January 24, 2013

Lipstick Shades

I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a lipstick-aholic. Whether it’s a bright shade of red or a subtle pink, I think everyone looks better (and more lively) with a little color on their lips. I know a lot of women are hesitant to wear lipstick because they don’t want to feel overdone, especially for an “everyday look”. I have found that the key to wearing lipstick during the day is to keep everything else very minimal. I keep my eye makeup very simple with just a few swipes of mascara and add a little bit of highlighter under my eyes and on my cheekbones. I’m always playing around with different shades of lipstick, but the ones above are definitely my top colors I keep going back to. I also color matched each shade of lipstick in Photoshop so I could show you guys a more accurate shade of each color.

You can also view my past favorite lipstick shades here!

Lippy “Primrose Hill Picnic”
YSL “Fushia Dore”
Jane Iredale “Rose” + Pure Gloss in “Candied Rose”
NARS “Heat Wave”
Revlon “Really Red”
Giorgio Armani #400
Burberry “Pink Azalea”
Revlon “Raspberry Bite”
Revlon “Plum”

filed in: beauty tips

{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassidy Short January 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Love this post! NARS “Heat Wave” is my favorite red, bright & so classic!




Andrea {daintylittlethings.com} January 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Love the maroon lipstick for these colder months!



Caroline January 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Love the colors, especially the bright reds!




niky marie January 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

you really pull off lipstick so well! every color looks so amazing on you


jenn~the stylish housewife January 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

every time i see you wear “heat wave” i swear i am going to buy it! i think today might finally be the day! =)

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife


Stefanie // Life on the Squares January 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm

The YSL Fuschia looks stunning on you! Great post!

XO, Stefanie
Life on the Squares


Stephanie January 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Definitely makes me want to be more adventurous with my lip color!!!



Ashley O'Connor January 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

What red lipstick would you suggest for a girl with reddish undertones? I always feel like I look ruddy when I wear red lipstick but am still determined to find one that looks good on me.


Emma Finlayson January 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

The Revlon Really Red is the perfect shade!


Shoegal Out In The World January 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Great shades of lipsticks… I want them all…

xo, Violeta



The Fashion Canvas January 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Love this post! Great minds must think alike, because Cupcakes & Cashmere had here post on lipstick shades as well!!



Pam January 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Great colors! Thanks for sharing.


Jessiker @ Jessiker Bakes January 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Ooh la la ! I love these colours and they look great on you!


Jessiker @ Jessiker Bakes January 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Ooh la la ! I love these colours and they look great on you! Fantastic!


Elisa January 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Lipstick is definitely one of those things I shy away from. But I’ve always admired those who can pull it off!


Hannah January 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

This is amazing! I’m always wondering what lipstick shade you’re wearing. I’m a lipstick aholic myself. My old fave is MAC “Morange” and my newest fave is Urban Decay Lip crayon in “Candy” — you should check it out! I think you’d love it.

Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget


The Tailored Two January 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

We totally agree, each of our collections of lipstick are getting a little ridiculous and now we need to try some of these lipstick colors! Loving the pink Lippy one.


Chelsea January 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Great post! A pop of red always brightens an otherwise dull day. My favorite right now is MAC “ruby woo” My only complaint is that it feathers around the edges of my lips, not a good look if you are fair skinned!



Gigi January 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm

It’s so weird that you and Cupcakes and Cashmere posted the same thing on the same day, haha


Julia January 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Why is that weird?


Kelsey January 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Ohhh, thanks for all the tips on your favorite shades! My favorite {right now} is the YSL Fushia. I actually just did a post on my skincare {kind of a beauty day I guess}.



Anngelik Martinez January 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Lately I’ve been obsessed with wearing bold lip colors and these are beautiful!



Iris January 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Very nice swatches and recommendations. :)

Totally agree with you on lipstick being wearable to the workplace, etc. and as an everyday look. The trick is to find the right colour. I’m currently wearing a berry colour in the office, and it looks very professional and not over the top at all.


Anna January 25, 2013 at 12:49 am

There is just so many shades of red. You look lovely with red on!



Meghan January 25, 2013 at 1:08 am

I’m still trying to find my feet in the lipstick world , I definitely loving the “primrose hill picnic” ..



Laura January 25, 2013 at 1:25 am

Beautiful lip colors, Julia! Just wondering — do you put any gloss on top of those colors or anything as a base on your lips? I live in New Jersey and in the dead of winter, my lips aren’t always the most moisturized! Your lipstick looks very glossy so I was just wondering if that is the nature of the products you reviewed, or if you layer products. Love your posts!


Amy January 25, 2013 at 3:05 am

I swear you pull off lipstick better than most! So far I haven’t been able to venture too far into bold colors… maybe its time. :)



Kodi January 25, 2013 at 3:58 am

Annnnnd now I want to go buy more lipstick to add to my already ridiculous collection. You’ve got so many beautiful shades! I like this post.


Hannah Ahn January 25, 2013 at 3:59 am

I love the Revlon raspberry bite! Beautiful color!


Jerrell // JerrellRenee.com January 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Love this post! I’m a total lipstick-junkie. When I find a great shade, I buy it. No questions asked!


Traci January 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Love this post! Makes me want to go buy a ton of lipstick.



laura January 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I have a question! I feel like when I wear lipstick you can see all the lines in my lips, they rarely go on smoothly. Do you use a primer or anything? I LOVE lipstick but it doesn’t look as lovely on my lips as it does on yours. And they aren’t chapped. Anything I should do to prep my lips before wearing a bright hue?


Darcy January 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Such a fun post! All of the colors look great! I think I may need to add to my lipstick collection :)



Jackie January 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Revlon Plum looks gorgeous! I may have to pick that up at Target today.

{Pretty Petals}


Bethany January 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I love the nars lipcolor on you! red is my absolute fav..


Michelle January 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm

LOVE this post. I need to do this with my lipstick collection so I can better see the color variety! :)

xx Michelle

Fierce & Fashionable


Lo January 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm

This makes me want to try them all! You’re gorgeous!


coulda shoulda woulda January 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

This post is soooo well done and edited – love the actual result of the lippies on you! most magazines dont do this enough – they just show it but its like looking at paint colors…I hope there are more of these in your archives!


jenny February 3, 2013 at 1:31 am

love the lippy primrose hill picnic and revlon’s raspberr bite! so pretty!



Marissa February 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

What shade of blush are you wearing with these different lipsticks?


Alice April 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Lovely post! I am looking for a great red lipstick and now that I have seen your post I may go for Nars!
Thank you


Hannah August 15, 2013 at 3:58 am

This is such a cool post! Love every single color on you!!!

Lots of love,



shani October 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

Wow. Just…wow. It’s like making your own personal swatchbook!



Michele Dundon August 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Try added a little gold to your bottom lip. This gives you that pouty look without Botox… Lol


Ellie September 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Hi, i think all the lipticks look fab! I just wondered if you whiten your teeth because red lipticks always make my teeth look yellow :( thank you for your time :)


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