One of our favorite things about spring is putting away the browns and grays that dominated our winter wardrobes for the last few months, and finally bringing out the vibrant colors. Our kryptonite this season? Fuchsia lips. Gone are the days when we dabbed gentle, pale pinks on our lips to match the cherry blossoms; this spring, it’s all about big, bright, and bold!
The trend seems to be spreading like wildfire. Just last week we spotted Kendra Wilkinson rocking fuchsia lipstick on an episode of Dancing With the Stars, and a few days later, Emma Stone was posing for cameras wearing the same shade at Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List party in Hollywood.
It’s safe to say we’re digging this color; it’s a fun, flirty alternative to the classic red lip, and it has the ability to change a drab-looking outfit into something more trendy and chic. So where exactly should you start if you want to add a hot pink to your pout?
Perfecting a fuchsia lip is a lot like getting the perfect red lip: it’s all about precision. Before you start, make sure your lips are well hydrated and dab off any excess lip balm or ChapStick you may have used. Begin by lining your lips with a color that is near-identical to the fuchsia of your choice.
We really like Sephora’s Nano Lip Liner in Funky Fuchsia ($5) because it contains a small amount of shea butter, which helps lips stay hydrated. When you’ve colored in your whole lip, apply your lipstick with a lip brush, controlling where the color goes; avoid smudging in the wrong places. For a gorgeous, affordable fuchsia, try Milani’s Rose Hip lipstick ($4.99), which has great color payoff.
Blot any excess lipstick on a tissue, and then add an extra layer. To finish off, dab a small amount of concealer around the edge of your mouth to help prevent color bleeding.
Emma Stone image: Conde Nast