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I’m a fan of the classic red lip but I feel like there’s always room for experimentation when it comes to summer lipstick choices. It just so happens that I have a few hues I’ve been curious to try out – namely a bright cerulean blue. What makes these bold lipsticks wearable, in my opinion, is their matte texture. They’re a subdued loud lip when they aren’t glossy.

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Tinted balms are a nice way to dip your toe into the bold lipstick department. These two Tom Ford shades in Neotropic and Pure Shores have been on heavy rotation for me. They are a more pigmented balm option. Bonus: they come in a “clutch” size – they’re about 2/3 the size of a regular lipstick which makes them the perfect option for a small summer handbag.

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Ever wanted your lips to look they’ve been dyed by a Popsicle? Look no further than the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate palettes. They allow you to blend and shade your lips with two tones. This is my grape popsicle look I created with the Saboteur palette. The other palette is a more neutral option in Automatic.

 

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Stellar is a new brand that’s been on my radar. I love their Moon Disco line of lipsticks because they’re the perfect amount of glitter without the shinyness of a cream lipstick. The gold is one of the bolder shades from this line in my opinion because it’s so unexpected and belongs on a lit dance floor. (Lit as in legit lights in the floor). Gold is the Metallic Moon | Pink is Astral Punch. Side note, the blush I’m wearing is also by Stellar, the shade is called Eclipse and it is so similar to NARS’ Orgasm.

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I was very excited when Mac Rockers Matte Lipstick line launched earlier this year because I LIVE for a quirky matte lip. Blue Bang! (see above) and Darling Clementine (below) are my two favourite. They’re so bright and a lot more versatile than I had originally anticipated.

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The other two shades which I love dearly but didn’t really suite my skin tone were Jean Genie and Flatter Me Fierce.

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Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have long been a love of mine, Train Bleu was my grungy go to for the longest time! Unspoken, a matte midnight blue, is my new moody shade for sure. I loved creating a two tone lip with the MAC Rockers in Blue Bang!

What shades are you hyped on this summer?

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