Madonna, Cyndi and Boy George all did it. Even Whitney and Sade did it. And now, like all good things (!) it’s back again. Bright, bold, in-your-face lip color is the hottest trend for summer. Like the big Dynasty hair of the ’80’s, these lip shades are impossible not to notice. But how does an over 30, stay-at-home mom make this unnatural trend look, well, natural? Is it even possible?
For me, the key was to first find the right shade of lip color. With my pale skin, blue eyes and light hair I tend to look the best in cooler shades of red, pink and orange. Anything warmer, bronzy or yellow seems to somehow make me look jaundice and sickly. Not the look I want. Ever. So off to Target I went. I don’t typically buy cosmetics at a drugstore. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. I’m just more of a department store cosmetics gal, so I was seriously overwhelmed when I arrived to find what seemed like ten aisles of lipstick. Since I couldn’t try any of them on and had a toddler in tow, I quickly migrated to the cheapest stuff I could find: Wet n Wild. I hadn’t bought Wet n Wild cosmetics since I made my first attempt at applying eyeliner back in high school (so not good), but they had a decent selection of lip color and the price was right. I opted for the Mega Last long wearing color, figuring that the color I was looking at through the tube would be pretty close to what would go on my lips (vs. more creamy or moisturizing lipsticks where the color somehow seems to vanish once it hits your lips). I chose the color Purty Persimmon. I spent $2.29, which I consider to be the optimal investment for this type of lip color.
When I got home I was ecstatic to find that the color was fabulous. And so was the lipstick! I only needed to apply the lipstick once to get the desired coverage and it was the perfect mix of matte and cream. I’m sure I’ll test out a few more shades of Wet n Wild Mega Last before the bold lip color trend is over, but until then this momma is rockin’ the Purty Persimmon.
Here are a few of my tips for mommas who want to wear this trend without breaking the bank:
- Google “bold 1980’s lip color” or something similar and look for pictures of women who look like you–same skin tone, eye color, hair color (get it?)–wearing bright lipstick. Take note of the colors that look good on them and set your sights on those. This will help narrow down what you are looking for in the endless sea of drugstore lipsticks.
- Look for long wearing lipstick as the color you see in the tube will generally be the same once it’s on your lips.
- If the price is right, grab a few colors to test out at home to make sure you’ll find one you like.
- Bold lips go great (and look super chic) with monochrome outfits in shades of black, gray, navy, white and neutral. I’m sure that brightly colored lips look good with more colorful outfits as well, but I have yet to personally pull it together without looking like I’ve resurrected something from the ’80’s.
What are your favorite in-your-face lip colors for summer?