Even if you're a founding member of the Warm-Weather Hating Club (sheepishly raises hand), there's no way around it: Summer is here. And with sun-kissed skin, humid air and unavoidable sweat comes a total shake-up of our everyday beauty routines — including lipstick. But unless you're a straight-up makeup wizard, finding a new color that actually flatters your skin tone (in a formula that isn't going to annoy you) can be fairly tricky. So instead of combing through every color in the rainbow to find your perfect shade, we've got you covered with the four prettiest hues to experiment with this season.
"Over the past year, we've been living with a lot of dark, matte nudes," says makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci. "But the summer is just an obvious time to play up colors like orange red and bright berry." Before you retire every dark pigment in your makeup cabinet, Ciucci notes the unexpected and seriously cool nature of wearing brassy, metallic and monochromatic-nude tones in warmer weather. "A nude lip with a nude eye is super chic for the summer," she explains, "and metallics are definitely your most trendy lip choice of the moment."
With firey orange-red, vibrant berry, soft nude and glossy metallic at the forefront of our summer lipstick search, we found 12 standout formulas that won't crack or melt off your lips in the heat, smudge on your wine glass or clash with your (sunless!) tan. Click through the galleries below to discover your new go-to summer lip shade.
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