How To Pull Off Bright Lips for Daytime

bright lipsFrom the runway to the streets, bold lips are popping up everywhere this season. And for once, botox isn’t to blame. Shades of hot pink, bright coral, and fuchsia — first spotted adorning the mouths of models at Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander (right) and Fendi S/S 2011 — now light up the lips of  some of Tinseltown’s most lusted-after celebs. Gwen Stefani and her electric pink pout at Cannes? Yes, we’re completely obsessed too!

But as with all bold beauty trends seen on the runway and the red carpet, knowing how to incorporate a bright lip into your daily makeup regimen this summer can seem a bit challenging at first. However, take a cue from the experts and follow these quick and easy tips, and we guarantee you’ll have that vibrant daytime pout down in little to no time at all.

1. Choose a color that flatters your complexion. Summer’s hottest new shades may have you drooling at the mouth, but just because you love coral doesn’t mean you should rock it. Experiment a little and figure out which hues work best for your skin tone, then decide on your lip color from there. A good place to start is at a nearby department store or your local Sephora. Professionals will be on hand to help facilitate the process and aid you in finding the most appropriate lip shade(s) for YOU. But as a general rule (and if all else fails), go with fuchsia. The reddish-pink tint typically complements any complexion and can be adjusted for brightness based on your own unique features.

2. Keep the rest of your makeup simple. When rocking a radiant daytime pout, a light foundation and hint of mascara is all you need. Makeup should look subtle and fresh to accommodate bright lips, not overly done. Remember, you want your mouth to be the center of attention, not your clownish face.

3. Don’t attempt to match your outfit to your lips. We know it seems like a bright idea at first, but in reality, this is a BIG no-no. A punch of color can be fun, but too much at once is total overkill. Trust us, simplicity is key. Stick with neutral toned clothes that draw attention to your lips, not away from them. Otherwise, you may end up looking like a walking rainbow. And you definitely don’t want that.

4. Exert some confidence and own your look. Bold lips may be all the rage this season, but the real trick to pulling off this trend is the poise that comes behind it. Wear your makeup, don’t let it wear you. And remember, a little self-assurance goes a long ways, especially when it comes to sporting a bright lip.