Lipstick Shades

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”

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  1. Love it! The problem I run into is I hate reapplying and wearing bright lipstick and having it fade into that yucky stain look! Do you have any suggestions for making bright lipsticks last longer?

  2. I love, love, love “impassioned” by MAC. Just got it for Christmas and it’s become my fav thing to wear! I am not a lipstick girl but I think this shade has potentially converted me!! (It’s a really great pink)

  3. I love the Nars heat wave, one of my fav reds! I agree with keeping face makeup minimal when wearing bright lips! I’d rather have bold lips everyday anyway!

    Love your blog


  4. Such a great way to see how different shades look, way better then trying to endlessly guess at the drugstore or in the beauty department :) I’ve also found Revlon’s “Red Revolution” is great – an excellent introductory red.

  5. What a great post! I’m a bit of a lipstick-aholic, too. Really any makeup, now that I come to think of it. My favorite drugstore brand is definitely Revlon; the quality is fantastic, and the colors are always so vivid!


  6. Fabulous post! They all look so great on you. I do love lipsticks too and have the same one by YSL. Wear mostly pinks though and I think it’s time to try something new..
    Adela x

  7. Do you have any information on lip care? My lips get so chapped in the winter that wearing lipstick is nearly impossible. Also, do you line your lips or, how on earth do you get it to look so perfect?!

  8. I love the Lippy Primrose Hill Picnic and Armani #400! I’m inspired to try out some new lipstick shades!!

  9. They are all amazing! I am so glad you did this post. I always love your lipstick! My favorites are the Lippy bright pink and Nars red!


  10. Thank you so much for this! You always seem to pull off lipstick so well, and I’ve been inspired to try it too.

  11. I’ve recently started loving lipsticks although I don’t wear them too often yet (especially in this cold weather… I can barely keep my lips maintainably chapped…) But when I do wear lipstick I am loving the Bare Essentials lipstick! It soaks into my lips more and does start to come off in weird ways like my Revlon did. I might need to try some of these though!

  12. Those are my three favorite color families for lipstick, too! I will be adding all of these to my wishlist :D.

    Also, I am constantly amazed by how different Heat Wave looks on different people! It looks so much more red on you than it does on me!


  13. Hi Julia! You look beautiful and I can say that following your blog for the past two years has finally given me the courage to try out lipstick :) I’ve always been girly but feared lipstick, until I saw how great it looks on you. Question for you though, do you ever use matte lipstick? Or do you feel like it gives you a “just ate a red popsicle” look? I’m struggling to decide if I like it!

  14. Love these looks. The problem I have, though, is that I have really dry skin and lips. I’m a chapstick-a-holic and lipstick only exacerbates the problem.

    Any tips or tricks from a lipstick pro?

  15. Julia, thanks for the post! I remember from your previous lipstick shades post I actually bought a few of them because I liked them so much! I find it difficult sometimes to pick out shades, so its nice to actually see it on someone. Loving the red one by Revlon! xo

  16. My favorite is the rose/candied rose combo. Pink is a more flattering color on me than red, so I shy away from reds in general. Love them all though!


  17. Great post and pictures, Julia!! Love bold lips as well. The 1st pink ‘Hill Picnic’ is too adorable.

    You look great in pink and red hues!

    Cheers from the Bay Area!