Kick off your boots, fuzzy socks, and leg warmers (um, do people wear those?): spring is coming, and soon. Okay, so that may be a little bit of wishful thinking on my part, and there may or may not have been a snowstorm less than a week ago. But still, spring is well on its way (hello, Daylight Savings Time!), and because it’s about a month too early to even think about breaking out the shorts, we’ve got spring beauty on the mind. We’re phasing out winter’s more somber lip colors — plum, berry, Bordeaux, what have you — and moving towards punchier warm-weather shades. I can’t be the only one who gets excited about seasonal makeup, right? Oh, well; here are the 7 spring lip colors we can’t (and won’t — I’ve got one of them on right now) wait to wear.
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Matte Lacquer in #504: Long-wearing liquid lipsticks are the latest innovation in lip color, but these aren’t the kind you pick up at the drugstore — you know, the ones with a dull, drying color on one end and a sticky clear topcoat on the other? If bold velvet matte color that goes on easily (thanks to the doe-foot applicator) and lasts all day without zapping the moisture out of your lips sounds like something you might like (and, duh, of course it is), this formula is the best. Thing. Ever. #504 is a gorgeous creamy fuchsia that’s bright but not neon — in other words, it’s bold, but universally flattering. [$32, Giorgio Armani Beauty]
Lancôme Rouge In Love in 170N Sequence of Love: This shade is what I like to call a “risk-free red”: it strikes the perfect balance between warm and cool tones, so it looks good on everyone, and the lightweight texture of the formula lends itself perfectly to all-day (or all-night) wear. Up to 6 hours, to be exact! I’ve had this last all day on me — granted, it was a day of very little eating or drinking, but a full day nonetheless. [$26, Lancôme]
ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Crimson & Clover: Okay, okay, so these are a perennial favorite of mine. I never stop using them, I just switch up the color based on the seasons. They’re incredibly nourishing, they’re organic, and they smell great — what’s not to love? This long-wear tinted balm goes on sheer at first but can be built up for a layer of opaque color. They’re not glossy but not matte, with a satiny finish that fades away to a stain, and this vibrant red is ideal for those who can’t be without their crimson lips but don’t want to bother with more intense formulas when it starts getting warmer. [$24, ILIA Beauty]
Aveda Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color in Cana: Julie has been wearing this gorgeous orange-red lip color for a couple of weeks now, and as a fellow orange lipstick-lover, I couldn’t help but ask what it was after seeing it on her day after day. Turns out it’s this Aveda lipstick, which goes on surprisingly matte for a formula so smooth and creamy. And let me tell you, it is sooooooo pretty. I’m obsessed… and will probably be picking it up shortly. [$16, Aveda]
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Palm Beach: Is there a bum product in Laura Mercier’s entire line? I think not. Her new Crème Smooth lipsticks are, as the name implies, smooth, creamy, and hydrating, not to mention full of long-lasting pigment. Palm Beach is the consummate warm-weather shade: it’s not quite coral and not quite pink, but whatever it is, it’s bright. Think, well, Palm Beach Barbie — this color goes perfectly with sand and sunshine. [$26, Laura Mercier]
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Blossom Dream in Bright Pink: It was a sad day in the beauty industry when Shu Uemura went off the American market a few years ago. The good news is that the US e-commerce is still kickin’, so you don’t have to fly out to Asia to get your Shu fix. This (limited-edition for spring!) gorgeous pink bridges the gap between brights and pastels, and it looks especially stunning on darker skin. [$30, Shu Uemura]