It’s hard to imagine wearing anything but deep red and wine shades on our lips in the winter, but frankly, we’re really missing our summer lipstick that’s been collecting dust in our makeup cabinet for months. Well, consider this: your skin is probably the fairest it’s going to be all year right now, so why not wear a lip color that instantly brings out the rosiness in your cheeks and brightens your complexion? And yes, we know all you really want to put on your dried-out pout right now is chap stick, so we found the best formulas that are super-hydrating and super-pigmented. You’re welcome!
Hot pink: Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Palomino
This is definitely a go-big-or-go-home shade, but we’re not kidding when we say it instantly brings color to even the palest skin as soon as you put it on. Plus, it’s packed with as much of the antioxidant resveratrol as five glasses of wine and is made of only food-grade ingredients, which helps keep the moisture going for hours and hours.
Available at Sephora for $24
Fuschia: Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick by Giorgio Armani Beauty in 503 Diva
A color like 503 Diva is a subtle fuschia that will flatter all skin tones, and touted as the first “CC Lipstick,” the formula feels like and performs the duties of a lip balm as it adds and retains the lips’ moisture, but delivers a pop of saturated color that’s equivocal to that of your favorite lipstick.
Available at Nordstrom for $34.
Coral: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Elite
With a consistency this sheer, LipSurgence’s newest coral shade doesn’t scream “mid-summer beach day,” but gives a sort of golden glow that warms up the complexion. Plus, the best-selling paraben and sulfate-free formula is like a gloss-balm that gradually dries to a stain that, surprisingly, keeps the lips moist for hours after applying just one quick swipe.
Available at Sephora for $24.
Orange: Clinique Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Ambrosia
Considering the runways have forecasted orange lips to be THE beauty trend for spring, why not get a head start on it? Clinique’s Butter Shine really does live up to its name, providing a silky layer of pigmented color that glides onto lips thanks to its gel-like consistency and makes them cushiony-soft.
Available at Sephora for $15.
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