A good lipstick has the power to wake up the entire face. Enter your new summer go-to.
If the thought of a coral lip makes you shudder, we're here to take the fear away. Believe it or not, the orange and pink hue perfectly complements every complexion—not to mention, the shade is the perfect finishing touch on bright summertime outfits. To learn how to pull off the look, we asked celebrity makeup artist and Marc Jacobs Beauty Global Artistry Ambassador Hung Vanngo for his top product picks for different skin tones. Plus, his easy prep tips so your pout stays smooth all day long.
Meet your match
While coral is universally flattering, you still want to consider your skin tone, points out Vanngo. Fair complexions look best in peach hues, while deeper skin tones dazzle in richer orange-reds.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Coachella Coral
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Core Cora
Create a fresh canvas
Yes, prepping your lips is an extra step, but it ensures the color goes on better and lasts longer. Massage a sugar scrub over lips or gently run an exfoliating wipe over them, recommends Vanngo, then follow with a hydrating lip balm. Dab lips with a tissue to remove any excess.
Stretch the lines
Cheat a fuller pout by ever so slightly extending the borders of your lips with a freshly sharpened lip pencil (choose a shade that matches your lipstick). Then fill in your lips with the pencil to create a base for the lipstick to adhere to; this will add longevity.
Lay it on thin
Apply lipstick to bottom lip, then press top and bottom lips together. Dab lipstick onto your Cupid’s bow and any other spots that need touch-ups. This technique prevents you from over applying, so instead of getting a thick, cakey finish, you’ll end up with a lightweight stain.
Clean up your act
For the finishing step, define the borders using a tiny dab of concealer on a lip brush, advises Vanngo. Carefully trace around your lips as close to the edges as possible, which will help keep your lipstick from migrating onto your face.