The Hottest Lipstick Colors – Find the Perfect Summer Shade

by Pearl
summer lipsticks

Sometimes all you need to make a statement is one single tube of lipstick. On bright and sunny days, when it comes to choosing the perfect shade of lipstick, we suggest – think happy and bold colors, think beautiful flowers and juicy fruits for inspiration. And, well… read on to find your new perfect shade of lipstick right here, right now.

Trendy summer lipstick shade inspiration


The vibrant orange color is a fun shade to pack on your next vacation, and it works great with tropical colors. This looks even more amazing on medium/darker skin tones.

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What should be more seasonal than a lip shade the color of a tasty watermelon? So loveable and kissable it is ideal for all skin tones to head up those summer nights.


It gives that beachy, laid-back vibe that will get you into hedonism state of mindset right away.

Coral Red

On the less electric and calmer side of the orange is coral red. It is essentially vibrant red with a hot orange finish, but easier to wear than orange and more fun than the classic red.

Electric Pink

This is such a joyful shade! The thing is with hot pink that is ultra-feminine but very graphic and modern at the same time. As long as you keep the rest of the makeup minimal, don’t be afraid to go for a loud lipstick.

Sangria Red

When speaking of bold color choices, although summer seems like an unlikely season for dark shades, my personal absolute favorite summertime color is a shade of sangria red. It just looks so good against bronze and dewy skin, it needs no further introduction.

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Lipstick shade inspiration from runways

Matte and Electric

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At Creatures of the Wind, Mark Carrasquillo used a trick that makeup artists used before matte lipstick formula was available.  He applied the blotted Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, then dipped a fluffy brush in Nars blush Exhibit A and dusted it over the lips. This way he created a powdered texture that was really the statement of this bright cherry lips.

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Two-toned lips

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Cushnie et Ochs took color blocking to a whole new level! Cherry red matte lipstick again but paired with a hot pink shade. On the upper lips, they used MAC lipstick in Perfect Score and on the lower lips they used Relentlessly Red. This trick will add a dimension to your look. If you want to try this just don’t forget to not smack your lips together after applying.


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After applying red lipstick, makeup artist at Jason Wu applied neon orange theater paint and said “It’s a raver girl red.  If you are up for this cool and sporty version of classic red try Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in Orange Red.

Related: Find the Perfect Red Lipstick to Flatter Your Complexion


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This color seen at Bibhu Mohapatra is seasonal as it can be. It is an unapologetically joyful shade. Reminding of tropical fruit is your perfect summer accessories. To achieve this look try Stellar Infinite lipstick in Astral Punch 02.


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At PPQ purple hues reigned, and set up an interesting color for us to think about.  As a cold hue, this one goes great with glowy skin. It will accentuate your naturally sun-kissed cheekbones, but be sure not to use a bronzer with it as it will look too orange in comparison. Try out Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint In Yaassss.

And at the end… Make it long-lasting

A quick reminder of steps required making your lipstick stay longer.

  • Exfoliate  – with a toothbrush, sugar, and honey…
  • Lip Balm – Before applying makeup, put on a thin coat of lip balm. Wait a bit and gently wipe off any excess remained.
  • Lipliner – Trace your lips with the same color lip liner – once the lips are lined using the same liner pencil to fill them in and have the foundation for your lipstick.
  • Lipstick  – Best to apply with a lip brush, it will stay longer. Then take a tissue and blot a couple of times to really press the color into your lips. Now go back and apply a second coat of color.
  • Concealer  – To help clean the lips and give them a clean edge, especially with darker shades, with a clean lip brush use a concealer to clean up the edges.
  • Extra tip – For the daytime, find a lipstick that contains SPF, your pout will thank you! 🙂

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments which shade you rock this summer! <3 Follow us on Instagram!

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