Sephora PRO artist Eliza Davila says the best way to wear a bright or bold lip is to keep everything else on your face minimal. “A lightly sculpted eye or a soft layer of neutral eye shadow will create subtle definition and balance,” she explains. “If you’re feeling like you want a little more oomph, winged eyeliner pairs well with a bold lip, too.”
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Another thing to consider? Whether to go matte or glossy. “If you’re going for a matte lip, create a beautiful glow by using luminizer on the high planes of your face like your cheekbones,” suggests Davila. “If you prefer a glossy lip, keep your skin clean and matte to make your lips the focus.”
If you’re still a bit hesitant or want to go bold, but not too bold, you can create an ombré effect. “After putting on your bold color, apply a lipstick that’s a couple shades lighter on just the center of your lip to bring light to it and create a softer look,” explains Davila. “I sometimes like to add a bit of yellow gloss, like the Sephora Collection Gloss Balm in 08 Recognize ($10), to the center of a red lip to give the lips a poutier effect.”
For summer, the shade to try is berry/fuchsia, which the pros say is one we’ll be seeing a lot of this season. We like Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Shockaholic ($24), which gives stay-put bold color without making your lips feel dry.
Expert Tip: Applying high-impact shades of lipstick with a fluffy eye shadow crease brush can create a sheer, washed-out bold lip look. “This will still give you intense color, but softer edges for a more diffused look,” says Davila.
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