Shades of Summer: Exploring This Season's Hottest Lipstick Trends

Sun’s out, buns out, and by buns, I mean our luscious, pouty lips ready to paint the town (and the beach, and the summer soirees) every hue of fabulous. And that's right, summer is here, and like our SPF, our lipstick game needs to be just as strong, if not stronger! Before we dive into this season's hottest lipstick trends, grab a refreshing glass of lemonade, sit back, and pucker up for a shade parade!

First things first, let's pay our respects to the all-time classic red. The red lip is like the little black dress of the makeup world. But this summer, we’re not just talking any red – oh no, we’re all about that fire engine, stop-you-in-your-tracks kind of red. Because, honey, when it’s 100 degrees outside, it's only fair we match the heat on our lips! We've seen this trend blazing on the runways (check out the Vogue Beauty article: Fire Red: The Classic Lip Trend That's Heating up this Summer).

But the red-lip lovers out there will be tickled pink to know that there’s a new bold color entering the scene – say hello to Fuchsia! Oh yes, darling, it's not just the flowers that are blooming this season. Let's paint our lips with petal power. A swipe of high-pigment, high-shine fuchsia lipstick can make even the sultriest summer day a bit cooler. Try it and tell me if you don’t feel like strutting down the street like it’s your personal catwalk.

While we're on the topic of florals, let's not forget the orchid hues. These soft purples are a delicate compromise between reds and pinks, an amethyst kiss if you will. This shade is perfect for garden parties, Sunday brunches, or even an afternoon lazing in the hammock. They say lavender has calming properties, and let me tell you, the moment you put on orchid lipstick, you'll feel like you're floating in a lavender field in Provence. And we all need a slice of that tranquility in the sweaty summer, don't we?

Now, we all know orange is the new black, but did you know that orange is also the new red when it comes to summer lip trends? Tangerine lips are in, my friends! It's a bold choice but hear me out. An orange lip can be as subtle as a sorbet or as loud as a sunset. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at Elle Beauty's article: Tangerine Dream: The Unexpected Lipstick Shade that's Taking Over the Summer.

For those of you who prefer a more natural look, fear not! Nude lips are as classic as they come. But this summer, it's not just about the 'barely there' look. I'm talking about nudes with attitude. Think sandy pinks, taupe tans, soft mochas - anything that gives your lips a hint of color while keeping it understated and elegant. Perfect for any occasion, from beach to barbeque to boardroom!

We can't forget about gloss. Yes, you read right. Glossy lips are back and better than ever. Remember the sticky, gloopy gloss from our teenage years? Well, this is not that. This is 2023, and lip glosses are sophisticated, lightweight and hydrating. I'm talking about juicy, glossy lips that say, "I just had the most delicious popsicle, and I might just have another one."

Last but not least, let’s talk about texture. Summer 2023 is all about the matte! Now, I know what you're thinking. "Matte, in summer? Isn't it too drying?" Well, not anymore. Thanks to new formulations, we're seeing lipsticks that are matte, but not flat. They’re creamy, they're comfortable, they're long-lasting. And they won't melt off your face in the heat, unlike some of us.

Before I leave you to raid your favorite beauty store, remember this – the best shade for you is the one that makes you feel amazing. So don’t be afraid to experiment, mix and match, layer, and most importantly, have fun!

To wrap it up, in the wise words of RuPaul, "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" And let's be honest, there's no better way to show love than with a bold, beautiful lip. So get out there, beauties. Summer is waiting, and so are those stunning lipstick shades!

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