Published on June 19, 2017

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Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN

Summer is all about a bright, bold lip and makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci definitely agrees. “My summer beauty routine is super low-maintenance: SPF 50+, tinted lashes, and a bold lip. While the instinct is to go sheer and natural in the heat, a poppin’ pout is the quickest way to make a statement on sunny days. The contrast is unexpected. Don’t be afraid to pick strongly pigmented shades, like cherry red, neon melon, or magenta, which look chic against all skin colors and hold up under the bright summer light.” 

Click through to discover 10 of our favorite bold lip colors, which will hopefully inspire your summer beauty buys. 
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Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Rosebud 

Glides on smooth and then sets to a luxurious velvet finish that retains moisture, thank you Poppy King (Lipstick Queen’s founder and head queen in charge).

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Photography by Chantecaille

Chantecaille Lip Sleeks in Tango

Olive oil-derived squalene lip colors in clickable tubes that are super nourishing, and leave the prettiest stain when faded. Tango is the juiciest, peach color!

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Photography by Burberry

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Oxblood 

The perfect matte oxblood lip with a soft, creamy texture. Read: no more dry, matte lips.

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Photography by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip 

Super pigmented and great for on-the-go reapplication, this lip color features hues such as: Hot Tangerine, Papaya, and Boysenberry.

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Photography by Tarte

Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick in Popsicle 

With a focus on hydrating the lips, while also giving a bright splash of color, consider this your summer go-to.

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& Other Stories Lip Gloss in Deuce Pink 

This bold, bright pink was made for the fearless beauty maven.

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Shiseido Rouge Rouge in


A classically beautiful bright red that’ll complement just about your entire summer wardrobe. 

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RMS Lip2Cheek in Modest 

The most gorgeous summer color. “Not too coral, not too orange and not too pink – it’s a modern pop of color to highlight any skin tone,” says RMS founder Rose-Marie Swift. 

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bareMinerals Statement Lip in Juicy  

No stickiness, no dryness, no mess, no-brainer. This brand new buy is oh-so lovely.  

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Cle Melting Lip Powder in

Ultra Summer

The only stain you’ll need this summer. With its revolutionary powder-to-liquid-to-stain finish, it almost lasts too long. 

This story is part of our special 100 Days of Summer series. You can find more tips and fun ideas here.

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