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5 Lip Color Shades You Need This Summer

Whether we’re talking, kissing or laughing, our lips do a lot, so it’s important they always look great. The right lip color will not only draw the attention to your mouth in the best way possible, but can also help you complete the perfect summer beauty look.

Whether you’re a lipstick fanatic looking to spice up your collection this summer or you’re completely new to the lip-color game, HC is here to help with a guide of the shades you absolutely need to rock this summer.

1. Hot Pink

If you’re looking to make a statement during a night out, makeup expert Dorothy Strouhal from Your Makeup Expert recommends a bright pink hue. She says that Obsessive Compulsive’s Lip Tar is a great go-to brand for long-lasting color.  For a bold look, try the brand’s Mannequin – Malibu Pink shade ($18, Sephora). If you’re looking for a similar look that’s a little quieter, try the Pretty Boy – Super-Rich Fuchsia shade ($18, Sephora).

With such a bright shade, it’s important to tone down your eye makeup to avoid looking overdone. This look can be a great summer alternative to the deep red shade that’s often used for winter, so don’t be afraid to sport bright lips for a night out on the town!

While this shade is ideal for medium to dark skin tones, if you’re on the fair side, you can still rock this look (hello, Emma Stone!)! If you’re worried that this color might pop a little bit too much against your pale skin, go for a slightly darker shade, like this M.A.C Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum ($16, Nordstrom).

2. Coral

A lip-color shade that’s been taking over the fashion world, coral is the perfect summer shade for someone who’s looking for a unique look that still plays it safe. Try Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral ($7.99) for a bold and flirty look that will also plump your lips! Coral is ideal for any summer occasion, whether it’s in the office, on a date or simply walking around town. Wearing this shade instantly makes your look chic.

If your skin is on the lighter side, go for a lighter shade of coral, such as peach with orange tones. For darker skin, try a heavier orange base.

3. Vibrant Red

No matter what the season, every collegiette needs a red lip in her collection. “A classic red lip is always in style!” Strouhal says. “So find your favorite shade and wear it well! Red always has a commanding and classic look when done right.”

To perfect the look (great for a girls’ night or date night!) and give it a summery edge, try NARS lipstick in Heat Wave ($26, Sephora) for a bold twist on a timeless classic.

4. Tangerine

Don’t be intimidated by the name! Going for a shade of orange doesn’t mean you’re going to look like a pumpkin. Tangerine offers a striking look that doesn’t intimidate. For the perfect balance of bold and beautiful, try NP Set Lipstick in Noosa ($12)

Tangerine is the perfect shade to transition from day to night. For a shade that has a great balance of orange and pink (great for all skin tones!), try Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color in Pamplelune ($36).

5. Pink-Based Nude

Wearing a soft pink or nude lip color allows you to keep your mouth looking great while highlighting other parts of your face without looking like you’re overdoing it. A nude lip can seem outdated or too boring for your exciting summer plans, but by adding a pink undertone to this classic style, the look instantly refreshes to one that’s fresh and flirty.

This look is perfect for work, a casual lunch or a date night. For a color that shines but doesn’t go over the top, try NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight in ($25).


Don’t be afraid to play up your lips this summer!  Try out one of these shades for a gorgeous, summery look.

Abby is a University of Delaware graduate with a degree in English. Along with writing for Her Campus as an entertainment blogger, she has interned in the editorial departments of Cosmopolitan and Us Weekly. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram! 
Cassidy is a Digital Production intern at Her Campus. She's currently a junior studying journalism at Emerson College. Cassidy also is a freelance reporter at the Napa Valley Register and a staff writer at Her Campus Emerson. Previously she blogged for Seventeen Magazine at the London 2012 Olympics, wrote for Huffington Post as a teen blogger and was a Team Advisor at the National Student Leadership Conference on Journalism, Film, & Media Arts at University of California, Berkeley and American University in Washington, D.C.. When she's not uploading content to Her Campus or working on her next article, Cassidy can be found planning her next adventure or perfecting her next Instagram. Follow her on Twitter at @cassidyyjayne and @cassidyjhopkins.