Statement lips are back just in time for spring. With no specific color cast as the lead, both bold and eye-popping orange and violet hues share the stage in different tones for this upcoming season. Designers like Sonia Rykiel, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, and Nanette Lepore chose bright and bold lip shades from these two color families for their Spring 2012 shows. From tangy tangerines to dark sultry purple, there is a lip color suited for everyone. Here are the top hues that dominated the runway and the best lip colors to get the look.
Coral Gold No. 21
A sheer coral lip with gold tones looks great on fair skin and pairs easily with this season’s metallic hues and floral prints. Pair a sheer coral lipstick or stain with earthy neutral eye shades like the ones seen at No. 21, or if you are feeling a bit edgier, pair with metallic shades like silver and copper.
Sheer Color Lip Shine
To achieve a similar lip-color to the ones seen at No. 21, look for a creamy lipstick with a sheer finish like YSL's Shine Sheer lipstick in Blood Orange. Don't be fooled by the name of this lip color, as it is much more softer in shade than the title lets on. Of course, if you wanted to layer several applications for a brighter finish, more power to you. While the sheer color increases in pigment the more you apply, the finish never gets sticky. With a high shimmer finish, this luxe moisturizing lip color glides easily and stays put for an 8-hour perfect pout. Plus, it comes in a chic gold case that is super luxe and glamorous.
Blood Orange at Jason Wu
Blood orange is a great alternative to a ruby red pout. Edgier than coral, and more fresh than plain red, blood orange is bold, eye-popping, and looks great with this Spring's floral prints. To achieve the bold pout seen at Jason Wu's Spring 2012 show, line your lips with a nude pencil before applying a matte orange lipstick with red tones. Because the hue is heavily pigmented, work it over flawless skin, add an earthy brownish blush on your cheekbones. This shade complements brunettes.
Replicate the bold pouts seen at Jason Wu's Spring collection with M.A.C.'s Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Korean Candy. A bright orange with red tones, this hybrid combines the color impact of a lipstick with the shine of a lip glass, minus the sticky factor. Super bright and fun to wear, this lip color will instantly upgrade any plain outfit to a stylish look.
Fluorescent Orange at Nanette Lepore
From apparel to accessories, neon is everywhere this season, and not surprisingly, looks great as a lip color too. For her Spring 2012 show, Nanette Lepore's models showed off a super-bright/borderline fluorescent orange lip color that was attention grabbing and semi-mod looking. To avoid looking like a clown, avoid pastel eye shades and overpowering blushes. Instead, dab a bit of highlighter on your cheeks and eyelids to look even more awake. Black mascara is a must as well. This shade looks great on almost every skin tone but the same can't be said for clothing. Avoid graphic and colorful prints when rocking this lipstick and instead stick with solid dark garments like an LBD for the perfect coupling.
To achieve a similar electric pout like the neon tones at Nanette Lepore, look for tangerine based lip colors. Lllamsqua’s color intense lipstick in Flare is the perfect match for this trend. The highly pigmented formula glides on smoothly for a glossy finish while the rich pigment stays on all night. This bright hue is a must for any spring wardrobe.
Sheer Violet at Etro
From corals to purples, violet toned lipsticks were a huge trend during the Spring 2012 collections. At Etro's Spring show, models worked a sheer violet hue on their lips that looked feminine and hippie-chic. This light and soft color looks great on olive to dark skin tones as it tends to wash out pale faces. Accentuate this lip trend by highlighting the rest of your face with a light bronzer or combine your pout with a blush of the same shade for extra emphasis.
Vital Violet Lip Shine
Neutrogena's MoistureShine Lip Gloss in Vital Violet is the perfect hue to achieve the effortless pout seen at the Etro show. Not only is this romantic shade pretty and soft looking, it actually moisturizes and softens the lips as it is packed with moisture-boosting emollients and nurturing botanical ingredients. This shade has a glossy finish that looks great for both day and nighttime outings, and more importantly, lasts long enough for both events.
Sultry Purple at Prabal Gurung
Vampy and sultry, and not for the faint of heart, the lip hue of choice at the Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 collection was anything but sheer. Prabal's models worked a bold purple pout that matched the electric ensembles and theme of the show. While the models showed off a more matte hue, this type of purple looks great in a creamy version as well. Keep your complexion luminous and your eyes bright with mascara to keep the emphasis on your strong lips when working this trend. Looks great and even more attention-grabbing when wearing an all-white outfit.
To work your own version of a vampy purple, try Revlon's Super Lustrous-Pearl Lipstick in Violet Frenzy. This lipstick is super lustrous and looks very sophisticated when applied. Make sure to line your lips with lip liner in the same shade for extra texture and pigmentation before applying this lip-color. This beautiful shade flatters most skin tones and will stay on trend all year round. Best part, this lip color is super affordable.