makes them sparkle. I was immediately smitten when MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artist Plexi-Gloss landed on my desk in no. 500. This ultra-pigmented shade is part of a new line that will be available at Sephora in May. It has mega-staying power and a shocking amount of shine, which is a refreshing change from my usual matte mouth. The Plexi-Gloss comes equipped with a SuperFlex Applictor that ensures control, which is extra important when dealing with bold colors.

Two of my other favorite purple lippies this spring come from Too Faced’s Melted Metallic line. Jelly is an iridescent plum that would look great during a night out on the town, and Violet is a rich daytime alternative. They’re both good conversation starters, trust me. Each lustrous color comes in a tube with an angled velvet tipped applicator tip that makes them easy to put on with expert precision.

I’m aware that bright purple lipstick isn’t for the shy or timid, and it will make people look twice, but all three are super easy to apply and I’d encourage everyone to give them a try. You might be surprised at how well you rock a purple pout.

For a more traditional lip I’m in love with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artist Plexi-Gloss in 300 and 301. Both pearly pink colors are barely-there but offer a gorgeous iridescent shimmer. Our editorial intern Leah looked beautiful in both with her strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and light complexion. She also rocked Plexi-Gloss 104 and Too Faced’s Melted Metal in Debutante, each an earthy mauve, the latter with a hint of gold. If you’re looking for a pinkish mauve without the hint of gold we suggest Nars’ Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien.

Our senior writer Beth is all about a natural looking lip these days. She has auburn hair and green eyes and as much as I want to slap some bright pink lipstick on her face, this spring she’s more about a low-maintenance look. Her lipstick of choice, in general, is gilded coral. Sonia Kushuk’s Sheer Lip Colour in Sahara Sunest and Too Faced’s Tutu are her new go-tos for 2015. They both look fab with her pale coloring and dash of freckles. But, as a diligent beauty editor and the office guinea pig, I am always encouraging the team to try something new.

After plopping upwards of 40 lip colors to Beth’s desk and pestering her to try something out of her comfort zone she relented with Too Faced’s Barbie-esque pink – Melted Macaron. It looked so great on her that we all had to try it out. To all of our surprise it looked just as flattering on each of us, despite our completely different skin tones, hair and eye colors.

The bottom line: this season it’s all about a bright bold lip. Don’t be afraid to experiment with purple, hot pink, or any other color that might catch your eye.

 

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