Shopping Guide: Our Favorite Spring Lipsticks, Glosses And Stains

Kati Nescher on the Spring 2013 Prada runway

It’s Springtime! That means big changes to makeup routines: gone is the matte skin, the moody ’90s lip colors, the heavy mascara, the cat’s eyes. Instead, skin gets dewier, cheeks get highlighted, liner is going from black to electric blue and moss green and lips are getting real, real bold.

This is the second of a few Spring beauty features we’ve got planned for May–the first is here. Right now we’re focusing on that tried and true warm weather character: the statement-y Spring lip.

Spring 2013 runways from Jason Wu to Prada (that’s Kati Nescher on the Prada runway up there) showed a variety of bold lips in shades from saturated pinks to electric corals and bright reds. Don’t be afraid, though! While bold lipsticks can be intimidating, a minimal, fresh face and a bright lip is easy to wear and really flattering.

We have been testing LOTS of lipsticks and stains these past few weeks and ahead you’ll find some of our favorites from NARS, Tarte, MAC, Hourglass, Make Up For Ever, Tom Ford and more…

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    • Nikola

      And for those too cheap to buy lip scrub, and too lazy to whip one up yourself, use your wet toothbrush to scrub your lips. Works pretty well.

      Also, I’m a fan of Korres lip butters. They smell nice, feel nice, come in a variety of colors that add a nice tint to your lips, but not overwhelming with color. Very moisturizing, it feels soft on your lips, but doesn’t leave them sticky, goopy, oily, gooey, or unnaturally shiny.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Yes on the toothbrush, though it lacks that delicious brown sugar taste.

        As for Korres lip butters, I’ve never tried them, so I’ll go do that this week. Thank you for the recommendation!