NAIL THESE BOLD SUMMER SHADES
For a mood booster in micro form, look no further than a bold lip colour. “Bright colours enhance lips, making them appear more voluptuous and giving you more swagger,” says Jodi Urichuk, a Canadian makeup artist and expert for L’Oréal Paris who has worked with famous faces like Laura Dern and Serena Williams. “When you wear a red lip, you walk completely differently, feel differently and radiate differently.” Spicy shades of pink, coral, orange and red complement every skin tone, as does a relaxed application. “You don’t need to have that hard line,” she says. “The look now is softer, even though it’s packing a punch. The edges are powdery.” To DIY, use a lip brush to gently blur the lipline “so that it’s more like a stain and less like a hard, painted lip.”
For a bold lip to headline, there’s an opening act to address. “Exfoliating your lips and having a smooth palette for products is key, especially if you’re going to wear a bright matte lip colour,” says Urichuk. “You want your lips to look hydrated.” Try Eos Tropical Escape ($10), a handy two-piece set that includes a gentle sugar scrub and balm infused with coconut oil. If feathering or bleeding is a concern, consider using a lip primer, a translucent lip pencil or even a light dusting of finely milled face powder over top of lips to enhance its staying power. “It just gives you an extra safety zone so that you know the lip colour won’t go anywhere,” she says.
Is matte just too much? Pivot to a lively coloured gloss, which Urichuk always endorses. “I love lip gloss, and I take a few things into consideration when choosing one,” she says. “First, ask yourself how you want it to perform. Think about whether it’s for hydration, plumping or long wear.” When it comes to shade selection, your complexion can inform your choice. “Generally, with a sheer lip gloss, going one or two shades darker than your actual lip colour is a good way to gauge it,” she says. This summer, metallic glosses are having a moment, and the pro is here for it. “Women at any age can wear a little sparkle these days, and we should embrace it because it’s youthful and fun,” she says.