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Summer Beauty How To: pulling off a bright lipstick

Samara Gentle

In my work travels as a makeup artist I often hear people say, ‘I wish I could pull off a bright lip’.

Do you know what the secret is? Put on some bright lipstick. There – you pulled off a bright lip!

Seriously…there is no secret to it!

If you love the idea but are still too afraid, it may be best to start of with a colour that’s slightly brighter or deeper than your natural lip colour. You should also keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum so that your lips are the focus. Rather than pairing it with heavy eye makeup, just add a few swipes of mascara.

I also suggest you invest in a matching lip pencil. Lip pencils are a great tool to make your lipstick look perfect and crisp. First outline your lips, fill them in slight with the lip pencil then add your lipstick over the top. This will stop the colour from bleeding and adds a professional element to your look.

Once you start to feel more comfortable with your colour, upgrade to a darker or brighter colour and so on.

For nights out you can be a lot bolder quicker. For your next girls’ dinner out throw on a red, pink or orange lip (whatever suits your outfit). Even ask your girlfriends what they think of the colour!

Here are some bright lipsticks I’m LOVING at the moment to give you some inspiration.


L to R:  Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore ($36), Jungle Red by NARS ($39), Morange by MAC ($36)

What’s your favourite bright lipstick?


Samara Gentle

Samara is a Canberra based freelance makeup artist who specialises in bridal and event makeup but loves the creativity of fashion and editorial. She has a passion for sharing her pro knowledge and seeing other women embrace makeup to help share their personal style. More about the Author

  • Sally

    I’ve only just plucked up the courage to wear bright lipstick after watching my sister-in-law do it effortlessly for years. In May last year we visited LA where she promptly visited the local MAC store and applied ‘Lady Danger’ (bright, bright orange), instantly over-ruling any signs of jetlag.

    My current favourite is Flamingo by Flower Beauty (Drew Barrymore’s line), great staying power and HOT pink!

    I’ve also been trying the red lip thing and have found Rouge Dior by Dior in ‘Montmartre’ to be a lovely, pink based red that I can pull off better than a brick or even blue-based red lipstick, especially with the cooler tones going on in my eyes and hair.

    • Amanda Whitley

      Ooh, I’m going to have to try them, Sally! I only got into bright lipstick in the last year, too and can’t wait to try a fab orange…

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