Being a child of the ’80s and ’90s, my instinct is actually to say “neon pink,” but that’s not the point. The point is that it’s March now, so I no longer feel any need to pay homage to dreary winter, and am officially in full-force Spring Makeup Mode. I’m busting out my lavender eye shadows and my mint-green nail polish, and am making my yearly contemplation about dying my hair blonde again. (Note: I’ll never actually do this, but it’s fun to think about.)
There’s no easier way to instantly spring-ify than to add a punchy pop of color on the lips, and I’m also of the opinion that a great lipstick makes a face look more “done” than any other cosmetic product. Did I mention that my birthday is also right around the corner? These hot pinks are at the top of my wish list.
Smashbox Be Discovered Be Legendary Lipstick in Hot Pink—This is from the Smashbox’s spring 2012 Be Discovered collection, which is bursting with amazing colors. This lipstick is creamy and long-lasting. ($19, Smashbox.com )
NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Dolly Girl—Gloss or stick? Pigment or shine? Durability or comfort? Now you don’t have to choose—NYX Xtreme Lip Cream is the best of both worlds. ($5.99, ULTA )
Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink—I got this Birchbox-exclusive shade in my box a few months ago, but you don’t have to be a Birchbox subscriber to buy it. Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss is perfectly non-sticky and gloop-free. ($8, Birchbox.com )
Illamasqua Lipstick in Corrupt—This grown-up-looking matte fuschia has just a touch of bluish pigment, which can make teeth seem whiter. ($22, Sephora.com )
Laura Mercier Gel Lip Color in Dollface—This shiny gel formula applies smoothly and evenly, with a semi-sheer finish that’s perfect for daytime. ($22, Nordstrom )