Hi, my name is Caroline, and I’m addicted to lipstick.
Unless I am headed to the gym, you will never see me out without some shade of something on my lips. I equate it to feeling naked in public, at this point lipstick is a part of my identity. It’s been a signature beauty move of mine since I was in high school and not much has changed! I always joke that lipstick is my favorite accessory – if you’re rocking a bold lip what else do you need? Even when I’m not feeling my absolute best, or when I am just having a bit of lazy makeup day, lipstick is all you need to instantly elevate your look. Ladies am I right or am I right?
Like most of us girls, I love makeup, I love trying new things, I love the process of beautifying myself, but I am the first person to admit that I am not exactly a professional in all areas of the beautyverse, but what I am pretty good at is lipstick. As if I haven’t made my obsession abundantly clear, but honestly, you name a brand – I’ve tried it. And I have at least one of their lipsticks in the lipstick drawer in my house (yes, I have an entire drawer of lipsticks I have collected). BUT. Like most things in life, we’ve all got our favorites. I have some classic go-to’s but I actually switch “current favs” often, and usually as trends and seasons change. I have some favorites right now that I would love to tell you all about so that you have some genuinely approved lipsticks to throw in your cute little ratan bag this summer!
So without further adieu, these are my 5 “must have” lipsticks for Spring & Summer:
LE ROUGE DUO ULTRA TENUE | “RADIANT PINK”
Fact: Chanel’s long wear lipsticks (this line in particular) will forever and always be my favorite in my arsenal. If you’re looking for a lipstick that will not move – despite eating, drinking, and carrying on – the Rouge Duo formula is your golden ticket. I have quite a few of these, they’re my most used lipsticks, and I 150% swear by them. I love this “Radiant Pink” shade because it’s a fun pop of bright pink but it’s not too crazy aggressive. What’s great about this guy is that one side is the color that goes on very matte so that it stays, and the other side is a simple gloss so you can gloss it as much or as little as you wish. “Radiant Pink” a FANTASTIC balanced pink pigment, and trust me once you try the “rouge duo ultra tenue” formula… you ain’t never looking back!
Lipstick Link: take me to Radiant Pink!
GLOSS ANGELES LIP GLOSS | “AY, POPPY”
I won’t lie, I was totally sold on the “Gloss Angeles” title alone, but come to find that this high pigment lipgloss has become my #1 daytime go-to! “Ay, Poppy” is, as you may have suspected, a poppy/coral shade and is an easy way to polish off a “lighter” look. I have never been much of a lipgloss girl but I will tell you, the entire Gloss Angeles collection has me seriously reconsidering!
Lipstick Link: take me to Ay, Poppy!
OUTBURST LONG WEAR STAIN | “STRAWBERRY FROZÉ”
I have been one of Bite’s biggest fans for years. I think I have more Bite lipsticks in my lipstick drawer than any other brand, I even have some custom ones! BUT, I have to say, their latest “Outburst Long Wear Stain” formula is BY FAR my favorite they’ve ever come out with. They recently came out with the formula in three absolutely crucial colors, especially for summer. And as much as I’d like to say this shade (Strawberry Frozé) is my favorite… I am equally obsessed with all three. (There’s one that is a more vibrant orangey-red, and there’s another that is more of a deep ‘sangria” colored red.) When they say “stain” they mean it too. What’s great about the way it goes on is that it starts off a little shiny, but as time goes on it comes off and leaves a literal stain, so it doesn’t necessarily look like you need to reapply, you’re just wearing it differently. It’s a magic formula. You heard it here first.
Lipstick Link: take me to Strawberry Frozé!
WEIGHTLESS LIP COLOR | “PHOENIX”
If you were just getting started with lipsticks and needed the essentials, I would tell you to go with Kosas. Kosas – one of my absolute favorite and *local* female run brands – makes the most incredibly beautiful and perfect quintessential lipsticks that LITERALLY look amazing on everyone. The entire collection consists of just 10 colors, but really they’re kind of all you ever need! Phoenix is one of the brands most recent additions and it is easily my favorite. I will always be a “bold red lip” kind of gal and this firey red is absolute perfection inside and out.
Lipstick Link: take me to Phoenix!
HOT LIPS | “TELL LAURA”
Charlotte Tilbury – the whole brand – is currently my absolute beauty obsession. One day I discovered the line, the next I had contour wands, highlighter pens, eyeliner, eyeshadow palettes, and lipsticks galore. Most of my makeup these days is Charlotte Tilbury and lipstick is no exception – she is the freakin’ queen. And not just because she’s English. I love that Charlotte Tilbury offers several types of lipsticks formulas from matte to shiny and everything in between, but if I had to pick an absolute favorite pigment/shade it would be “Tell Laura”. It’s the PERFECT bright orangey-red, it’s matte but it moves, and it is my single most complimented lipstick I wear. So there you have it.
Lipstick Link: take me to Tell Laura!