Around this time of year, we find ourselves doing our predictable annual double-take in the bathroom mirror. You know, the one where you think, "Wait a minute — when did my skin start looking so...blah? What happened to my glow? WHO STOLE MY GLOW?" But hold up a second — don't go nuts with the bronzer, highlighter and contouring brush just yet. There's a simple remedy for a lifeless, lackluster complexion; one that works for every skin type, and that you can score for less than the price of a fancy coffee. What is it, you ask? A bold, bright lip color that adds instant vibrancy to your visage, of course. We asked a bevy of local makeup artists to let us in on their secrets for choosing the perfect shades to pop against your complexion, no matter where you fall on the skin-tone spectrum. Ahead, a bounty of electric hues, plus the pro tips you need to make them work for you. Now who's got the glow?
The pro: Michelle German
Her words to live by: "Who cares about makeup rules! My opinion? Get noticed with some bright-colored lips."
Fair to light complexions:
"Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in Red Muse is a cool-toned red that could be perfect for anyone, but is most definitely amazing for light and fair skin tones. Not only is it smooth and moisturizing, but the packaging is enough to make me purchase and recommend this lipstick to all my girls."
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in Red Muse, $34, available at YSL Beauty.
Medium to olive complexions:
"Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi is a hot pink that will make your heart throb. This blue-based pink lipstick reminds me of a Barbie doll, and would look great on any skin tone."
Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi, $19, available at Sephora.
"Ka'Oir Lipstick in Rude Girl is the perfect purple color for deep skin tones. It is bright, creamy, and can easily be in the running for best bright purple for brown skin. Dare to be different!"
Ka'Oir Lipstick in Rude Girl, $16.99, available at Ka'Oir Cosmetics.
Photo: Courtesy of Michelle German
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